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Coventry University is a diverse and exciting place to work and we share the enthusiasm of our staff and students to be the best at whatever they choose to do. As one of the City’s biggest employers, we offer some impressive benefits for our staff and are committed to delivering the very best opportunities. We have a comprehensive training, personal and professional development programme that provides our employees with the skills to enhance their performance in the workplace and grow in their careers. There are pension schemes, a generous holiday allowance and flexible working opportunities as well as lifestyle benefits including childcare vouchers, discounted membership to the £4 million sports and recreation centre and schemes such as Cycle to Work and the CU Car Share initiative.

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Our Team

Research Staff

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Professor Sarah Whatley (Director)

Performance, digital, digitisation, choreography, somatic dance, dance and disability and dance archiving

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Professor Scott deLahunta

Choreography, dance documentation and digitisation, new forms of publication and interdisciplinary research

 Ruth Gibson

Ruth Gibson

Motion capture, virtual reality, augmented reality, installation, performance and performance games

 Emma Meehan

Dr Emma Meehan

Irish dance and theatre, practice as research and somatic practices


Dr Karen Wood

Contemporary dance practice, choreography, dance film and dance science


Dr Hetty Blades

Dance and technology, analytic philosophy, documentation and archiving

 Michaelina Jakala

Dr Simon Ellis

Choreography, dramaturgy, practice-as-research, screendance, digital performance and dance improvisation

 Dr. Eline Kieft

Dr Eline Kieft

Qualitative research methodologies, dance, healing, empowerment and spirituality

 Rosamaria E. Kostic Cisneros

Rosamaria E. Kostic Cisneros

Dance, flamenco, dance history, Roma community and participatory research

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Dr Kate Marsh

Disability in dance

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Professor Charlotte Waelde

Intellectual property law, copyright, copyright and digital technologies, human rights,

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Jonathan Burrows

Contemporary dance and performance practice

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Dr Victoria Thoms

Political, social and embodied understandings of identity, feminist theory and deconstruction

 Rosemary Lee

Rosemary Lee

Choreographic practice, participatory practice, somatic practice with people with a range of experience

 Dr. Susanne Foellmer

Dr Susanne Foellmer

Corporeality, reconstruction and heritage in performance and contemporary dance

 Siobhan Davies

Siobhan Davies

Choreography, interdisciplinary practice and collaborating across art forms


Silvana Colella

Feminism, Heritage, 1970s, Museum Studies, Feminist Theory, Agenda

Associate Staff

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Dr Adam Collis 

 Dr. Sara Reed

Dr Sara Reed

Somatic practices, dancers education/training, dance pedagogy

Nicole Panizza 

Dr Nicole Panizza

Music, performance, cultural agency, literary analysis and criticism (poetics)

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Dr Christopher Hobbs

Music composition

 Dr. Lynsey McCulloch

Dr Lynsey McCulloch

Early modern literature and performance

 Professor Neil Forbes

Professor Neil Forbes

Twentieth century international history

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Professor Mark Evans

Theatre, performance and theatre training


Dr Taryn Storey


Dr Tom Williams

Interactive Music, Electroacoustic Music, Music Composition: instrumental, vocal and electroacoustic


Dr Luo Li

Intellectual property (IP), fashion design, cultural heritages, information technology, media and social economic development. 


Post-graduate Research Students

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Jenny Coogan


 Marie-Louise Crawley Thumbnail

Marie-Louise Crawley


 Dr. Sara Reed

Gustavo Fijalkow


 Debbie Fionn-Barr

Debbie Fionn-Barr


 Rebecca Stancliffe

Rebecca Stancliffe


 Becca Weber

Becca Weber


 Cathy Washbrooke

Cathy Washbrooke


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Teoma Naccarato


 Emilie Gallier Thumbnail

Emilie Gallier


 Lisa Wilson Thumbnail

Lisa Wilson


 Ilya Vidrin Thumbnail

Ilya Vidrin


 Sara Wookey Thumbnail

Sara Wookey


 Kathryn Stamp Thumbnail

Kathryn Stamp


 Colin Poole Thumbnail

Colin Poole


Margaret Amaranth Medlin

Margie Medlin

 Carol Breen Thumnail

Carol Breen

 Lyle Weir Thumnail

Lyle Weir


Erica Charalambous


Claire Ridge


Amanda Rogerson


Anita Waples


Marisa Godoy dos Santos Rüegg


Kim Kothen


Katye Coe


Vipavinee Artpradid


Yael Owen-Mckenna


Sarah Thomas

Research Support

Lily Hayward-Smith

Research Support Administrator

Leonor Rodriguez Esteves

Research Delivery Support Partner

Tim Hammerton

Programme Manager – REACH

Dymphna Fox

Research Support Administrator

Alli Sellors

Operations Manager

Amy Tan

Research Development Executive

Sarah Bailey

Research Finance and Compliance Officer


Visiting Professors

Helen Poyner

Professor Helen Thomas


Dr Amanda Williamson

Caroline Bowditch


Visiting Fellows

Harriet Deacon