Research and innovation
Research and innovation
Our research takes a critical approach to exploring the role that performance and the arts play in the creative, cultural and social aspects of society.
The academic expertise of our staff and research students form a diverse and welcoming community united by a passion for contemporary theatre and performance and the wider arts and cultural sector.
We have a strong interdisciplinary ethos which leads us to collaborate with colleagues from across the University, as well as with universities and industry partners around the world.
Our vibrant and growing community of PhD researchers is an integral part of our research culture and reflects the rich diversity of our School’s research interests.
Research activity in the School is conducted under three interlocking themes which define our unique research identity: Cultural value, engagement and policy; Cultural places, spaces and environments; and Performance pedagogies, processes and practices. Our research centres and groups are each tied to one of these themes.
Research in the School of Performance and Cultural Industries is represented by six research groups.
Positioning training within a larger context of performance practice this research group explores the processes of preparation in dramaturgy, composition, theatre directing and devising.More on Performance Training, Preparation and Pedagogy
Centre for Cultural Value
The Centre for Cultural Value is building a shared understanding of the differences that arts, culture, heritage and screen make to people’s lives and to society. It wants cultural policy and practice to be based on rigorous research and evaluation of what works and what needs to change.
Stanislavsky Research Centre
The Stanislavsky Research Centre is a unique international initiative created to provide a home for both academic and practice/performance-based research based upon the work and legacy of Konstantin Stanislavsky.
Impact and engagement
With industry in its name, the School’s research is rooted in strong local, regional, national and international collaborations with external partners ensuring that the impact of our work is felt on society locally and globally. We are proud of the deep relationships our researchers have forged with a broad range of industry partners in culture, environment, health, policymaking, economics and business and we are committed to engaging with the challenging opportunities for real-world change and transformation that these partners demand.
Centre for Practice-led Research in the Arts
The Centre for Practice Research in the Arts (CePRA) brings together scholars from across the arts disciplines whose research employs practice research methodologies.
Our research projects explore a wide range of contemporary issues within the performance and cultural industries, working with partners on a global scale.
If you are a professional or an academic, and you have a scheme of academic research that you can appropriately conduct at the School of Performance and Cultural Industries, then our visiting scholar programme may be a perfect opportunity for you.