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Impact and Engagement Report

Read our report to find out about some of our current and recent research projects, student engagement and community activities.

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Our research

As a School we place impactful research at the heart of everything we do and provide innovative leadership in the field of performance and across the arts and cultural industries. Our research is characterised by being socially engaged – deeply rooted in and connected to the arts and culture, and the roles that these play in society.

We are acknowledged as world-leading in key areas of our research and impact activity and over the next ten years we will build on this strong base to develop a more regenerative culture that embraces the vast potential offered by digital transformation.

Our research represents an arc that ranges from the individual artist to the general public via creative practitioners, producers, managers, leaders, audiences, markets and policymakers. It offers a strategic response to the global challenges facing our planet and its people – complex and urgent issues that demand creative, pioneering, interdisciplinary and imaginative approaches. Our Impact and Engagement Report provides rich insights into some of the research projects and engagement activities undertaken in the school over the last six years.

We have a strong interdisciplinary ethos which leads us to collaborate with colleagues from across the University, as well as with universities and cultural sector 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.

Research groups

Research in the School of Performance and Cultural Industries is represented by six research groups.

The Audience, Experience and Engagement research group investigates how audiences engage with and are engaged by a range of theatre forms, performance and the arts.

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The Bodies and Performance research group explores the way bodies are performed in their cultural, biological, philosophical, aesthetic and mediated contexts and manifestations.

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The Participation research group examines the nature of participation as both a process and a goal, in all its forms, from participatory practice, research and governance.

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This research group examines how place functions beyond the theatre building, focusing on the reciprocal relationship between people and place in both built and natural environments.

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Positioning training within a larger context of performance practice this research group explores the processes of preparation in dramaturgy, composition, theatre directing and devising.

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The Centre for Cultural Policy is dedicated to exploring and expanding the breadth of research in the field of cultural policy, regionally, nationally and internationally.

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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.