Dr Fiona Bannon


I work in the School of Performance and Cultural Industries and have experience across a number of roles that have included the design and delivery of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes of study and the supervision of a range of research degrees that focus on the generation of knowledge through engagement with arts.

I began my professional career after completing postgraduate studies in Community Dance at the Laban Centre (London). As a freelance arts practitioner I moved  to Sydney, Australia where I worked as the Education and Community Officer for Ausdance (NSW). On returning to the UK, I joined the Scarborough School of Arts (University of Hull) to lecture in dance and performance, and later became the Head of Performance, Theatre and Dance. In 2004 I became Head of the School of Arts in 2004 and subsequently the Head of the School of Arts and New Media, University of Hull.

I am a Senior Lecturer in the School of Performance and Cultural Industries, Leeds, continuing my research into ethics and aesthetics in performance and collaborative practice. I am the Chair of DanceHE and founding member of Architects of the Invisible, a performance collective that explores experimental choreography and social interaction. I am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and recently joined the Executive of the World Dance Alliance and I also Chair the Working Group for World Dance Alliance-Europe.

My current work includes supervision of PhD research with candidates working in the areas of collaborative arts practice, auto-biographic research through queer theory; lesbian salsa space in Europe, knowing climate change through arts; social art making through improvisation and the place of the body in performance. I write for dance journals including Research in Dance Education and Choreographic Practices, and regularly present research work nationally and internationally.

Most recent publication is Considering Ethics in Dance, Theatre and Performance.  Published with Palgrave (2018). 

The discussion investigates ethics, aesthetics,  creative co-creation and knowledge generation in performance.

  • Ethics and Collaborative Performance
  • Arts and Aesthetic Education
  • Improvisation, dialogue, and co-creative practice
  • Multisensory performance, land-based arts, and well-being
  • Somaesthetics, society, and senses making
  • Social arts practice, participation, and sustainability.

Director Centre for Practice-Led Research in the Arts (CePRA) 




  • Assessment Lead
  • Academic Integrity Officer
  • Year in Industry Tutor

Research interests

Most recent publication

  • Considering Ethics in Dance, Theatre and Performance (Palgrave, 2018).
  • https://www.palgrave.com/gb/book/9783319917306

Most recent conference presentations      

Keynote:   People Dancing: Artistic Citizenship in Practice.

  • Briding the training contexts:re-assessong techniques and skills for the social and cultural sphere.  Centre for Performance Pracrtice and Research, Faculty of Arts, University of Winchester.

Keynote:  Dancing in a World that matters.

  • Our Dance Democracy: Dance, Performance, Culture and Civic Democracy.  Merseyside Dance Initiative(MDI)  and Liverpool Hope University.  2nd-3rd November 2018.


<h4>Research projects</h4> <p>Any research projects I'm currently working on will be listed below. Our list of all <a href="https://ahc.leeds.ac.uk/dir/research-projects">research projects</a> allows you to view and search the full list of projects in the faculty.</p>


  • PhD
  • MEd.
  • BA

Professional memberships

  • Senior Fellow of HEA

Student education

Current roles supporting - Student Education 

Aessment Lead and Academic Integrity Officer for PCI.

Year in Industry Tutor.


Current postgraduate researchers

<h4>Postgraduate research opportunities</h4> <p>We welcome enquiries from motivated and qualified applicants from all around the world who are interested in PhD study. Our <a href="https://phd.leeds.ac.uk">research opportunities</a> allow you to search for projects and scholarships.</p>