Research Based Work

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Using creative skills and processes in alternative fields of activity has led to a number of innovative projects. This work have been particularly fruitful in research related work partnering creative activity with academic investigation.

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The latest work has been a partnership Anthony Papathomas from the Peter Harrison Centre at Loughborough University. The project has developed a ground breaking new book The Very Alternative Guide to Spinal Cord Injury – intended to help people understand and come to terms with this serious condition.  Feedback from the book and the visual content has been fantastic.

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Another project was ‘Brick, Ball, Hoax Call’ working as an associate of the Emergency Services Research Unit in Nottingham – looking at attacks on fire fighters and seeking ways to better communicate the issues to decision makers.

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Another project was a Creative Action Research Award to investigate a question that had never really been seriously considered – why dinosaurs are so popular a subject with children. The fascinating results included feedback from a large international survey.


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A heritage lttery funded project ‘Terror from the Sky’ was an initiative looking into the forgotten history of the V1 and V2 weapon attacks during WWII – using the London Borough of Enfield as a case area. The project worked with students to carry out archival research, field archaeology and museum study. The culmination of the project was a unique new bomb map of the Borough – along with an education pack and a public event commemorating one of the attacks.

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“Very good is an understatement,
I personally loved this as were able
to get practical with the research
and actually make it real”

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A commission from a group of universities looked at encouraging politics and international relations as a career option. The fascinating work included developing large scale scenario games based around national and international disasters – resulting in seeing the subject in a fresh and thought-provoking way.


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