Research projects

This page details some of my research projects. Some are ongoing, others have finished. Please contact me if you want any more information.

The Invisible College: Building Communities of Creative Practice

My role: Co-Investigator and researcher  –  Funder: AHRC  –  Dates: 2012-2013

This project used the former Kilmahew estate and St. Peter’s Seminary, near Cardross, as a place for learning and research. Kilmahew/St. Peter’s is situated to the west of Glasgow, and has a rich and varied history. It is an area of densely overgrown woodlands, surrounding the confluence of two burns, and containing a remarkable series of ruins: the shell of a medieval castle, the remnants of a Victorian designed landscape (including the foundations of a baronial mansion, lodges, walled gardens, tennis courts, glasshouses, ornamental pond, bridges, rhododendron tunnels and a Japanese garden) and a modernist seminary complex, built for the training of Catholic priests in the 1960s and then abandoned in the 1980s.

Public artists NVA are currently developing plans for the renewal of the site. The Invisible College is part of these plans: a learning network, without a permanent home, bringing people from different backgrounds together at Kilmahew/St. Peters to spark off creative ideas, discussions, artworks, and to feed into NVA’s plans for the site.

The project involved:

  • Three research days at the site, bringing together a mix of local residents, architects, woodland managers, academics, artists, writers and planners for shared activities.
  • The production of ‘Kilmahew Audio drift No.1’, a sound work to be listened to at the site on MP3 players. This was launched with a field trip for geographers as part of the RGS-IBG Annual Conference 2012.
  • An exhibition at the Lighthouse, Glasgow, featuring artefacts gathered during one of the activity days.
  • A website gathering together all kinds of materials relating to the site and the project.

Experimenting with Geography: See-Hear-Make-Do

My role: Principal Investigator  –  Funder: ESRC  –  Dates: 2009-2010

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I was the Principal Investigator on this international training and networking project. Funded by the UK ESRC, it involved:

  • A week-long training workshop for early career researchers to experiment with audio, visual and site-specific methodologies, at different city locations, both inside and out-of-doors. This took place at the University of Edinburgh, May 3rd-7th 2010. It involved hands-on practical workshops led by academics and creative practitioners from the sonic and visual arts.
  • The creation of an international network for experimentation with audio, visual and site-specific methods in social and cultural research. The network operates through an email list which you can join here.

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