Professor Paul CarrMMD Group Leader

Paul Carr is Professor of Popular Music Analysis at the ATRiuM, University of South Wales, in Cardiff. His research interests focus on the areas of musicology, widening access, the music industry and pedagogical frameworks for music related education – publishing extensively in all of these areas. He is also an experienced performing musician, having toured and recorded with artists as diverse as The James Taylor Quartet and ex Miles Davis saxophonist Bob Berg. His most recent book is a monograph on Sting (From Northern Skies to Fields of Gold), published on Reaktion in September 2017. He also works as a forensic musicologist/ expert witness on a consultancy basis. Recent activity includes work for Warner Chappell and Universal Music on copyright infringement cases (including a major West End Show and a number of international recording artist recordings). He also acts as a music education consultant – recently advising on both the Welsh A Level curriculum and more recently for Pearson.

Dr Jodie Allinson

Jodie Allinson is a lecturer in Drama in the Faculty of Creative Industries, University of South Wales, where she teaches both practical and theoretical classes in twentieth and twenty-first century performance at undergraduate and masters level. In 2011 Jodie completed a PhD entitled Approaches to Multimedia Theatre: Theory, Practice, Pedagogy, in which she wrote about the creative and training processes of practitioners working across the disciplines of theatre, dance and video, as well as the pedagogy of interdisciplinary performance practice.

Inga Burrows

Inga Burrows is a Senior Lecturer in Arts and Media at Cardiff School of Creative and Cultural Industries. She is a practicing artist and filmmaker, she specializes in teaching fiction film and experimental film. Her research interests include: artist cinema, participatory art, experimental documentary, performance for screen. Independently she is developing a feature length autobiographical film, that interweaves material from Burrows’ body of film works, live-action and animation (often featuring herself as subject/performer) with dramatic re-enactments. Also she is currently working on a partnership project with Cardiff Harbour Authority in collaboration with Writer Dr Alice Entwistle and Information Technology Expert Dr. Fiona Carroll. Prior to taking up a full-time post at Glamorgan Inga worked as a community artist and an animator-live action filmmaker, producing commissions for the Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester and Amnesty International.

Dr Robert Campbell

Rob Campbell graduated with a first in history from Exeter University and became a newspaper journalist and manager on the regional daily press. He gained an MA in Mass Communications, and took two breaks out of journalism: as a teacher in Spain and Oman, and in government PR. Since joining USW in 2004 he has completed his PhD (on Alfred Harmsworth’s prototype tabloid in 1901) while teaching on the BA Journalism and managing cognate courses. He maintains his practice as a newspaper columnist. He is writing a book chapter on press history, and co-authoring a book about the British ‘occupation’ press in inter-war Germany.


Michael Carklin

Michael Carklin is Reader in Applied and Interdisciplinary Teaching and Learning, Academic Subject Manager for Drama, Dance and Performance, and is Course Leader for the MA Drama. He teaches across all undergraduate and postgraduate levels, including Theatre Practice, Applied Drama, and Directing. His major areas of research are Applied Drama (including Drama & Theatre in Education), Theatre & Science, Theatre and Film in Africa, and Creative Industries in Higher Education. Michael is also Co-Convenor of the Applied & Social Theatre working group of the national Theatre and Performance Research Association (TaPRA).


Dr Philip Cowan

Philip Cowan has worked freelance on over 80 film productions, including; Drama, Documentary, Performance, and Animation projects, working for BBC, ITV, C4, S4C, and numerous independent companies. As a Director of Photography he has collected twenty ‘Best Short Film’ awards, including two BAFTA Cymrus. His work has been screened on network television, at festivals world-wide, and even at the Tate Gallery, London. He completed his PhD at Manchester Met., is a member of the International Film and Television Research Centre at the Asian Academy of Film and Television in Noida, India, where he has done some teaching, and continues to work with African film makers through the Ethiopian Film Initiative.


Dr Sarah Crews

Dr Sarah Crews has recently completed her PhD, which explores the role of the director, and issues of gender and sexuality in the plays and production practices of Howard Barker. In 2015 Sarah published a chapter in the Methuen Engage Series on Howard Barker’s Theatre, detailing her experiences of directing undergraduate students in a production of Barker’s Ursula: Fear of the Estuary, which was staged at the Riverfront Theatre, Newport. Sarah’s key interests in Barker’s work are his philosophies for theatre, his scenography, the role of collaboration, and his depiction of historical female characters. Aside from Barker, political theatre and theatre making practices more broadly, Sarah’s key research interests are in gender and sexualities studies, multimedia performance and practice as research.

Dr Geraint D’Arcy

Main research interests include: Philosophy of Technology, Performance technologies,Theatre History, Multimedia Performance, Theatre Architecture, transmedial narratives; Television and film set design theory and criticism. Other interests include: Theatre special effects and blood effects, science fiction writing and performance poetry.


Jeanette D’Arcy

Professor Richard Gough

Richard Gough is Professor In Music And Performance at University of South Wales and Artistic Director of the Centre for Performance Research (CPR) – a multi-faceted theatre organisation based in Wales that works internationally. He is General Editor of Performance Research (published bi-monthly by Routledge), Performance Books and Black Mountain Press (imprints of CPR).

Emeritus Prof. Hamish Fyfe

Prof Hamish Fyfe is the a Co-Founder of the George Ewart Evans Centre for Storytelling, CEWN Project Director, and Director, Digital Economy Projects at the University of South Wales. He has worked as a teacher, actor, and researcher in a variety of contexts and worked for twenty years in Belfast, Northern Ireland before taking up his post as Chair of Arts in the Community in September 2004. Hamish has a long track record in collaborative, applied research and knowledge exchange activities.


Dr Lesley Harbidge

Dr Harbidge came to the then University of Glamorgan in 2006 after gaining an Undergraduate Degree and PhD in the English Department at the University of Aberdeen where she was Teaching Fellow and, latterly, Undergraduate Co-ordinator in Film Studies. She has also worked as a Cinema Education Officer.


Dr Peter Jachimiak

Employing an auto-ethnographic approach, Peter Jachimiak’s interests are to do with children’s cultures of the 1970s and 1980s and the way in which cultural artefacts of childhood, from those two decades, manifested themselves within the wider cultural geographies of the time. As such, his current work explores, on one hand, ‘children, spectralities and ghost cultures’, and, on the other, ‘utopia, dystopia, and science fiction aimed at children and young adults.


Steve Johnson

Steve Johnson began working at the University of South Wales (formerly, University of Glamorgan) as the Community Radio Tutor in January 2002. He has played an active role in supporting the development of community radio in Wales, including his role in the launch of Gtfm Radio, the first community radio station in Wales, part of the pilot project for Access Radio across the UK. Johnson has worked for nearly twenty years in professional radio, working for the BBC, commercial and community radio sectors. He has over-seen the production of The Cardiff City Phone In for fourteen years and co-presents and produces the popular Loose Goose Radio Show with a range of academic colleagues. His research primarily focuses on community radio survival strategies and his published work includes an article for the Radio Journal (2008) a chapter for Radio in Small Nations (2015) and an article published in the 3CMedia journal (2016). Johnson also responded on behalf of the University of South Wales to the IWA Wales Media Audit 2015, regarding matters pertaining to radio in Wales.

Professor Lisa Lewis

Lisa is Professor of Theatre and Performance. Her research explores: performance and culture, specifically notions of place and heritage in relation to performance; postcolonial theatre and drama; performative writing; and the performance traditions of minority cultures and communities, especially those that reside 'outside’ mainstream theatre structures. She is Co-Director, with Professor Ruth McElroy, of the Centre for Media and Culture in Small Nations. Current research: Lisa is lead investigator for Welsh and Khasi Cultural Dialogues: An Interdisciplinary Arts and Performance Project which explores the cultural and historical relationship of the people of Wales and the Khasi people of northeast India. This is a four-year project October 2015 – October 2019, and is funded by the Leverhulme Trust.

Wyn Mason

Key areas: Art cinema and poetry film
Current research: Wyn has just completed a poetry-film project he’s been developing with poet and colleague Professor Philip Gross. Flow & Frame comprises of a series of 2 mins x 13 short films, filmed on the banks of the River Taff, each one contemplating the ancient Greek philosopher, Heraclitus’s famous saying about how no-one steps into the same river twice. A shorter version of the film is being entered into the Zebra Poetry Film Festival, Berlin, 2014.

Professor Ruth McElroy

Ruth McElroy is Professor of Creative Industries and Director of the Creative Industries Research Institute at the University of South Wales, which draws together more than 30 researchers working in art, broadcasting, drama, film, music, photography, and media studies. Ruth lectures in TV Studies, consumer cultures, and media audiences. She is also co-director, with Professor Lisa Lewis, of the Centre for the Study of Media and Culture in Small Nations.



Dr Damon Minchella

A professional musician since 1987, during which time I have co-written and/or performed on records selling over 10 million copies. I have also been lecturing in Higher Education since 2009, focusing on the area of Popular Music. I have completed my doctoral research, which is concerned with the situated realities and practice of contemporary music-makers.


Dr Márta Minier

Márta Minier is Lecturer in Drama at the University of South Wales. She has published widely in the fields of Shakespeare studies and adaptation and translation studies. Her main research interests also include the biopic, biography, biographical drama and European theatre (with an emphasis on Central and Eastern Europe). She has co-edited a journal issue on Hamlet and poetry for New Readings and a collection of articles on the contemporary British biopic for Ashgate. Márta is joint editor of the Journal of Adaptation in Film & Performance and one of the associate editors of the theatre studies journal Symbolon.


Dr Philip Mitchell

Dr Philip Mitchell specialises are in international media and journalism studies. Philip’s current research interests are in the media in Wales, European media (film and journalism) and new media.


Dr Christina Papagiannouli

Dr Christina Papagiannouli is a research assistant at the University of South Wales. She holds a practice-based PhD in theatre and digital performance and an MA in theatre directing from the University of East London, a BA (Hons) in theatre studies from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and a diploma in drama from the University of Kent. Her practice-based PhD research focused on the political character of cyberformance. Papagiannouli has presented her work at a range of international events and conferences. Her monograph ‘Political Cyberformance: The Etheatre Project’ was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2015. For further details, see the Etheatre Project’s blog.

Dr Hilary Ramsden

My main preoccupation as artist, researcher and educator is exploring how play and experimentation through the arts can lead to positive changes, big and small, in our everyday lives. I’m particularly interested in clowning and live performance, as well as creating work that combines other disciplines such as film, puppetry, visual art and walking. I teach on a number of modules on the BA Theatre & Drama programme including Applied Drama and Performance and Activism as well as Co-Leading and teaching on the BA Performing Arts degree. I am currently Co-Investigator on an AHRC Connected Communities ECR project: “Potency & Potential: creative connections in interstitial spaces – learning from encounters between Latin American and UK artist, activist and researcher communities”. I am also involved as artist, researcher and student participation coordinator in the Wye Valley River Festival 2018, with partners Desperate Men Street Theatre and Wye Valley AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty).

Dr Deidre Russell

Key areas: Autobiographical discourse, nonfiction film, narrative theory
Current research: Preparing a monograph on narrative identity in contemporary French autobiographical literature and film.

Dr Jesse Schwenk

Dr Rob Smith

Rob Smith is a composer, performer and improviser. He has composed scores for films, television and theatre. He also composes and performs jazz, and runs a community big band Wonderbrass.

Dr Emily Underwood-Lee

Emily is Research Fellow at the George Ewart Evans Centre for Storytelling. Her research focuses on performance, autobiographical stories and the body in a variety of contexts including feminist performance art, narratives of illness, performance and the maternal, and performance and disability. Emily is a board member of Beyond the Border International Storytelling Festival.

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Ian Wiblin

Ian recently produced The View from Our House, with Anthea Kennedy, which premiered at the International Film Festival Rotterdam (2013). He is currently developing several film projects continuing research into the representation of place and history.

Dr Rebecca Williams

Dr Rebecca Williams researches in the areas of media audiences and fandom, celebrity culture, place, digital media, and on genres such as horror and science-fiction. She is the author of Post Object Fandom: Television, Identity and Self-Narrative (Bloomsbury, 2015) and editor of Torchwood Declassified: Investigating Mainstream Cult Television (I.B. Tauris, 2013). She is currently writing the monograph Theme Park Fandom: Distinction, Immersion and Participatory Culture for Amsterdam University Press, and editing a collection on Transitions, Endings & Resurrections in Fandom for University of Iowa Press.


Dr Rhiannon M. Williams

Rhiannon is the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol lecturer in Theatr a Drama. She recently completed her Welsh language practice based PhD at the University of South Wales entitled ‘Y Capel Cymraeg, Cymdogaeth a Pherfformiad’ (_‘The Welsh Chapel, Community and Performance’_). Her research interests focus on Welsh language culture and performance, practice as research in performance, minority culture, identity and performance.