DR ALISON J. ROOKE
Dr Alison J. Rooke is sociologist with a specialism in urban theory and creative research methods. She has an ongoing interest in the dynamics of participation in the city brought about through arts based urban interventions, urban policy and regeneration. She has a long history of working collaboratively with local communities, activists and cross-sectoral stakeholders in educational and community settings. Over the last 15 years Alison has worked in partnership with arts, cultural and educational institutions developing critical and collaborative approaches to research and evaluation at a local, national and international level. These projects have focused on the areas of urban governance, cultural industries and arts evaluation, third sector research, citizenship, participatory urban planning and participatory arts. Alison also works part–time as a lecturer and academic in the Department of Sociology at Goldsmiths, University of London where she is the Director of the Centre for Urban and Community Research. Examples of her research reports and academic writing can be accessed at www.gold.ac.uk/CUCR and Academia Edu.
Imogen has extensive evaluation and research experience relating to: community, arts, creative sector, youth & CJS, health & well-being, training, professional development, and informal learning. Imogen has worked both independently and with CUCR, Goldsmiths (since 2000) on numerous research and evaluation projects. Imogen seeks to make well-researched connections between grass roots practice, and policy or funding strategies. Her preferred approach is one where research and evaluation is an active and dynamic resource that is embedded into projects and facilitates stakeholder participation. Project management and community development skills enhance Imogen’s ability to work with diverse individuals, organisations and sectors and to varied project briefs at local, regional, national and European levels. Examples of her research and evaluation reports can be found at www.gold.ac.uk/CUCR and Academia Edu.
Chrissie Tiller is a creative consultant and practitioner working in the arts, business and not for profit sectors. Following a Churchill Fellowship to explore the wider impact of the arts in economic, social and political change in Central and Eastern Europe, she initiated and ran a number of major transnational programmes focused on inter-cultural dialogue and the role of culture within society. Recent and current work includes programmes in Central, Southern & Eastern Europe, the EU, Turkey, Palestine, Uganda and Japan.
All Chrissie’s work is informed by a passionate commitment to the possibility for everyone, no matter what their class, education or cultural background, to engage with the making, sharing and enjoyment of the arts. As evaluator, trainer and critical friend she combines rigour of thinking with the same creative approaches that have led all her practice. She writes extensively on current arts and cultural issues and is frequently invited to speak on the role of participation in particular. She is currently EU expert on Participatory Governance in the Cultural Sector for Voice of Culture.
Denise Stanley is a musician, poet, celebrant, ethnomusicologist, researcher and creative thinker. She has worked in customised curriculum design and delivery for organisations in the creative, financial and telecommunications industries, for Higher Education Institutions and social enterprises and charities. She is an experienced process-designer and facilitator of international projects and has worked in Research and Development for Practice-based and Work-based Learning in 13 European countries.
Her main interests are:
- Recognition, Validation and Certification of Non-formal and Informal Learning
- Creative and Cultural Education;
- Work-based and Practice-based Learning;
- Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship;
- Cultural Engineering/Interventions for the development of communities e.g. corporates, neighbourhoods, participants etc.
- Creative ritual to promote and support individual and collective change management
Marjorie Mayo is emeritus professor of community development at Goldsmiths, University of London where her research has included a focus upon community development and urban regeneration, community development and the arts, learning for active citizenship, and access to justice in disadvantaged communities. Recent publications include ‘Access to justice for disadvantaged communities’ (2014) (with G. Koessl, M. Scott and I. Slater). Previous publications include ‘Global Citizens’ (2005) and ‘Cultures, Communities, Identities’ (2000). Her forthcoming publications include ‘Changing communities: stories of displacement, resistance and solidarities’.
Frances Williams is a curator, writer and evaluator with a specialism in community arts engagement and mental health. She has worked within arts institutions both large and small over the last 15 years - including Whitechapel, Tate and South London Gallery - where she created programmes which gained reputation for their impact and sustainability involving artists working in a range of social settings and collaborative partnerships. She was a contributor to the book, Gallery as Community, Art, Education, Politics, (Whitechapel, 2011) and was editor of The Cat Came As A Tomato, an anthology looking at the relationship of contemporary art to children’s play. More latterly she co-ordinated an Arts and Humanities Research Council workshop called Creative Collisions and Critical Conversations, an exchange of ideas and practice between inter-disciplinary professionals working at the interface between the arts and mental health. She writes for various digital platforms, including the Institute for Contemporary Art and Arts Professional websites. She has also worked as Artistic Advisor for Creative Barking and Dagenham, and most recently as a consultant for Guys and St Thomas Charity.
Harriet Smith is a PhD candidate in Visual Sociology at Goldsmiths College, University of London working on her dissertation entitled ‘ How We Are With Animals: Understanding Connection To Nature In Urban Settings Through Multi-Species Ethnography And Arts Practice’. She provides advice and consultancy to the Kentish Town City Farm on monitoring & evaluation research; and works as a freelance researcher, with an interest in urban-nature projects. She has professional experience in fundraising and capacity building grass roots organisations.
Claire is a researcher at CUCR, Goldsmiths College working on research and evaluation of participatory arts projects. Her background is as a documentary film-maker and she has particular interest in the uses of film as part of research methodologies. She also lectures in documentary practice and production at Middlesex, Bath Spa and Bristol Universities.
Susan has a thirty year track record that spans the fields of: project management, community research and service development, youth work, community education and community arts. She has worked in the voluntary, housing, further education and social enterprise (CIC) sectors. She has created community training programmes and authored Chartered Institute of Housing and City & Guilds modules focusing on service user involvement, reflective practice and community research.
She has particular expertise in reaching ‘hard to reach’, misrepresented and marginalised groups and engaging them in service development. She is also skilled at designing ways to bring together communities that usually do not interact, or are at odds, and encouraging cohesion via community action. Susan’s extensive track record has resulted in a blend of people, financial and performance-management skills applied at a variety of levels including delivery, senior management, training and advisory roles