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Overview

I have joined the School of Business and Creative Industries in April 2021, from the Stirling Management School (University of Stirling) where I gained my PhD and where I lectured, before starting my employment at the UWS. I am a Fellow of Higher Education Academy, a dedicated educator, mentor and supervisor with an over a decade of teaching experience in the Higher Education. I have worked as a researcher in both academic and applied contexts, including on the STUC-Scottish Government Women and Work Partnership Project, which focused on investigating gender-related barriers preventing women from securing work, sustaining employment and developing their careers. I have been a co-investigator on a couple of European (Erasmus +) research projects related to skills development, labour market needs and pathways to good work.  I have carried out evaluation and written several reports for national and supra-national bodies such as the Scottish Government, the Scottish Trades Union Congress, Creative Scotland and the European Commission. I have published in area of cultural leadership, low-status sectors (ELC), informal employment in the labour markets, and most recently, on the online learning and digitalisation in the Higher Education and in the performing arts.  

I have a genuine interest in creating positive and supportive work environments in which all people can develop their potential. I was a member of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Team (EDIT), and Athena Swan Bronze Award application committee at the Stirling Management School. I am a board member of Shaper/Caper, a wonderful performing arts organisation with a soul and commitment towards a positive social change https://www.shapercaper.com and a member of Social Innovation, Leadership & Management (SIL&M) Research Group: https://www.uws.ac.uk/research/research-institutes-centres-groups/social-innovation-leadership-and-management/

Area of academic expertise - outline

My research interests are wide-ranging but they are all underpinned by a strong focus on values, human development and social good.

My interests, expertise and research areas, in which I am interested in collaborating and supervising UG, PG and PhD students, include: 

- work, careers and employment: sustainable and inclusive employment and career systems; women’s work and careers; work and employment in arts and creative industries; low-status work and low-prestige sectors; fair work; informal work and employment; shadow economy; gig work, policy-driven sectors' growth/expansion, social innovation in work, workplace and the labour market.

- skills, learning and qualifications: skills development, workplace learning and vocational education and training; digital learning.

- arts sectors, cultural and creative industries: cultural leadership and management; arts/cultural SMEs; social arts, measuring social impacts of arts, communicating cultural and social values; arts and imagination; arts and artists in non-performing contexts;

- digitalisation: digital university, digitalisation and automation in Higher Education Institutions; online learning and teaching; ethics in digital education; digitalisation in the performing arts; digital performance.

Current research activities

My current research continues to focus on digital and ethical aspects of learning and teaching, and on the post-pandemic recovery in the arts sector through digitalisation, skills development and partnership building.

Desired research direction

Having had a background in performance, and because of the carried research and board experience in the arts sector, I believe that arts, imagination and creativity can fuel social innovation and drive positive transformations towards more desired futures. In the near future, I would like to explore social situatedness of (digital, hybrid and traditional) arts education, production and engagement through ideas related to social value, social economy and social innovation achieved with and through imaginative arts practice and other creative endeavours. I would like to also collect examples and examine how these types of expressive actions become powerful tools for individual and collective transformation, community development, innovative collaborations and better ways of working. The last area of future research will focus on need to evaluate and showcase the relationship between artistic practice/performing work and change-making in relation to building more equal society, more inclusive and supportive workplaces and a fairer economy. 

 

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