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Professor in Arts and Media Practice in the School of Business & Creative Industries, UWS. Director, UWS Protracted Crisis Research Centre. Graham's work spans participatory and community arts practices, creative pedagogies, cultural policy and urban and community development. He is currently Principal Investigator on a three year British Academy/GCRF funded project: Waste, Water and Wellbeing: lessons from the interface of formal/informal urban systems in Dharavi, Mumbai.  Graham has also worked as a teacher, composer and facilitator in a wide range of contexts, including work with London International Festival of Theatre, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and East London Dance, as well as in policy advice and consultancy with CapeUK, Creative Scotland and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.  He has led numerous action research projects with diverse communities in different places around the world.He keeps a blog at

Current research activities

British Academy/GCRF: Waste, Water and Wellbeing: lessons from the interface of formal/informal urban systems in Dharavi, Mumbai (2019 - 2022), with colleagues at UWS, Bath Spa University, IIT Mumbai, Nirmala College for Women and ACORN Foundation, India

AHRC/GCRF: Rethinking Waste and the Logics of Disposability: Compound 13 Lab (2018 - 2020), with Bath Spa University, Shiv Nadar University and ACORN Foundation, India

AHRC Connected Communities programme: Remaking Society (2012 - 2014) and Challenging Elites: rethinking disconnection and recovering urban space (2015 - 2016)

AHRC: Resources of Hope: giving voice to underprivileged communities in India: follow-on funding for impact and engagement (with Coventry University, Bath Spa University, & Shiv Nadar University, Delhi) 2016 - 2017

Royal Society of Edinburgh: Research networking grant (Co-I with Prof Katarzyna Kosmala and PhD candidate Roman Sebastyanski): Regeneration of Waterfront Heritage Zones and Community Participation: Govan-Gdansk exhange: conferences, workshops, presentations and an edited collection of articles.

Forthcoming book in 2021: Waste Work: the art of survival in Dharavi (co-edited with Dr Ben Parry), Bath: Wunderkammer Press




Target collaborative companies

arts organisations & networks including CCA Glasgow, Film City Glasgow

central and local government in Scotland, the UK,  and European cultural policy networks

experimental artist-led organisations working in challenging/marginal contexts

Area of academic expertise - outline

arts education, creative pedagogies, cultural & educational policy, social inclusion, arts, health & wellbeing, practice-based methods, urban studies, reflective practice/autoethnography, artist/teacher professional development, music cultures, community & participatory arts, interdisciplinary practices, organisational culture & leadership, regeneration & community development, participatory action research.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action


  • M Music
  • contemporary practices
  • sound art
  • HM Sociology
  • sociology of culture
  • AM Museums (General). Collectors and collecting (General)
  • community outreach
  • participation
  • N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR
  • NX Arts in general
  • participatory practice
  • L Education (General)
  • arts education
  • leadership & management
  • AZ History of Scholarship The Humanities


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