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Area of academic expertise - outline

Reader in Arts and Media and Education Lead for Culture & Creativity in the School of Business & Creative Industries, UWS. Work spans participatory and community arts practices, creative pedagogies, cultural policy and urban and community development. 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 www.generalpraxis.org.uk.

Current research activities

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) - writing up findings and preparing a co-authored book with Dr Kerrie Schaefer, University of Exeter, on on the cultural politics of community arts and media for 2017/2018

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.

Work on curatorial research and an edited book, The Experimental City, working with colleagues at CCA Glasgow, UWS, Bath Spa University and the network of researchers, artists and activists involved in developing Challenging Elites: rethinking disconnection and recovering urban space (AHRC 2014 - 2015)




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.


  • 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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Research Output 2000 2020

In conversation with Henry Giroux

Jeffery, G. & McAuliffe, D., 2020, The SAGE Handbook of Critical Pedagogies. Steinberg, S. R. & Down, B. (eds.). SAGE Publications, Vol. 1.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Govan - Gdansk; Heritage, Regeneration, Alternative Futures

Kosmala, K. (ed.), Jeffery, G., Sebastyanski, R., Gardiner, E. & Kosmala, K., 12 Jun 2017, Glasgow : University of the West of Scotland. 40 p.

Research output: Book/ReportOther report

Open Access
cultural institution

In conversation with Henry Giroux: rethinking education in an age of emergent authoritarianism

Giroux, H., McAuliffe, D., Steinberg, S. & Jeffery, G., 4 Oct 2017

Research output: Non-textual formDigital or Visual Products

Open Access

The Kingdom of God is like a yogurt plant: selected writings by Bob Jeffery

Jeffery, G. (ed.), 21 Jun 2017, Oxford, UK. : Jeffery Archive. 140 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBook

Kingdom of God

ACTA Podcast: Getting in on the Act? the cultural politics of community theatre

Beddow, N., Schaefer, K., Ben-Tovim, R. & Jeffery, G., 28 May 2016

Research output: Non-textual formDigital or Visual Products

Open Access
Cultural Politics
Community Theater

Activities 2008 2019

Street Music: AHRC Connected Communities Conference

Graham Jeffery (Invited speaker)
14 May 201915 May 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

CCA hosted symposium and screenings: Out of the Past, Into the Present: Reframing Heritage through Art Practice

Katarzyna Kosmala (Chair), David Scott (Member of programme committee), Anthony Grace (Speaker), Paul McGeechan (Speaker), Graham Jeffery (Speaker), Ilona Koscieja (Invited speaker), Cahoime Henron (Invited speaker), Joshua McGeechan (Speaker), Gordon Doherty (Speaker)
6 Mar 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference


Peer Review: MRC, AHRC and ESRC for GCRF project applications

Graham Jeffery (Reviewer)
1 Jan 201930 Dec 2019

Activity: OtherTypes of External academic engagement - Membership of peer review panel or committee

Shiv Nadar University

Graham Jeffery (Visiting researcher)
10 Feb 201912 Feb 2019

Activity: Visiting an external institutionVisiting an external academic institution

MeCCSA Annual Conference 2019

Graham Jeffery (Participant)
9 Jan 201911 Jan 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

Press / Media

Opportunity to take part in town's culture conversation

Katarzyna Kosmala, Graham Jeffery, Elizabeth Gardiner & Alison McCandlish


3 items of Media coverage

Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

Symposia: Govan/Gdansk: Documenting post-industrial heritage

Katarzyna Kosmala & Graham Jeffery


1 item of Media coverage

Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

Govan/Gdansk exhibition: Street Level Photoworks

Katarzyna Kosmala & Graham Jeffery


5 items of Media coverage

Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities


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