I am an Associate Professor in Human Geography and the Geohumanities at Swansea University. My research focuses on the intersections between geography and the performing arts (especially theatre and dance), though like most geographers working in a creative field, my interests extend into other domains, including the visual and literary arts.
I am one of the Reviews Editors for cultural geographies and in 2017 was awarded the Dillwyn Medal by the Learned Society of Wales for the Creative Arts and Humanities. I sit on the board of Papertrail Theatre Company in Cardiff and recently collaborated with Bridget Keehan on a soundscape entitled ‘Our Place’ through a Leverhulme Trust Artist-in-Residence grant. My main research focuses on dance in contemporary Cambodia regarding the legacies of war and genocide. I am researching the first Cambodian dance tour to the West after the Khmer Rouge (1975-1979) and Vietnamese occupation (1979-1989) which was in 1990 to the UK. This research is being funded through a British Academy-Leverhulme Trust small grant. I was also recently awarded a Leverhulme Trust Research Fellowship (which I will begin in February 2019 for just over a year) to conduct more research and complete a monograph on dance in post-conflict Cambodia. Elswhere, I am working on an interdisciplinary project funded by the Welsh Crucible on the re-construction of marine environments through literary and scientific sources, and collaborating with Dr Steph Januchowski-Hartley in Biosciences on poetry as an ‘art-sci method.’ I blog about my work here.