Research


Eco-Tracing: Ecologies of Place, Artmaking, and the Senses.

This arts-based research project explores place, belonging and memory through site-specific artmaking. This inquiry is being conducted with Drs. Vicki Kelly and Celeste Snowber.

Impact of Drama/Theatre Education on Post-Secondary Students

This research examines the impact that participation in a theatre education course has on post-secondary students.

Performing Leadership

This research investigates whether participation in drama/theatre activities may impact on one’s understanding and experience of leadership.

Learning through encounters with technology

Small SSHRC Grant, Canada

This research project investigates the encounter between performer and technology and how technology influences performance creation. From working within the confines of a digital platform that responds to every moment, to being in close proximity to a videographer who becomes part of the performance, this inquiry reveals the resistance and possibilities that multi-media offers to the performer. This inquiry is being conducted with Dr. Kathryn Ricketts.

‘Prisons that heal’ book proposal: The Little Prison that Could

BCMSF Dissemination Grant, British Columbia

Collaborative grant: Ruth Martin, Carl Leggo, & Lynn Fels

This is an edited collection of writings about the changes that were made during the tenure of a warden who wanted to see what would happen if women had a voice in the correctional centre. From the initiation of a mothers and babies program to an in-house action research project, this book explores the experiences of those who were present during this three year

Technology, Performance & E-motion

Hampton Research Grant, University of British Columbia, Vancouver

Collaborative grant: Stephen Petrina, Mary Bryson, Teresa Dobson, Lynn Fels

In a variety of venues that invite the interplay between technology and performance, I am exploring what happens when performers/participants are faced with new ways of engaging in scholarly representation and creative expression through technology.

Community-based participatory action research: Collaborating with women in prison to improve their health

B.C. Medical Services Foundation, Vancouver

Collaborative grant with faculty members of the Faculty of Education and Department of Family Medicine. Dr. Ruth Martin, Principle Investigator.

In this project, women in a correctional centre have formed a participatory action research group. By working together, we are learning to understand what matters in terms of the needs, perspectives, and agency of women regarding their health and wellbeing both within and outside the prison gates. This project calls our attention to new ways of engaging collaboratively.

Written Works in Progress

Performative Inquiry as a Research Methodology, (Editor) a collection of writing by researchers using performative inquiry as their mode of inquiry.

Interplay. (Co-Editor). Exploring performative inquiry, living inquiry, and embodiment. In progress. With Karen Meyer & Celeste Snowber.

Fels, L. Journey into Science through Drama and Storytelling. Curriculum book for teachers on storytelling and drama activities for the science classroom. In progress.

Writing from the Centre (Co-Editor) a collection of writings from graduates of the CCFI program. In progress.

Research Funding

  • 2013–2018
    Social Circus and Health Equity: An interdisciplinary, intercultural, international collaboration
    Principal Investigator: Annalee Yassi; Co-Investigator with multiple researchers
    CIHR Operating Grant, $560,000 
  • 2013–2018
    Art for social change: an integrated research program in teaching, evaluation and capacity-building
    Principal Investigator: Judith Marcuse; Co-Investigator with multiple researchers
    SSHRC 2012 Partnership Grant, $2,496,559
  • 2012
    Performing Leadership: Drama Education for Non-Theatre Undergraduate Students
    Co-Investigator with Dr. Michelle Nielson
    SFU Teaching and Learning Grant, $3,000
  • 2012
    Art for social change: an integrated research program in teaching, evaluation and capacity-building
    Principal Investigator: Judith Marcuse; Co-Investigator with multiple researchers
    SSHRC 2012 Partnership Grant: LOI, $20,000
  • 2012
    Creating Together: An Interdisciplinary Workshop of Participatory, Community-based and Collaborative Arts Practices and Scholarship
    Principle Investigator: Anita Sinner & Diane Conrad; Involvement: Participant author
    SSHRC, Writing Workshop
  • 2011–2012
    Doing Time: Knowledge Translation
    Principle Investigator: Ruth Martin; Co-Investigator with multiple researchers
    CIHR Knowledge Translation Supplement: Health Services and Policy Research, $99,981
  • 2009–2010
    ‘Prisons that heal’ book proposal
    Principle Investigator: Ruth Martin; Co-Investigator with Carl Leggo and Mo Korchinsky
    BCMSF Dissemination Grant, $5,000
  • 2008–2011
    Doing Time: A Time for Incarcerated Women to Develop an Action Health Strategy Canadian institutes of Health Research
    Collaborative grant with faculty members of the Faculty of Education and Department of Family Medicine
    CIHR Grant, $144,213
  • 2006–2007
    Community-based participatory action research: Collaborating with women in prison to improve their health (Women into Healing)
    Principle Investigator: Dr. Ruth Martin; Co-Investigator with multiple researchers, including Carl Leggo, Karen Meyer, Marla Buchannan & Norm Amundston
    B.C. Medical Services Foundation (BCMSF) Grant, $50,000
  • 2004–2007
    Technology, Performance & Emotion
    Principle Investigator: Mary Bryson; Co-Investigators: Teresa Dobson & Stephen Petrina
    Hampton Research Grant, $45,000

Research Projects

  • Eco-Tracing: Ecologies of Place, Artmaking, and the Senses.
    This arts-based research project explores place, belonging and memory through site-specific artmaking. This inquiry is being conducted with Drs. Vicki Kelly and Celeste Snowber.
  • Impact of Drama/Theatre Education on Post-Secondary Students
    This research examines the impact that participation in a theatre education course has on post-secondary students.
  • Performing Leadership
    This research investigates whether participation in drama/theatre activities may impact on one’s understanding and experience of leadership.
  • Learning through encounters with technology
    Small SSHRC Grant, Canada

    This research project investigates the encounter between performer and technology and how technology influences performance creation. From working within the confines of a digital platform that responds to every moment, to being in close proximity to a videographer who becomes part of the performance, this inquiry reveals the resistance and possibilities that multi-media offers to the performer. This inquiry is being conducted with Dr. Kathryn Ricketts.
  • ‘Prisons that heal’ book proposal: The Little Prison that Could
    BCMSF Dissemination Grant, British Columbia

    Collaborative grant: Ruth Martin, Carl Leggo, & Lynn Fels
    This is an edited collection of writings about the changes that were made during the tenure of a warden who wanted to see what would happen if women had a voice in the correctional centre. From the initiation of a mothers and babies program to an in-house action research project, this book explores the experiences of those who were present during this three year
  • 2004–2007
    Technology, Performance & E-motion
    Principle Investigator: Mary Bryson; Co-Investigators: Teresa Dobson, Lynn Fels, Stephen Petrina
    Hampton Research Grant, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, $45,000

    In a variety of venues that invite the interplay between technology and performance, I am exploring what happens when performers/participants are faced with new ways of engaging in scholarly representation and creative expression through technology.
  • Community-based participatory action research: Collaborating with women in prison to improve their health
    B.C. Medical Services Foundation, Vancouver

    Collaborative grant with faculty members of the Faculty of Education and Department of Family Medicine. Dr. Ruth Martin, Principle Investigator.
    In this project, women in a correctional centre have formed a participatory action research group. By working together, we are learning to understand what matters in terms of the needs, perspectives, and agency of women regarding their health and wellbeing both within and outside the prison gates. This project calls our attention to new ways of engaging collaboratively.

Works in Progress

Performative Inquiry as a Research Methodology, (Editor) a collection of writing by researchers using performative inquiry as their mode of inquiry.

Interplay. (Co-Editor). Exploring performative inquiry, living inquiry, and embodiment. In progress. With Karen Meyer & Celeste Snowber.

Fels, L. Journey into Science through Drama and Storytelling. Curriculum book for teachers on storytelling and drama activities for the science classroom. In progress.

Writing from the Centre (Co-Editor) a collection of writings from graduates of the CCFI program. In progress.

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