Practice-based PhD Programme: ‘Mobilising Theory / Theorising Mobility’  

17th Jan 2018 

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The Practice-based PhD Programme consists of a core curriculum of six Skills Workshops as well as a Seminar, Lectures and an annual Student-Led Conference. The aim of the programme is to bring together researchers from across different disciplines, opening up a space to share and present work as a community of practice and learning.

Originally developed for practice-based doctoral students in the arts at Royal Holloway, this year the programme extends to include all practice-based research students and academics across the AHRC TECHNE Doctoral Training Partnership. This includes Royal Holloway, Brighton, Kingston, Roehampton, Surrey, Royal College of Art and University of Arts London.

All are welcome! Please see specific details about this year's activities below, including information on how to get involved.

The Programme Director is Dr Libby Worth

Skills workshops

Co-presented by Royal Holloway academics from arts departments and/or another TECHNE institution, a series of Skills Workshops run across Terms 1 & 2. All workshops are held in Central London.

Topics covered in Term 1 are both common and central to all academic research, and here we look at these specifically in relation to practice-based research. In Term 2 we look at key elements of practice-based research, continuing to situating it within the wider academic context while exploring its uniqueness and transformative potential.

Students interested in attending any of the the Skills Workshops should email, including your:
  • Name
  • Institution
  • Full list of workshops you plan to attend

** Please note that there is a cap on student numbers for the workshops, but not for any of the other events listed below. **

‘Mobilising Theory / Theorising Mobility’

Workshop Leaders: 
Dr David Overend (Royal Holloway) &  Dr Fiona Wilkie (University of Roehampton)


Date: Wednesday 17 January 2018
Time: 2.00pm-4.00pm
Venue: 11 Bedford Square Room 1-01, London WC1B 3RF)


This workshop examines inter-relation between theory and practice in practice-based research. Participants will be invited to think about how their practice is informed by – and informs – their theoretical concerns. Emphasis will be placed on the ‘doing’ of both theory and practice. Using the workshop leaders’ research into the relationship between performance and contemporary mobility as a case-study, the workshop will explore how practice can inform the development of research questions, and the generation of specific types of knowledge.

Please prepare for this workshop by reading the following, which should be accessible via your institutions library catalogue or via the open access links below:

Nelson, R. 'Practice-as-research and the Problem of Knowledge’, Performance Research. Vol.11(4), 2006. pp.105-116 (URL:

Sheller, M. and Urry, J. 'The new mobilities paradigm’, Environment and Planning A. Vol.38, 2006. pp.207-226 (URL:


Additional recommended reading:

Bissell, L. and Overend, D. 'Regular Routes: Deep Mapping a Performative Counterpractice for the Daily Commute’, Humanities. Vol.4(3), 2015. pp.476-499 (URL:

Wilkie, F. 'Site-specific Performance and the Mobility Turn’, Contemporary Theatre Review. Vol.22(2), 2012. pp.203-212 (URL: