Lecturer and Researcher
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Alison Rooke is a visual sociologist whose teaching and research is concerned with Alison is a visual sociologist whose research interests are focused around class, generation, gender and sexualities in urban contexts. She is concerned with the dynamics of participation in the city brought about through arts based urban interventions, urban planning, research and evaluation as well as informal spaces of citizenship and community. Her work lies at the overlap of visual sociology and experimental methods exploring the philosophical underpinnings of sociological representation, and the ways that understandings of representation inform the epistemology of social research. Alison works in partnership with a range of arts organisations an institutions developing critical and collaborative approaches to research and evaluation.
Past projects include Sci:dentity, a project which worked with young transgendered people exploring the science of sex and gender through creative practices, Signs of the City, a European participatory youth arts project, Skills Exchange, collaborative art and social research project that tested the idea that isolation and discrimination are best addressed if artists, older people, care-workers and others exchange their skills on equal ground, altering roles, representations and well-rehearsed relations through processes of creative exchange ( LINK TO REPORT) and Extending Creative Practice, A European project uses digital storytelling as a means to increase the active usage of ICT by older citizens. (http://www.extendingcreativepractice.eu/about/ LINK) and AMICALL (EU Integration Fund) Evaluation of a transnational learning network which will identify, share and disseminate best practice among Europe's local and regional authorities (LRAs) in communicating with local citizens about migration and integration of third-country nationals to address tensions and build public understanding. http://www.compas.ox.ac.uk/research/urbanchange/amicall/
Arts and Active Citizenship ESRC Case studies to support research capacity building in the Third Sector: working with Lincoln and Manchester Metropolitan Universities to develop research for Active Citizenship and Community Empowerment. Working with Arts and Active citizenship (7,000) (ESRC) Case studies to support research capacity building in the Third Sector: working with Lincoln and Manchester Metropolitan Universities to develop research for Active Citizenship and Community empowerment. The two case studies are London Bubble Theatre and Stream Arts.
Skills Exchange. Research and evaluation partner to the Serpentine Gallery’s Skills Exchange project which brings together internationally-renowned artists, architects, housing and care organisations in order to explore and generate new dynamics of relationship and exchange. This project examines the role of the artist in understanding older people’s sense of home and experience of urban change in four London Boroughs. Dominant formulations of ‘care’ often place the elderly in the role of the ‘serviced’ or ‘cared for’, as those ‘without’, or ‘after’ the peak moments of their lives, and the artist or social-worker in the role of the ‘skilled’ or ‘carer’. This project, in contrast, begins from a notion that artists, older people, care-workers and others might exchange their skills, and, in this process, alter reified roles and well-rehearsed relations through processes of creative exchange.
Extending Creative Practice (ECP) is a European Grundtvig /ECORYS partnership project which is motivated by a desire to make ICT accessible to marginalised communities, particularly elderly people and isolated people from rural communities. Extending Creative Practice uses digital storytelling as a means to increase the active usage of ICT by older citizens. The ECP team includes partners from Romania, Slovenia and Finland.
Attitudes to Migrants, Communication and Local Leadership (AMICALL) Evaluation of a transnational learning network which will identify, share and disseminate best practice among Europe’s local and regional authorities and civil society organisations in communicating with local citizens about migration and integration of third-country nationals to address tensions and build public understanding.
London Thames Gateway Dance Partnership Evaluation. (London Thames Gateway Dance Partnership). Working with eight London Dance organisations in four Thames Gateway boroughs, this project explores the possibilities of community dance projects in improving health and developing a sense of place within the context of the Thames Gateway development area.
Signs of the City - Metropolis Speaking. (European Culture Programme) Arts led visual research into young peoples experience of Urbanism in 4 European cities. European partners in Berlin, Barcelona and Sofia including include Goethe Institute London, House of World Cultures, Berlin, Hangar Barcelona.
Neighbourhood Cohesion Project. (Housing Corporation £15,000). Principle Researcher, 18-months Project. Participatory Action Research.
Mobilizing Knowledge (Urban Buzz UEL £25,000) Principal Researcher, 12-months Project. Partnership with Lewisham Council. Participatory planning with older people and planners. Produced report, toolkits and Guidelines.
Sci:dentity (Wellcome Trust £10,000) Principle Researcher, 12-months Project. Participatory art and research with Transgendered youth. Partnership with Central School of Speech and Drama.
Evaluation of Home Office Initiative ‘Active Learning for Active Citizenship’. (Home Office, Civil Renewal Unit £50,000), Researcher, 2-years project.
Knowledge East - Arts Impact Research Toolkit. (HEFCE funded knowledge exchange programme). Developing a flexible and innovative toolkit for evaluating the social, economic and cultural impact of participation in the performing arts to support social inclusion, for use by urban regeneration practitioners.
Newtown Neighbourhood Project: Community cohesion and action research project in semi-rural housing estate with high settled Traveller population (2006-2008). Funded by: Housing Corporation, delivered in partnership with West Kent Extra and real strategies Ltd.
Camberwell Advocacy Project/Sceaux Gardens Life History Project: Development of a multi-disciplinary research and advocacy tool to be used in deprived micro-neighbourhoods. Funded by: Camberwell Neighbourhood Renewal, delivered in partnership with ATD 4th World.
Evaluating the art of social engagement. Taking Part: Arts, Culture and Participation. Goldsmiths.
Making Things Public: Doing Sociology Beyond the Page. 8th Qualitative Research Conference. University of Bournmouth.
Art and Architecture lecture Series. Mapping Civic Space. Photographers Gallery, Chair of panel discussion on Art and Architecture with Bridget Smith, Mark Pimlott, and Diego Ferrari.
Reading the Signs of the City: Exploring the Visual Cultures of European Cities through participatory photographic practice. Photography: Medium and Method. Sociology Department, Lancaster University.
Reading the Signs of the City: the Visual Cultures of European Cities as part of a panel on Encountering the city through the Lens: Photography and the art of researching urban lives (Panel Organiser) at Visual Methods Conference, University of Leeds.
Researching everyday lives through photography – from what a lesbian looks like to what a lesbian looks at'’ as part of a panel on the ethics of looking and seeing: researching, writing and teaching with images. Visual Methods Conference, University of Leeds.
Discussant on panel on Changing Landscapes: Archives & Activism at Urban Encounters: Rethinking Landscape Symposia, Tate Britain.
Reading the Signs of the City: the Visual Cultures of European Cities as part of a panel on ‘The art of Geography ( Panel organiser) 'Association of American Geographers, Las Vegas, Nevada.
Panelist. Borderlands Seminar on The (im)possibilities of engaged urban Sociology/photography/art. Goldsmiths.
Narrating Urban Encounters and the Spatial Sublime (with Prof Michael Keith) to Urban Encounters Conference, Goldsmiths, University of London. May 2008-05-21
Telling Trans Stories: (Un)doing the Science of Sex: to Panel on Queering the Material: Reflections on Researching the Material from Queer Perspectives at Royal Society of Britsh Geographers Annual Conference, London, August 2008
Reading the Signs of the City presentation at ESRC/ LCACE (London Centre for Arts and Cultural Enterprise) Mapping the Horizon for the Creative and Cultural Industries Event Unicorn Theatre, March 2008.
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