The SPAR Research Team

SPAR’s research team is a broadly multi-disciplinary group involving individuals from the University of Regina, the University of Saskatchewan and the University of Melbourne.
This research project involves a broadly multi-disciplinary research team. With a strong base in the arts, particularly community-based art practice, the team also involves researchers with other types of backgrounds suited to a broader understanding of artist networks and connections between artists and their communities. The team includes individuals from sociology, sustainability studies, economics, health, aboriginal studies, geography and cultural mapping as well as individuals with experience in a range of relevant research approaches (quantitative and qualitative methodology, ethics).

Kathleen IrwinKathleen Irwin (Professor and Head, Department of Theatre, University of Regina) holds a Doctor of Arts for Aalto University, Helsinki. Her practical and theoretical research focuses on site-specific, community-based practice and alternative performative spaces including found space and the internet. As co-artistic Director of Knowhere Productions Inc., she produces large-scale, site-specific performances. As co-founder of ArtsAction Inc., she advocates for the redevelopment of urban space for cultural re-use. She presents regularly at international conferences and has given workshops in Helsinki, Belgrade, Tallinn, Utrecht and Melbourne. Her research is published in Canadiana and international journals and anthologies, and is disseminated through documentaries and web-based archives. As Canadian Education Commissioner / OISTAT, she is active in organizing Scenofest for the Prague Quadrennial of Space and Performance/2011. Her publications include Sighting / Citing / Sighting (Canadian Plains Research, 2009) and The Ambit of Performativity (University of Art and Design Helsinki Press, 2007).

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