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City of Culture Impact Lunch

City of Culture Impact Lunch

Collaborative Research Projects

June 6 2019, 12:00 - 14:30
Helen Martin Studio, Warwick Arts Centre


Come and join members of the City of Culture Creative Producing Team for an Impact Lunch where we will hear from Warwick researchers about their collaborative research projects, how you can get involved and the City of Culture research themes.

We have limited spaces for this event, so please ensure you register to secure your place. Once the event is full, a waiting list will be created.



Professor Jackie Hodgson

Deputy PVC for Research


City of Culture Research Themes and how to get involved

Professor Mark Knights

Department of History

Coventry Lives

Stretching from medieval times to the present day, biographies will be generated by a team of researchers who will utilise crowd-sourced information and present the biographies on a digital map and timeline which will allow communities to curate their own histories.

Professor Alan Chalmers


Virtual Medieval Spon Street

Alan and his team are creating full multi-sensory virtual environments with the Herbert Gallery. This exciting project will allow the public to experience the sights, the sounds and even the smells of the dyeing, weaving and tanning industries.

Dr Joanne Garde Hansen

Centre Director Cultural and Medial Policy Studies

To Walk with Water

This project aims to engage young people in new content creation and storytelling relating to the cultural value of a river in Spon End.

Dr Michael Wyness and Mon Partovi

Centre for Education Studies

Identity and Resettlement Among Young Refugees in Coventry

This research project will provide a case study of a Coventry school’s involvement in the process of resettlement by working with refugee and migrant children from the Middle East and North Africa. Researchers will utilise data to support the resettlement work that schools (more generally) undertake with children in the city. This work forms part of ongoing research with refugee children through the Positive Youth Foundation (PYF), an agency supporting children and young people in Coventry.

Dr Helen Wheatley

Film and Television Studies

Ghost Town: Civic Television and the Haunting of Coventry

Ghost town examines the cultural value of the television archive, as well as what Coventry means to its inhabitants and visitors

The City in the Box and the Box in the City:The Role of Television Archive in Cities of Culture

This research is closely related the Ghost Town project, and considers the relationship between the television archive and Cities of Culture more broadly.

The Visual Heritage of Industrial Coventry

Working with Photo Archive Miners and the Coventry public, this project will scope visual and audio-visual material for future industrial exhibitions in Coventry and Italy.

Dr Rachel Turner-King

Centre for Education Studies

Story Garden in Canley

Inspired by the philosophy and practice of Forest Schools, the Story Garden encourages people to reconnect and reimagine their relationship with often ignored and sometimes neglected outdoor environments. The team aims to bring local community gardening interest and expertise together with performing arts and creative learning.

Dr Michele Aaron

Film & Television Studies

Screening Rights Film Festival

Screening Rights Film Festival is an international festival of social justice film that aims to instigate debate on the potential of film to trigger personal, social and political change. Michele is the festival's Director, and is working to make 2021 its largest and most successful year yet. The Festival will be primarily hosted at Warwick Arts Centre and will involve a range of other venues across Coventry.

Professor Kevin Moffat

Life Sciences


Transmission will show and share insights into infection, both viral and bacterial. An innovative mix of lectures, practical demonstrations and dance, this project will equip audiences with a better understanding of the role of science in researching and combating antimicrobial resistance (AMR).

Dr Leon Sealey-Huggins

Global Sustainable Development

Windrush Strikes Back: Decolonising Global Warwickshire

(WSB) is a community-engaged history project facilitated by the Global Warwickshire Collective (GWC). The project is focused on uncovering the hidden histories written by British African Caribbean peoples in historic Warwickshire, including Coventry, Birmingham and the surrounding areas. Over the course of six months, the GWC will mentor and train descendants of the Windrush generations, as "Decolonial Detectives."

Dr Noortje Marres

Centre Director Interdisciplinary Methodologies

Intelligent Infrastructure Project

CIM (The Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies) is working with WGM and other Coventry-based partners to develop a social intelligence test for connected and autonomous vehicles.

The research project engages with the Midlands Future Mobility Initiative through interdisciplinary social research. We use creative methods, like prototyping, to understand how intelligent mobility environments are and can be designed to serve community objectives.