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Dr Rachel Turner-King

Job Title
Associate Professor
Education Studies
Research Interests

Warwick Arts Centre, creative learning, drama pedagogy, devising performance, eco-pedagogy, 'multiculturalism', 'internationalism', 'hospitality', 'conviviality', education and outreach, public engagement, social justice.


Rachel is Assistant Professor in Creativity, Performance and Education at the Centre for Education Studies, University of Warwick. She leads modules on 'Drama and Theatre in Theory and Practice' and 'Drama and Creative Learning'.

From 2011-15, Rachel worked as Senior Teaching Fellow for the MA in Drama and Theatre Education, in the Centre for Education Studies, University of Warwick and, in July 2015, she received a Warwick Award for Teaching Excellence (WATE).

In 2007, she received a Collaborative Doctorate Award (CDA) from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) to work in collaboration with Warwick Arts Centre (WAC) and the School of Theatre Studies, University of Warwick under the supervision of Professor Baz Kershaw and Alan Rivett, Director of WAC. Her PhD research developed practice-led methods to investigate the dynamic interactions between notions and perceptions of 'multiculturalism' and 'internationalism' in relation to WAC's programming, commissioning and education activities. Having completed her PhD in 2013, she examines the ways drama and theatre-based pedagogies can be used to create hospitable and convivial spaces for interaction between multi-ethnic communities.

Rachel led the UK research site for Professor Kathleen Gallagher's international, multi-sited and collaborative research project (SSHRC 2014-18) Youth, Theatre, Radical Hope and the Ethical Imaginary: an intercultural investigation of drama pedagogy, performance and civic engagement.

Rachel is delighted to be collaborating on Kathleen's new project Global Youth (Digital) Citizen-Artists and their Publics: Performing for Socio-Ecological Justice 2019-2024. She begins fieldwork for this project in summer 2020, alongside Dr Bobby Smith (Theatre Studies) and Professor David Mond (Mathematics/Global Sustainable Development).

Rachel has recently completed a City of Culture/GRP funded pilot project investigating the possibilities of co-creating a 'Story Garden' in Canley, Coventry. This interdisciplinary project involves practitioners from Chol Theatre and landscape gardener, Hannah Genders. In November 2019, Rachel created a pop up Story Garden in Canley Community Centre as part of the ESRC's Festival of Social Sciences.

Title Funder Award start Award end
With one Breath - Engaging young people with climate research AHRC 01 Sep 2021 31 Dec 2021