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Dr Helen Graham

Associate Professor
Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures
School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies

Helen’s research lies at the intersection of political theory and participative and action-led forms of research. With museums, heritage and place as a focus, Helen investigates how participatory work can be combined with ‘whole system’ change. In York – in collaboration with architect Phil Bixby – Helen is involved in staging large scale public engagement processes (My Future York / My Castle Gateway / My York Central) in key areas of urban regeneration and city-level development.

These projects have combined the personal through narrative, story-telling and imaginative methods to enable personal articulation (hence the ‘my’ in the project titles) with developing a new form of public sphere via inquiry-led forms of debate and discussion and an approach to change that actively links institutional/government-led infrastructures and investment with tactical experiments and community-led action.

Through ‘Bradford’s National Museum: Connecting Bradford and the National Science and Media Museum’ Helen is working with the museum staff, other researchers and a number of project partners to explore connections between the museum and Bradford. Linking all the key issues – Bradford, the museum, communities, science and technology – is an exploration of relational approaches via action-led and experimental methods.