Research Residencies and Collaborative Projects


The SSRU offers ‘researchers’ in the field of social sculpture or closely related practices the opportunity to become a researcher-in-residence with the SSRU for periods of between 3, 6 and 9 months. Residencies can be used to:

  1. Develop a proposal for a future project
  2. Develop and present a project in Oxford or surrounding areas
  3. Develop a research proposal for doctoral or postdoctoral study linked to the SSRU.


From our side:
During the residency you will have access to 1 x 2 hour supervision per month with one of the staff. You will also be to participate in all the PhD Social Sculpture fora.

If you develop a project or project proposal during the residency you will have a space on the SSRU website to present this. This might become an on-going arrangement, if your work continues to be closely aligned to the field of social sculpture.

Although this is a non-stipendiary post, it is recognised by university as a temporary Research Affiliate and so you will receive a staff number and access to the library and School of Arts building. It might also be possible to arrange for the use of certain workshop facilities, but this will be negotiated on a case-by-case basis.

From your side:
You will be expected to introduce yourself and your intentions at the start of the residency and then to make at least one further presentation to this group before the residency ends. You will also be asked to share what you have done with the Social Sculpture Initiatives Forum, particularly if there are on-going possibilities for collaboration with others.

If your research is appropriate for the MAs and perhaps Undergraduates, then we would like you to try and give one presentation to them too.

Residencies are open to individuals and small collectives from any disciplinary background or context, provided your proposed work or research is closely aligned to the field of social sculpture. The proposed work can be text based, organisational, activist, citizenship related or practice-based in arts, culture and/or sustainability.

Please send initial expressions of interest and queries to Maris Palmi

In October 2012 we had our first non-stipendiary Researcher-in-Residence in the Social Sculpture Research Unit.

Janhavi Dhamankhar
joined us from Pune, India for 6 months (Oct 2012 – April 2013) to write a number of research papers and explore ways of developing the social sculpture field with other colleagues in Mumbai and Bangalore, once back in India. Her work with us is continuing in 2014 in India. Janhavi is organising a series of introductory sessions on University of the Trees and Earth Forum in Mumbai, Pune and Bangalore.

Janhavi is an accomplished Classical Indian Dancer, has studied Indian and Western Aesthetics and has an MPhil (Cum Laude) in Phenomenology from the University of Leuven, Belgium. The focus of her MPhil is on Empathy.

Subsequent Researchers-in-Residence

Sarah Dolores Thorne

Fern Thomas

Prof. Martin Poltram