In this section Doctoral students outline their research and the way their work explores questions related to social sculpture and connective practices.
Journey into relatedness: Ways to overcome the separation between inner and outer action, engender eco-social insight and facilitate new forms of trans-disciplinary connective practice, social sculpture and socially engaged art.
Reclaiming the Soul of Landscape and Reclaiming Landscape for the Soul:
Developing arenas for an imaginative and connective engagement with natural landscapes, places and trees (Read more)
Dr. Helena Fox
From Anaesthetic to Aesthetic in the Clinic: An arts-led enquiry to explore, design and develop ‘connective aesthetic’ processes to increase awareness and deepen attention to sensing and imagination in relation to everyday aspects of healthcare. A further dimension to evidence based knowledge. (Read more)
A poetic pilgrimage towards a cosmopolitan world: an exploration of Dag Hammarskjöld´s political vision and understanding, with special reference to the field of social sculpture and its value for global citizenship education. (Read more)
Knowing – Feeling – Changing: From Understanding to Action.
Earth Forum: a model for transformative learning practices and education for democracy
Exploring, transforming and mapping food webs through Social Sculpture and Connective Practice – with special reference to Tottenham, in London.
Remembering memory: seeking an archetype for restor(y)ing body and earth
Evoking Belonging: Igniting Ubuntu as a cultural meme through Social Sculpture strategies, participatory performance & cultural mapping, in the context of Urban Sustainable Development.
Aesthetic Education and Social Sculpture: Heinrich Marianus Deinhardt’s unnoticed contribution to the evolution of Joseph Beuys’ ‘expanded conception of art’
Activating the Field of Unfolding: An investigation of Contemporary Social Sculpture’s Holistic Contribution to the Field of Interdisciplinary Transformational Practice
Anna van Zelderen
From Recreation as Leisure to Re-Creation as Connective and Enlivened Ways of Being in the World
Blazing Century: Creative Intervention in the Margins of Two Worlds – Art and Social Praxis
PhD COMPLETIONS in SSRU 2008 to 2016
‘Thinking in Form and (In)formed Thought’: An Exploration of Aesthetic Strategies and Methodologies in New Art Practices, with Special Reference to Joseph Beuys’ ‘Expanded conception of Art’ (Read more)
Composing the Ordinary: A Walking/Dialogical Arts Practice as Enquiry into the Role of Affects across Life Worlds and Cultures
‘Material’ as Gateway to Other Forms of Knowing: What the Secrets in Materials and Processes Have to Offer in the Field of Transformative Social Practice (Read more)
Presencing Place: an Enquiry into the Knowing and Shaping of Place Through Expanded Art Practices (Read more)
We are the Revolution? The ‘creative social action’ of La Fiambrera, Skart and Superflex, and its contribution to sustainable social change.
The role of the artistic mode in transformative process and its transdisciplinary relevance
On the waiting list:
George Thierry Hanja / Nividita Saha / Martha Lameirao / Patricia Watts / Alice Flloyd / Sven Riemer
Director of Studies – all students – Prof. Shelley Sacks
Second Supervisors and Special Advisors –
Dr. Wolfgang Zumdick [9 students]
Prof. Roger Griffen [1 student]
Prof. Nabeel Hamdi [1 student]
Janice Howard [2 students]
Prof. Bill Fullford [1 student]
Prof. Ray Lee  Prof. Paul Whitty [1 student]
Shelley Sacks/25 October 2017