Doctoral culture

Our inclusive and international research culture has maintained a rich, intellectually curious and culturally diverse community, mirroring the wider ethos of our research body and attracting students from Brazil, Chile, Cyprus, Greece, India, Portugal, South Africa, Spain, the USA and the UK, with many students having progressed from a Roehampton MA degree to a Roehampton PhD and then to postdoctoral research.

You can find out more about the research degrees we offer at Roehampton, how to apply and how we can support you during the application process here.

Below are examples of four dance PhD research work selected from a large cohort of over 30 students

Yerin Lee is undertaking her PhD on political performance in screendance using traditional Korean concepts. She is a contemporary dancer based in London and Seoul and has been creating diverse dance performances, films and programmes dealing with social and political issues through her works. She was selected by Women Cinemakers Biennale 2018 in Germany for her second dance film work ‘넋:Soul’.

Lizz Fort completed her MA in Community Dance in Roehampton’s dance department, winning the ‘Roehampton Dance Award for Outstanding Development as a Research Student’. She is an artist, educator and researcher, now pursuing her PhD on ‘Caring and Sharing: Rethinking Community Dance as a Curatorial Practice’. Her work focuses on inclusivity and she has worked extensively with physically integrated Amici Dance Theatre Company.

Andrea Paz Torres Viedma is a dance artist and researcher. Her current PhD research on ‘Moving with-being moved: improvisation as a practice of togetherness’ emerged out of her MFA work at Trinty Laban, examining dance composition. Her research is focused on contemporary dance improvisation in Chile and the notions of difference, encounter and stillness.

Magdalen Gorringe is a Bharatanatyam dancer, choreographer and researcher working on her PhD project, ‘The Professionalisation of South Asian Dance in Britain’. She has co-authored a feasibility report (2018) into vocational courses for South Asian dance forms in Britain, and was freelance co-ordinator for The Natya Project, a pilot scheme looking at ways to support young bharatanatyam dancers into professional employment in an ensemble (funded by Dance Hub, Birmingham).

You can find out more about our students' research here.