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Dr Alison Lloyd Williams

Senior Research Associate

Bowland North



Tel: +44 1524 594627

Research overview

Alison draws on creative, theatre-based methods to research issues of citizenship and participation, particularly with children and young people and other marginalised groups. She worked on the ESRC Urgency Project with Save the Children UK, Children, Young People and Flooding: Recovery and Resilience, and the Horizon 2020 project, CUIDAR: Cultures of Disaster Resilience among Children and Young Peopleand is currently involved in various impact activities stemming from this research. 

Research Interests

Following an MA in Theatre and Development Studies from the University of Leeds, Alison completed a PhD in Theatre Studies at Lancaster which brought together concepts of education, development and citizenship in relation to theories about children, childhood spaces and performance to reassess the notion of the ‘developing citizen’ and the role of the school in citizenship development. Alison's research project involved working with groups of primary school children in England and Uganda, inviting the pupils to create and share performance work about themselves and their communities both within and across the two locations. The thesis made a case for a pedagogy of Theatre for Development in education, configuring schools as key sites for development within their communities and children as active participants in that development. 

Working on the Children, Young People and Flooding and CUIDAR projects led to Alison's interest in the uses of applied theatre in disaster recovery and resilience building with children and young people. In 2016 she was awarded a Postdoctoral Fellowship from the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science to work with Prof Aya Goto at Fukushima Medical University (FMU) and the collaboration has since continued. After Fukushima: Working with Children and Young People to Build Community Resilience uses theatre methods to explore and present young people's ideas for community development in the wake of the 2011 Fukushima disaster.   

Alison has formerly held an Honorary Research Fellow position in the School of Arts, Languages & Cultures at the University of Manchester, contributing to the university’s In Place of War arts programme via a Theatre in Education consultancy for Children in Crisis Liberia. Alison's blog about this project is available on the Children in Crisis website.


Professional Role

Alison works for Global Link Development Education Centre in Lancaster, using creative methodologies to deliver global learning and community-based projects with young people and adults.

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