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Dr Alison Lloyd Williams

Senior Research Associate

Bowland North

LA1 4YN

Lancaster

Tel: +44 1524 594627

Research overview

Alison draws on creative methods to research issues of citizenship and participation, particularly with children and young people. 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 currently works with the Environment Agency on various impact activities stemming from this research. 

Research Interests

Alison has an MA in Theatre and Development Studies from the University of Leeds and a PhD in Theatre Studies from Lancaster. Her thesis, which drew on workshops with children in Uganda and the UK, made a case for a pedagogy of Theatre for Development in education by situating children as active participants in community development. 

Alison co-devised the participatory methods and tools used to engage with children and promote their voice in the Children, Young People and Flooding and CUIDAR projects. She has since gone on to develop a series of creative, educational outputs from the team's research with disaster-affected children that help promote public understanding of disaster risk and recovery. 

In 2016 Alison 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 participatory theatre 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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