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Dr Paul Hurley 

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Dr Paul Hurley is an interdisciplinary researcher, artist and facilitator who joined Geography and Environmental Science in 2016 to work on projects investigating approaches to human and nonhuman worlds, in the context of antimicrobial resistance, animal welfare, and food systems and practices - what and how people buy, grow, eat and sell.

Understanding the cultures in which we live is central to understanding the environments we want to care about.

Originally background in performance and participatory arts, Paul has been involved in a wealth of projects that combine creative and non-creative research methodologies. Working at the intersection of social science and humanities work, he is interested in ecology, food systems, animals, health, culture, gender and communities.

Paul is active in collaborative work across disciplines and between academic and non-academic partners, and in innovative public engagement in different contexts. Since 2018 he has worked as an artist consultant on the Animal Research Nexus project, developing public engagement activity around laboratory animal welfare. He has also been project artist on the Christian Ethics in Farmed Animal Welfare project and between 2018-2019 he was artist-in-residence at the University of Bristol’s Temple Quarter Enterprise Campus.

Research interests

Paul's work originates in practice-led research in performance art, and bridges multiple disciplines and contexts. He is interested in the way(s) in which human and nonhuman bodies perform and interact, and in the performative potential of research and engagement. In his interdisciplinary work with other researchers, Paul brings collaborative and participatory methods to the process of research, to reconsider relations and possibilities of knowledge production between participants and researchers. He is also interested in using creative and performative strategies in the reflective dissemination of research and through public engagement activity.

Research projects

  • 2019 – Co-I - ‘Non-elite Environmentalisms in Global Contexts’ in partnership with Technical University of Kenya – University of Southampton GCRF Strategic Development Fund. PI Emma Roe.
  • 2018 – PI - ‘Creativity and Climate: Sharing knowledge about how creative practices can connect  publics to environmental issues’ - AHRC Connected Communities Catalyst Fund.
  • 2017-2018 – PDRA - ‘Man Food: Opportunities for becoming an ecological citizen through protein-related food practices’ - AHRC Connected Communities – PI Emma Roe.
  • 2017 – PI - ‘In Our Hands: Mapping Microbes film / app development’- NAMRIP EPSRC.
  • 2017 – Co-I - ‘The Life and Death of a Food Chicken’ – Brigstow Institute, University of Bristol.
  • 2016 Co-I - ‘Fighting superbugs on the home front: becoming an ecological citizen in your bathroom’ NAMRIP EPSRC – PI Emma Roe.
  • 2016 – Co-I - 'Reducing infection prevention in hospital care settings: Health professionals, the agency of microbes and microfluidic tracking technology' – Interdisciplinary project funded by NAMRIP / EPSRC. PI - Dr Emma Roe.
  • 2016 – artist-researcher - 'Protein Pressures: Becoming Ecological Citizen' AHRC Connected Communities project in collaboration with Hubbub, London. PI – Dr Emma Roe.

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