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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 a project investigating approaches to antimicrobial resistance at the University of Southampton.

Reducing infection prevention in hospital care settings: Health professionals, the agency of microbes and microfluidic tracking technology.


Originally from a background in performance art and socially-engaged art practice, he has been involved in a wealth of projects that combine creative and non-creative research methodologies. Paul is interested in food, bodies, health, citizen engagement participatory research. He is active in collaborative work across disciplines and between academic and non-academic partners.


BA (hons), Drama and Theatre Studies, University of Kent, 2001

MA Fine Art, Cardiff School of Art and Design, 2003

PhD Drama, University of Bristol, 2010


2016 – Senior Research Fellow, Geography and Environmental Science, University of Southampton

2016 – Lead Artist, Bristol Approach to Citizen Sensing, Knowle West Media Centre, Bristol

2014 – 2016 - Associate Lecturer in Visual Culture, University of the West of England

2013 – 2014 - Lead Artist, Foodscapes,

2011 – 2012 - Lecturer in Performing Arts, Weston College

2008 – 2011 – Sessional Lecturer, Department of Drama, University of Bristol


Research interests


Paul's work originates in practice-led research in performance art, and bridges multiple disciplines and contexts. He is interested in intersubjectivity and the way(s) in which bodies perform, and in the performative potential of research and participation. In his interdisciplinary work with other researchers, Paul brings collaborative and performative methods to the process of research, to reconsider relations and create alternative possibilities of interaction between participants and researchers. He is also interested in using creative and performative methods in the reflective dissemination of research.

Paul has worked in university and community settings, and has collaborated, performed and exhibited in community centres, art galleries, allotments, scrap yards and a disused public tennis court on the bank of the Danube.

Research projects


  • Current – Co-investigator - '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.
  • Current – artist-researcher - 'Protein Pressures: Becoming Ecological Citizen' AHRC Connected Communities project in collaboration with Hubbub, London. PI – Dr Emma Roe.
  • Previous – artist researcher - 'A Lexicon of Labour Movements' with Clare Thornton, Knowle West Media Centre / Art and Work Symposium UCA.






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