Re-thinking post recovery space
  • 13:00-13:40: Room 601, Roland Levinsky Building | 13:45-17:20: Levinsky Room, 3rd Floor, Roland Levinsky Building

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Oscillating between trauma, memory and healing, this event presented alternative and participatory practices to construct new forms for a Post Recovery Space. We aimed for new paradigms by linking research in practice to imagination of post-trauma spaces, and by addressing conflict, trauma and displacement through re-examining space, place, locality and community creatively and beyond socio-political concerns.

Through a series of talks from creative researchers and practitioners in the design, film, and development, we speculated and negotiated on how urban space, design thinking, creative and inclusive mental practices as much as filmic participation, contribute to strengthening the physical and mental wellbeing of people recovering from conflict. We focused on thinking recovery, trauma and healing through the therapeutic dimension of creative practice by expanding - not replacing - the theoretical research on displacement, the organisational expertise and support on the ground in zones of conflict.


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This event was organised by the Displacement Studies Research Network and funded by The Arts Institute.

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Jenny Donovan

Jenny is the author of Designing to Heal, a book about post-conflict recovery and the way urban design can respond to challenges of conflict. She is Director of Inclusive Design, based in Australia. Jenny has worked in post-war and post-disaster situations in Kosovo, Sri Lanka and Ethiopia.

Martin Bjerregaard

Martin specialises in recovery projects working closely with recycling debris, providing employment opportunities, sense of purpose, removing visual scars of conflict, reducing vulnerability and using the recycled debris in the reconstruction of homes. He currently works for the UNDP (Iraq). 

Dr Helen Lloyd and Debra Westlake

Helen is a lecturer in Psychology at the University with a doctorate in medical anthropology and cultural psychiatry. She has an interest in creative recovery and working with refugees and asylum seekers to develop a research bid to explore mental health provision in Plymouth. Helen will discuss creative recovery approaches and present some early insights from her current work.

Debra is a research fellow in the Community and Primary Care research group at the University. She works in applied health service research at local and international levels using qualitative and mixed methods methodologies. Debra will talk about her current research which focuses on participatory research with refugees and asylum seekers in the area of mental health.

Jenny Stamboliev

Jenny researches counter narratives and approaches to displacement imagery in European main stream press and film. Her paper focuses on Pierre Schoeller’s documentary film Le Temps Perdu (2014) to discuss how participatory film making can act as a collaborative gesture of inclusion, collectivity and healing enabled by access to artistic expression and image ownership.

Dr Mathew Emmett

M.Arch Year 1 Design Studio Leader at the University, Mathew works within the fields of architecture, landscape urbanism, site-responsive installation, film, sound and performance.

Carey Marks

Carey has worked professionally in the creative industry for 25 years in London and the US. He has a passionate interest in portraits and photo-journalism and his portfolio particularly focuses on communities and people in context. He is the Sustainable Earth Institute Creative Associate 2018 and 2019 and worked alongside academics and practitioners from around the world.

Dr Sana Murrani

Sana is a lecturer in Architecture and the founding Director of the Displacement Studies Research Network. She is the Principal Investigator for Creative Recovery in partnership with the British Red Cross, a research project funded by the European Cultural Foundation and supported by a Creative Associate funded by the Sustainable Earth Institute. Sana will be discussing some of the research findings on memory and post recovery space in the transitional period of asylum in the UK.

Zoe Latham

Zoe is a funded Doctoral Researcher and Associate Lecturer in the School of Art, Design and Architecture. Her research interests are landscape urbanism, place attachment, ritual and cultural landscapes.

Andy Humphreys

Andy is Associate Head of School and Subject Lead for Architecture at the University of Plymouth, and Re[Defined Vernacular R[D]V Design Studio Leader. The studio this year has been looking at the city as a space for participatory acts and civic celebration. Alongside Andy, R[D]V is taught by Hayley Anderson and Nicky Fox.

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