Dr Katie Beswick

Research interests

◦    Space and Place

◦    Social Housing

◦     Class 

◦    Applied and Socially Engaged Theatre

◦    Postcolonialism

◦    Race and Racism

◦    Street Performance


Recent and On-Going Research

I am interested in understanding how arts practices create, sustain and challenge our perecptions of the world.

To date, the majority of my work has focussed on the realtionship beween British council estates, or 'social housing estates', and theatre and performance practices.Mya monograph, Social Housing in Performance, explores the ways that ideas about council estates and their residents are produced through popular culture, and how performance practices have responded to this wider discourse. The book is due for publication in 2019.

My current project explores street performances cultures, particularly in London and New York City.

Research collaborations

I have collaborated with the theatre company Phakama to analyse the outcomes of our project, 'Ten in a Bed' - where we worked with under 5s and their families in Tower Hamlets, London, using arts-based workshops to enhance literacy. 

I worked with academics from the University of Leeds, the Open University and Freie Universität Berlin on the 'Postcolonial Cities' project, resulting in an international conference held at the University of Leeds (2012) and a special issue of the peer-reviewed journal 'Interventions' (2015).

I have worked with numerous instiutions to develop and deliever performance projects with students, including National Coal Mining Museum England, Thackray Medical Museum and the Montgomery School, Exeter.