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Research Fellow in Childhood, Youth and Education Studies, Manchester Metropolitan University

David Rousell is Research Fellow in the Education and Social Research Institute at Manchester Metropolitan University, where work in the Biosocial Laboratory for Research on Learning and Behaviour ( Previously David worked as Research Fellow in the Arts and Sustainability at Southern Cross University (2014-2017), where he co-led the Climate Change and Me project with Professor Amy Cutter-Mackenzie and over 100 young people as co-researchers.

David’s research combines his interests in speculative philosophy, ecology, affect theory, and participatory social inquiry with his background as a visual artist, designer, and arts educator. David’s PhD project States and Territories(2013-2017) was funded by an Australian Postgraduate Award and an artistic commission from the VC’s Sustainability Fund at Southern Cross University (SCU). The project re-imagined SCU’s Lismore campus through site-specific art installations, digital interfaces, and pedagogical experimentations responding to the onset of the Anthropocene. David’s current projects continue to focus on creating multi-sensory and immersive responses to the Anthropocene in collaboration with children, young people, designers, architects, educators, and researchers across a wide range of disciplines. He leads the Local Alternatives (2017-2019) project, which explores young people’s changing affective experiences and imaginings of their local environments, and involves partnerships with Z-Arts, the Whitworth Gallery, and Manchester Museum ( David’s research has been published in international journals and books, including International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, International Journal of Education Through the Arts, Multi-Disciplinary Research in the Arts,Arts-Research-Education: Connections and Directions (Springer), and the International Research Handbook on Childhoodnature (Springer).


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    Research Fellow in Childhood, Youth and Education Studies, Manchester Metropolitan University