I am nearing the end of a two year Psychosocial Studies MSc at University of Brighton School of Applied Social Sciences.

During these two years, I have specialised in art and architecture and the psychosocial, looking at the role and place of the artist in contemporary society; the motivations of an artist to create; the potential of art to create social change, and in particular, looking at eco-art in climate change communication, solution and therapy; and the potential for a creative partnership with participation action research.

My dissertation will be on relocalism and placemaking and will explore the phenomena of ‘relocalism’ and how this contributes to the psychosocial of placemaking in the city. The dissertation will offer an overview and analysis specifically of the place and role of arts intervention in the psychosocial making of urban place, and giving a case study of the ‘25th Hour Project’ from Uber-Lebenskunst, Berlin, following a period of observation with them in August.

If you practice in these areas, please do get in touch as I wish to include a variety of examples and case studies.

Essays and presentations include:

  • A Tale of Two Cities: art and its place in Berlin since the Wall
  • Art and the therapeutic relationship
  • Arts Council England: a study of a learning organisation at a time of change and challenge
  • Can art change the world?: toward a psychosocial approach to eco-angst from the arts
  • Community psychology and built environment education: mutual transformation (Distinction)
  • Constructing the arts in a time of economic reduction: a discourse analysis of a key speech
  • Critically appraise the relationship between community psychology values and the facilitation and measurement of social change (Distinction)
  • Parasites abroad: Vicky Cristina Barcelona, parasitical theory and the psychosocial relationship (Distinction)
  • Qualitative research and placemaking: a critical evaluation of a range of methods of data collection and analysis and their applicability to a placemaking research question (Distinction)

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