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Aidan is a researcher in the fields of social policy, creativity and performance. In 2022 he was awarded a Masters by Research from Edge Hill University and began a PhD in October 2022, investigating how local communities are developing strategies for transitioning to a society based on principles of social, racial and climate justice. He has a specific interest in Trauma Informed Practice.

Prior to the Pandemic, his work focussed on creative and collective music and performance making, taking inspiration from world wide cultural movements, and the history, identity and undocumented stories of particular communities and environments. He has worked with Collective Encounters since 2012 on projects relating to mental health (‘Other Ways Of Telling’), homelessness, and with veterans ('Out Of Service'). He has more than 30 years’ experience as an artist and an activist.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 4 - Quality Education

Education/Academic qualification

Social Science, MRes, Can Participatory Arts-based Methodologies be used to Create a 'decolonised' Framework of Knowledge, Edge Hill University

1 Jan 202028 Oct 2022

Award Date: 14 Mar 2023

Community Arts, Other, Manchester Polytechnic

1 Oct 19911 Jun 1992

Award Date: 1 Jun 1992

Politics, Philosophy, and Economics, BA, University of Oxford

1 Oct 198318 Jul 1986

Award Date: 18 Jul 1986

Other positions

Research Lead, Collective Encounters

1 Jan 2023 → …


  • HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
  • Social Change
  • LB Theory and practice of education
  • Populaar Education
  • Creativity

Research Centres

  • Centre for Social Responsibility


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