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    Lena's research areas include contemporary performance practice, political performance, live art, art activism, feminist theatre and performance, and critical arts practice in relation to climate crisis, ecology and environment. Happy to receive PhD research proposals in connection to these themes.

    20092023

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    Dr Lena Šimić is a Reader in Drama at Edge Hill University, originally from Dubrovnik, Croatia, now living in Liverpool, United Kingdom. Her research areas include contemporary performance practice, political performance, live art, art activism, feminist theatre and performance, and critical arts practice in relation to climate crisis, ecology and environment. A performance practitioner working with the teaching methodologies of ‘embodied practice’ and ‘practice as research’ in performance and theatre studies. Lena has presented her arts practice and research in a variety of academic journals (Performance Research, Contemporary Theatre Review, n.paradoxa, RiDE, Feminist Review, Studies in the Maternal, Journal of the Motherhood Initiative), edited books, and in various arts venues and festivals in the United Kingdom and internationally. Her short play, Three Conversations in collaboration with her sons, Neal and Sid, was commissioned for Climate Change Theatre Action in 2019. Together with Underwood-Lee, she ran the AHRC funded Performance and the Maternal project (2019–2022). Their recent co-authored publications include edited collection Mothering Performance: Maternal Action Routledge (2023), co-authored book Maternal Performance: Feminist Relations Palgrave (2021), “On the Maternal” (2017) Performance Research (22:4) and Manifesto for Maternal Performance (Art) 2016! (2017). Lena has published seven artist books including Maternal Matters and Other Sisters (2009), The Mums and Babies Ensemble (2015), 10 - The Institute for the Art and Practice of Dissent at Home (2019) and Thirties (2022).

    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 3 - Good Health and Well-being
    • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
    • SDG 13 - Climate Action
    • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

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