Fellow: Heddon
Elected: 2023
Discipline: History, Theory and Practice of the Creative and Performing Arts
Professor Dee Heddon
James Arnott Chair in Drama, University of Glasgow
Awarded my PhD from the University of Glasgow in 1999, I began my Higher Education career at the University of Exeter, returning to Glasgow in 2005. In 2015, I was appointed James Arnott Chair in Drama. My research engages with contemporary performance, including autobiographical, experimental, and environmental. I have an enduring interest in walking aesthetics and my current funded research explores walking experiences during COVID-19 and the use of creative activities to support these. I am also a Co-Investigator on a large NERC project, ‘Treescapes’, investigating uncertainty and adaptation in trees and forests. This work is complemented by a recent RSE Network grant, which will engage with cultural producers, artists and forest managers to consider the relationships between forest and cultural production.
From 2014-2020, I was the founding Dean/Director of Scottish Graduate School for Arts & Humanities, working with 16 HEIs and 50 partner organisations across Scotland to support more than 1,700 doctoral researchers. Other senior roles held at the University of Glasgow include Dean of Graduate Studies, Deputy Head of College of Arts and member of Senate. I sit on the Boards of Scottish Youth Theatre and conFAB.