Lecturer, Applied Theatre
Royal Central School of Speech and Drama
My research draws inspiration from urban arts (parkour, art du déplacement, breakin’/breakdancing, skateboarding and graffiti) to develop a theory of negotiated living that I call Compassionate Mobilities. Over 25 workshops in London and Singapore, undertaken with young people between the ages of 15 and 25, I used urban art-inspired place practices to explore alternative ways of understanding and negotiating mobilities in a hypercompetitive environment that disadvantages young people from low-income families. Many of the young people I worked with were struggling with depression. My postdoctoral research explores the reimagining of the future of mental wellbeing in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Tokyo, Singapore and London.
My current research interests include: Chinese and Japanese philosophies on death, the employment of artificial intelligence (AI) in the field of telehealth and mental wellbeing, cosplay- and urban arts-inspired place practices.