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Dr Julie Crawshaw

Senior Lecturer

Department: Arts

Julie Crawshaw Photo 255Julie has an experimental practice developed through an interdisciplinary pathway. In tandem with artists, planners, community members and others, her research explores human non-human relations towards making future plans. Funded by the Swedish Research Council, Julie is Co Investigator of ‘Stretched: Expanding Notions of Artistic Practice Through Artist-led Cultures’ (with Valand Academy, University of Gothenburg). Before academia she worked in the arts with particular interest in the role of art in social contexts and artist-led practice. This professional experience closely informs her academic work as combining scholarship and engagement. 

Julie's interest in research practice began with a postgraduate in development studies. A wake up to the multiple scales of our connectedness, the programme introduced her to interdisciplinary theories and practices of development, and relational perspectives for challenging any folly of separateness. From here, she worked as an evaluation consultant for local authorities, arts councils and environment agencies. Keen to challenge policy metrics for ‘measuring’ the art experience, Julie returned to study, taking an anthropological PhD in Planning: ‘Beyond Targets: Articulating the role of art in regeneration’ (2012). Informed by Pragmatism and Actor-Network Theory the ethnography of her thesis follows the traceable connections between human and non-human actors. In this study she challenged the symbolic perspective of art in urban studies, to rather describe the making of public art as a process of knowledge production.

As an arts manager, Julie's portfolio included working as: Programme Director of Artists Newsletter (now a-n The Artists Information Company), Executive Director of Waygood Gallery & Studios (now BALTIC 39), Development Manager of Forma Arts & Media and Co Director of Midwest; alongside an independent practice as an art commissioner, evaluator and OD practitioner working with local authorities, arts councils, housing associations, environment agencies and arts organisations. During this time, she also taught on the inquiry based Manchester Sustainable Cities programme at the University of Manchester; and Managing at the Top (British Council/DfID), an experiential learning programme for senior Civil Servants of Bangladesh. Julie has presented her work at academic conferences and professional events internationally. 

Campus Address

Northumbria University, City Campus
Lipman 501
Newcastle upon Tyne


anthropology PhD Beyond Targets: Articulating the role of art in regeneration February 04 2013

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Doing Art in the Country, Crawshaw, J., Gkartzios, M., Mahon, M. 1 Sep 2019, In: Sociologia Ruralis
  • Researching Rural Housing, Gkartzios, M., Crawshaw, J. 3 Apr 2019, In: Sociologia Ruralis
  • Art as Rural Planning Inquiry, Crawshaw, J. 17 Jan 2019, Routledge Companion to Rural Planning, Taylor & Francis
  • Balance of the Island, Crawshaw, J. 31 Jul 2018, Rurality Re-Imagined, ORO Editions
  • Drawn Together, Crawshaw, J. 1 Jun 2018, Visual Culture and the Northern British Archipelago, New York, Taylor & Francis
  • Island Making: Planning artistic collaboration, Crawshaw, J. 2018, In: Landscape Research
  • The Way Art Works, Crawshaw, J., Gkartzios, M. 2017, The Routledge Handbook of Community Development Perspectives from Around the Globe, Taylor & Francis
  • Getting to know the island: Artistic experiments in rural community development, Crawshaw, J. Feb 2016, In: Journal of Rural Studies
  • Working Together: Tracing the Making of Public Art as Part of Regeneration Practice, Crawshaw, J. 1 Sep 2015, In: Anthropological Journal of European Cultures
  • Translations in Practice: The multiple roles of the researcher in arts-based knowledge exchange, Crawshaw, J. 1 Jun 2015, In: Journal of Arts & Communities

PGR Supervision

  • Claire Pencak Start: 01/10/2017
  • Gayle Meikle Start: 04/12/2017


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