David Overend

Lecturer in Drama and Performance Studies

  • English Literature
  • School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures

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Room 2.23
50 George Square

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I joined Edinburgh in 2019 after three years at Royal Holloway, University of London, and five years at the University of the West of Scotland. I have also taught at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and the University of Glasgow. As a director, I have worked for several theatres, including the National Theatre of Great Britain, and toured internationally with award-winning productions.

Responsibilities & affiliations

Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Research summary

My research interests are interdisciplinary but focus on Creative GeoHumanities, particularly at the intersection between cultural geography and performance studies. My most recent publications and practice-based outputs have used creative methods to explore key geographical themes including mobility and wildness. This work is a development of my earlier research on site-specific art and community participation, emerging from my practice-as-research thesis, which aimed to develop a ‘relational’ praxis in response to the Arches arts centre in Glasgow. Outputs include articles for GeoHumanities, Humanities and Cultural Geographies; a Study Room Guide on creative mobilities for the Live Art Development Agency; and practice-based research projects for the National Trust for Scotland, the National Theatre of Great Britain, the Arches and Òran Mór. I am currently  leading a transdisciplinary project with geographers and artists, exploring performances of ‘wild geographies’ at rewilding sites in the UK.

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