Hannah MacPherson's research is at the intersection of critical theory, arts practice and creative methods with marginalised groups.
Her research focuses on experiences of D/disability and uses art-based research methods, walking interviews and other qualitative research methods, informed by feminist, post-structural and new-materialist theories.
Hannah Macpherson is a social and cultural geographer at the University of Brighton. She is co-author of ‘Inclusive Arts Practice and Research: a critical manifesto’ with Alice Fox (Routledge) and she recently completed an Arts and Humanities Research Council funded research project on visual arts practice for resilience.
Hannah Macpherson is interested in social relations. In particular the settings, temporalities and embodied attunements that are required to foster positive, emancipatory social relations. Her research focuses on experiences of D/disability and uses art-based research methods, walking interviews and other qualitative research methods. Feminist, post-structural and new-materialist theories inform her work and recent academic papers include ‘Building resilience through group visual arts activities: findings from a scoping study with young people who experience mental health complexities and/or learning difficulties’ for the Journal of Social Work; ‘Listening space'.
She has produced numerous peer reviewed journal articles that address the physical and imaginative spaces of D/disability, landscape and arts practice. She is a member of the Royal Geographical Society and interested in how to produce positive social and environmental relations through practices of attunement and creative exchange with each other, the world and its materials. Her work engages with feminist and new-materialist theories and has appeared in a range of peer reviewed academic journals including Environment and Planning, the Journal of Social Work, Cultural Geographies and Senses and Society. She co-ordinates the D/disability ethics and aesthetics research group at the University of Brighton and she is admissions tutor for a number of Undergraduate courses in the School of Environment and Technology.
Macpherson, Hannah, Davies, Ceri, Hart, Angela, Eryigit-Madzwamuse, Suna, Rathbone, Anne, Gagnon, Emily, Buttery, Lisa and Dennis, Scott (2017) Collaborative community research dissemination and networking: Experiences and challenges Gateways: International Journal of Community Research and Engagement, 10. pp. 298-312. ISSN 1836-3393
Macpherson, Hannah (2016) Walkers with visual-impairments in the British countryside: Picturesque legacies, collective enjoyments and well-being benefits Journal of Rural Studies, 51. pp. 251-258. ISSN 0743-0167
Macpherson, Hannah (2016) Walking methods in landscape research: moving bodies, spaces of disclosure and rapport Landscape Research, 41 (4). pp. 425-432. ISSN 0142-6397
Macpherson, Hannah and Fox, Alice (2016) Listening space: Lessons from artists with and without learning disabilities Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, 34 (2). pp. 371-389. ISSN 0263-7758
Fox, Alice and Macpherson, Hannah (2015) Inclusive arts practice and research: a critical manifesto Routledge, New York. ISBN 9781138841000
Macpherson, Hannah (2015) Biostratigraphy and Disability art: an introduction to the work of Jon Adams In: Hawkins, H. and Straughan, E., eds. Geographical Aesthetics: Imagining Space, Staging Encounters. Ashgate, UK, pp. 165-180. ISBN 9781409448013
Hart, Angela, Macpherson, Hannah, Heaver, Becky and Gagnon, Emily (2015) Using visual arts based approaches to develop young people's resilience In: Kourkoutas, Elias and Hart, Angie, eds. Innovative practice and interventions for children and adolescents with psychosocial difficulties and disabilities. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK, pp. 415-430. ISBN 9781443872508
Macpherson, Hannah, Hart, Angela and Heaver, Becky (2015) Building resilience through group visual arts activities: findings from a scoping study with young people who experience mental health complexities and/or learning difficulties Journal of Social Work. pp. 1-20. ISSN 1468-0173
Macpherson, Hannah, Hart, Angela and Heaver, Becky (2014) Impacts between academic researchers and community partners: some critical reflections on impact agendas in a "visual arts for resilience" research project ACME, 13 (1). pp. 27-32. ISSN 1492-9732
Hart, Angela, Heaver, Becky, Brunnberg, Elinor, Sandberg, Anette, Macpherson, Hannah, Coombe, Stephanie and Kourkoutas, Elias (2014) Resilience-building with disabled children and young people: a review and critique of the academic evidence base International Journal of Child, Youth and Family Studies, 5 (3). pp. 394-422. ISSN 1920-7298
Macpherson, Hannah and Bleasdale, Mary (2012) Journeys in ink: re-presenting the spaces of inclusive arts practice Cultural Geographies, 19 (4). pp. 523-534. ISSN 1474-4740
Winter, Sue, Buttery, Lisa, Gahan, Laura, Taylor, Sam, Gagnon, Emily, Hart, Angela and Macpherson, Hannah (2012) Visual arts practice for resilience Boing Boing, Brighton.
Macpherson, Hannah (2011) Guiding visually impaired walking groups: intercorporeal experience and ethical sensibilities In: Paterson, M. and Dodge, M., eds. Touching place: placing touch. Ashgate, Aldershot, UK. ISBN 9781409402145
Macpherson, Hannah (2011) Navigating a non-representational research landscape and representing 'under-represented groups': from complexity to strategic essentialism (and back) Social and Cultural Geography, 12 (6). pp. 544-548. ISSN 1464-9365
Macpherson, Hannah (2010) Non-representational approaches to body-landscape relations Geography Compass, 4 (1). pp. 1-13. ISSN 1749-8198
Macpherson, Hannah (2009) Articulating blind touch: thinking through the feet Senses and Society, 4 (2). pp. 179-193. ISSN 1745-8927
Macpherson, Hannah (2009) The inter-corporeal emergence of landscape: negotiating sight, blindness and ideas of landscape in the British countryside Environment and Planning A, 41 (5). pp. 1042-1054. ISSN 0308-518X
Macpherson, Hannah (2008) Between landscape and blindness: some paintings of an artist with macular degeneration Cultural Geographies, 15 (2). pp. 261-269. ISSN 1474-4740
Macpherson, Hannah (2008) "I don't know why they call it the Lake District they might as well call it the rock district!" The workings of humour and laughter in research with members of visually impaired walking groups Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, 26 (6). pp. 1080-1095. ISSN 0263-7758
Macpherson, Hannah (2005) Landscape's ocular centrism - and beyond? In: Proceedings of the Frontis Workshop From Landscape Research to Landscape Planning: Aspects of Integration, Education and Application, Wageningen, The Netherlands, 1-6 June, 2004.
Macpherson, Hannah and Minca, C. (2005) 'The limits of landscape knowledge', cultural landscapes in the 21st century International Centre for Cultural for Culture and Heritage Studies, University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK.
Macpherson, Hannah (2004) Participation, practitioners and power: community participation in North-East community forests ODPM, working paper series.
Building resilience through community arts: A scoping study with disabled young people and young people facing mental health challenges AHRC Connected Communities Research Grant (PI) (£40,000), 2012.
“This book makes two key contributions to contemporary arts practice. Firstly, it sets out what one might expect to encounter today in the (under-represented) field of Inclusive Arts. This includes philosophical and ethical issues, practical needs in real situations, how to approach research through practice, as well as drawing out ideological and political frames inherent in such work….Secondly, it invites a wider debate beyond its specialist focus by offering ways of thinking that challenge hierarchies of knowledge and constructs of normativity…inviting us to think differently and from a perspective of difference in and about art and who it ‘belongs’ to…..The book makes visible the tensions and complexities involved in doing this work, the taboos and difficulties, but it also expresses the possibility of things being different through the practice itself; what Alice Fox and Hannah Macpherson describe as ‘creative exchange’, the inspiration that sits at the heart of their work. Inclusive Arts Practice and Research is an open and generous call for co-constructed hope based on the potential for creative exchange. When do we get started? “
Extract from the Foreword to Inclusive Arts Practice and Research. Anna Cutler, Director of Learning, Tate Modern, London.
Member of the Royal Geographical Society.
Emotion, Space and Society
Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers
Environment and Planning D