Philippa Lyon's main research focus is on a range of drawing practices, including in art and design education and health contexts.
She has a particular interest in manual drawing that takes place within clinical settings, in the pedagogy of drawing in higher education, the uses of drawing within visual methodologies and approaches to arts/health research. She has a background in literary criticism and literature teaching.
Philippa Lyon works in the field of applied drawing and in the uses of drawing as a research method and she convenes the Drawing Research Interest Group (DRIG) at Brighton. Much of her drawing research project work has taken shape as part of her interest in arts/health research and research approaches.
Philippa began her career in university administration and management. Having studied a part time MA in Twentieth Century English Literature, she decided to pursue a career in research. Her PhD thesis, Anthologies of British Second World War Poetry: A Literary and Cultural Analysis was awarded in 2005. Commissioned by Palgrave Macmillan, she wrote the genre study Twentieth-Century War Poetry: A Reader’s Guide to Essential Criticism (published 2005).
Philippa has taught on continuing education courses at the University of Sussex and a range of undergraduate courses at the University of Brighton. A postdoctorate period of employment as a Research Officer for the National Physiotherapy Research Network, based in the University of Brighton’s Clinical Research Centre, led to a keen interest in arts/health research.
Following her appointment as Research Fellow in the University of Brighton’s College of Arts and Humanities, Philippa developed an interest in art and design education, firstly through a project to mark the 150th anniversary of the Brighton School of Art, which led to the co-edited book (with J. Woodham) From Arts to Manufactures: Art and Design at Brighton, 1859-2009. Following this, she embarked on ‘outsider’ research into both higher education and museum-based projects funded by the Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning Through Design (CETLD). This led to a journal article and a book: Design Education: Learning, Teaching and Researching Through Design, published by Gower. In 2011, Philippa project managed a major exhibition and symposium reappraising of the work of the designer, MacDonald Gill.
Since 2012, Philippa has focussed on drawing research, with interests in collaborative drawing as a cross-disciplinary educational tool, and in the role of drawing within health professional practice.
In applied drawing, she has two main strands of interest: the first is the potential impact of collaborative drawing approaches in cross-disciplinary higher education; and the second is why, how and with what impact manual drawing occurs in professional settings, such as medicine and surgery (Lyon, P. (2016). Visualising and communicating illness experiences:drawing, the doctor-patient relationship and arts-health research). In relation to methods, she is interested in the potential and the limitations of drawing, particularly participatory drawing, as a type of visual research method. Can textually-dominated qualitative research traditions acknowledge or accommodate drawing as a meaningful, generative activity capable of producing ‘legitimate’ data? What might the appropriate uses of this method be?
Dr Lyon also has research interests in craft and design education, and in the poetry and culture of the Second World War.
Lyon, Philippa, Letschka, Patrick, Ainsworth, Thomas and Haq, Inam (2016) Drawing pedagogies in higher education: the learning impact of a collaborative crossdisciplinary drawing course International Journal of Art & Design Education. ISSN 1476-8062
Lyon, Philippa (2013) Continuities and Disjunctions: Investigating British Poetry Anthologies of the Second World War Journal of War and Culture Studies, 6 (3). pp. 201-214.
Lyon, Philippa, Letschka, Patrick, Ainsworth, Tom and Haq, Inam (2013) An exploratory study of the potential learning benefits for medical students in collaborative drawing: creativity, reflection and ‘critical looking’ BMC Medical Education, 13 (1). ISSN 1472-6920
Lyon, Philippa (2011) Design Education: learning, teaching and researching through design Gower, Farnham. ISBN 9780566092459
Lyon, Philippa and Woodham, Jonathan (2009) Art and Design at Brighton 1859-2009: from Arts and Manufactures to the Creative and Cultural Industries University of Brighton, Brighton. ISBN 9781905593583
Lyon, Philippa (2009) Writing about design pedagogy and designing pedagogical writing Art, Design & Communication in Higher Education, 8 (2). pp. 151-156. ISSN 1474-273X