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Kerry Chappell

Dance Artist, Researcher


The opportunity to study for my PhD in dance education was one I hadn’t imagined existed when I was younger; I’ve been able to make the most of a challenging and creative academic experience to carve out my niche in a teaching and research career of which I’m both proud and passionate.

Kerry Chappell
Kerry Chappell


Dr Kerry Chappell completed her PhD in 2006. Since graduating, she has worked as an Open University and University of Exeter Research Fellow, freelance dance artist, arts education manager and martial arts practitioner (Aikido: Ni-Dan).  She is currently an Associate Professor in the Exeter University Graduate School of Education where she is theMA Education Creative Arts Programme Director and the leader of the Creativity and Emergent Educational-futures Network (CEEN).  Her research focuses on creativity in arts education and educational futures, alongside participatory research methodologies. Previous research has involved early years artists’ pedagogy; dance education creativity and partnership; supporting Wayne McGregor|Random Dance to develop a creative teaching resource; and researching with Siobhan Davies Dances Next Choreography Project. Kerry is also researching EU-funded arts interventions in science education (CREAT-IT/CREATIONS/SciCulture)  including producing a new science arts creative teaching resource.  Kerry still works as a dance-artist within Exeter-based Dance Lab Collective.