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About Emma Arya-Manesh

I am a mixed-methods researcher with over 10-years of experience conducting evaluations and undertaking research across a diverse range of settings including art galleries, cultural and arts-based organisations, children’s centres, youth groups, universities, and schools. I also administrate the International Journal of Art & Design Education (iJADE).

I have published on creative arts practices in teaching, pedagogy, and learning. My most recent research has focused on doctoral students encounters with creative practices in education. I am currently a PhD candidate, exploring the perceptions and values of teacher educators in relation to critical peacebuilding in the West Bank, Palestine. I am also working on a project to explore the lived experiences of Palestinian women living in the West Bank.


Co-investigator, Arts-based evaluation of Terriers as a crime prevention intervention. Royal Court, 2019-2021

Co-investigator, ‘Beyond Text’. Erasmus+ 2015 Key Action 2 (KA2), Strategic Partnerships. The project is in co-operation with ten European and Palestinian partner organisations, 2016-2019.

Research Assistant, ‘The Pedagogical turn to art as research: A comparative international study of art education’ with Concordia University Montreal (home institution); University of British Columbia, Vancouver; University of Lapland, Finland, and the University of Granada, Spain. Partnership Development Grant, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) funded, 2015–2019.

Co-Investigator, ‘Arts-Based Evaluation’, evaluating the impact of learning programmes for young people, Storyhouse Arts Centre, Chester, 2017-19.

Co-Investigator, ‘Creative Pedagogies in Palestinian (West Bank) and English (North West) schools, British Academy Award. A comparative study in collaboration with Bethlehem University, 2012–2016.

Published Work

Articles in refereed journals

Adams, J., Al Yamani, H., Arya-Manesh, E, Mizel, O., Owens, A. & Qurie, D. (2020) ‘Creative Pedagogies in Teacher Education: West Bank, Palestine and North West England’, Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education; DOI: 10.1080/01596306.2019.1708706.

Chapters in books/edited works

Adams, J. & Arya-Manesh, E. (2021, forthcoming) ‘Arts Based practices in Doctoral Education Research’. In Jeff Adams and Allan Owens (Eds.) Beyond Text: Education Research Through Creative Practices. Bristol: Intellect, pp. n–n.

Adams, J. & Arya-Manesh, E. (2019) ‘Transformative Interventions: Creative Practices in an Education Doctorate Programme’. In Sinner, A., Irwin, R. & Adams, J. (Eds.) Provoking the Field: International Perspectives on Visual Arts PhDs in Education. Bristol: Intellect, pp. 48-58.

Research reports

Adams, J., Arya-Manesh, E., Owens, A., & Poole, S. (2019) Evaluation of the Young Leaders Programme at Storyhouse, Chester.

Moran, P., Atherton, F. and Arya-Manesh, E. (2017). Youth services, mental health and well-being: Asset mapping in five local authorities in the NW of England (Cheshire East, Cheshire West, Wirral, Warrington and Halton).

Arya-Manesh, E., Simcock, T., McKay, J. and Sampson, L. (2015) HENRY Approach Across Wirra Evaluation of the HENRY Approach Across Wirral: from parents to HENRY facilitators.

Atherton, F., Connolly, P., Godding, E., Hulme, R. and O’Hare. (2014). An Efficacy Test of an Adapted Version of Booktime.


MA Research Methodologies in Globalisation and Development, Liverpool University, 2010.

BA (Hons) Social and Human Geography, Liverpool John Moores University, 2007.

Diploma (CertHE), Clinical Optics, East Anglia Polytechnic University, 2004