Professor Chrissie Harrington’s main expertise lies in the area of education, the arts and performance. Previously she was the Head of School of Arts and Humanities at University Campus Suffolk (UCS), preceded by sixteen years at Bath Spa University where she was Principal Lecturer, Senior Teaching Fellow of Bath Spa's Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, and Head of Department of Dance. In 2004, she was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship (NTF) by the Higher Education Academy and the Higher Education Funding Council for England and Wales. She started her HE career at West Sussex Institute of Higher Education.
Chrissie’s research practice includes investigating and evaluating (with students as co-researchers) approaches to teaching and learning, in and through performance. Her recent work, "Architecting the Body through Live Performance and Digital Media" (2004-7) was facilitated by a PALATINE Development Award (HEA, UK) and developed further through her NTF funded activity. Research explored the interface between the body and digital media through the construction, experience and reconstruction of place. Her current writing: "The Space Between – Scholarship, the Body and Performance", considers these inter-relationships through the lens of phenomenology, and explores issues of experience and embodiment, and concepts associated with ‘third’ space, vertical time, haptic, hypersurface and intermediality. Chrissie’s recent publications include: Practices of un-disciplining: notes on the interface of dance and moving image in performance (2013), and Choreographic Pedagogies: Towards an Embodied Practice (2013).
In her practice, Participatory Action Research enables a democratic and performative pedagogy, and the potential development of critical, reflective, engaged and empowered individuals, and societies. Chrissie has collaborated with colleagues from the disciplines of music, textiles, film, architecture, business and law, and has advised on and developed regional, national and international performance, arts and education programmes.
Other fascinations include: travelling, music, restoring buildings, sailing, furniture design and food.