PhD: drawing a line

2017-2020

About the project

AHRC funded doctoral research, northumbria university, newcastle, 2017 – 2020

Howard Zehr considers ‘the intersection between justice and the arts … to be one of the most promising frontiers in the restorative justice field.’

(Howard Zehr, The Art of Justice; a reply to Brunilda Pali, 2014)

In April 2017, I was awarded Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funding to commence a PhD within the Northumbria-Sunderland Centre for Doctoral Training, Northumbria University.  My doctoral research crosses between design and restorative justice and is broadly about the role of co-creation, making and gifting within restorative justice processes.  More specifically, it is about the connections and convergences that may be experienced by restorative justice participants and whether or not a specially created hand made object can contribute to any sense of solidarity between them, in the aftermath of crime, harm and conflict.