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The was formed in 2009 when a small group of academics from Liverpool John Moores University, University of Hull, University of Bristol and Leeds Beckett University formed a Network for Performative Research in Sport & Physical Activity. Unsurprisingly, given their creative interests, skills and backgrounds, the network soon moved beyond performative methodologies and the fields of sport and physical activity.

Each year the network support a variety of learning environments including workshops, seminars and conferences using this site to publicise and manage events.

The steering group for the 2018 British Autoethnography Conference includes the following

Melissa Dunlop

Melissa Dunlop

Melissa Dunlop is a humanistic and integrative psychotherapist in private practice and a doctoral researcher at University of Edinburgh. Her research explores 21st Century fiction as a means of accessing interactions between contemporary social phenomena and personal identity, most especially in relational terms, and considers the place of therapeutic work within this context.


Kandis Douglas

IMG_7384Kandis is an experienced computer practitioner, with over 25 years of experience in the industry. Her focus is on software, database and web service development and management. A particular area of interest and expertise is that of relational database technologies where she has both development and support experience of MS SQL Server 6.5, 7, 2000, 2003 and 2008 including technologies such as T-SQL, replication, XML services, DTS/SSIS and SSRS.

During her time as IT Manager at BioScientifica Ltd, Kandis was responsible for services such as conference management systems, abstract submission systems and membership record systems. She worked on projects for The Society for Endocrinology, The British Society for Paediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes, The European Society for Paediatric Endocrinology, The European Society of Endocrinology, The Pituitary Society and The British Fertility Society, it is a culmination of these skills and expertise that Kandis brings to the “behind the scenes” conference management.

If all of the above is not enough…Kandis is also studying for a degree in theology, and is single working mother who enjoys the challenges of her profession, particularly the innovative and creative thinking needed to make effective use of technology to improve systems and processes. Alongside these roles she volunteers as a Duty Manager at a woman’s homeless shelter in Bristol proactively advocating for the needs of individual’s  who are disadvantaged and disempowered within our culture.

DC 3David Carless

My professional background spans the performing arts, education and psychology – all of which inform the interdisciplinary social research I am immersed in as a professor of narrative psychology at Leeds Beckett University. Arts-based and performative collaborations with Kitrina Douglas incorporate songwriting, storytelling, filmmaking and live performance to create social research that is meaningful, relevant and accessible beyond academia In the public realm, our research is available as a series of live performances, audio CD’s and films (see Within academia we have published our work as journal articles, books and book chapters as well as performing and presenting at conferences around the world.

Andrew Gillott

AG headshot 2018Andrew works in high-performance sport in the UK and elsewhere, supporting coaches and sport science practitioners in their developmental journey. He is a doctoral researcher in the Carnegie School of Sport, Leeds Beckett University.



Alys Mendus

Alys Mendus photoHello my name is Alys Mendus and I have just completed a PhD in Education on a scholarship in Freedom to Learn from the University of Hull. The title of my thesis was “A Rhizomatic Edge-ucation: Searching for the Ideal School through School Tourism and performative Autoethnographic-we.” My post qualitative work is influenced by feminist new materialism, arts based research, posthumanism and Autoethnography. I enjoy collaborative inquiry and continue to question and play with the norms of society. My partner and I lived in an old builders van throughout my studies and now have upgraded to a bigger van with a woodburner and look forward to our next adventure.


ProfilePhotoJane Reece

Jane’s research interests focus on ‘writing differently’ in academic writing, using fictional and poetic approaches and in the use of narrative methodologies including autoethnography, ethnography, material cultures and emotional geographies in exploring identities.

These interests have developed out of her doctorate in Narrative Inquiry (University of Bristol) an exploration of narrative inquiry methodologies as a detective fiction and MA in Creative Writing and Personal Development (University of Sussex) an autoethnographic account of post-independent Zimbabwe

She is an academic supervisor for MSc Creative Writing for Therapeutic Purposes (Metanoia/University of Middlesex) and facilitates workshops and seminars in institutions throughout Europe.

Kitrina Douglas