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Dr Helen Manchester


Helen specialises in conducting participatory, co-produced research with community and voluntary organisations and cultural institutions. She is interested in learning futures,urban learning and digital cultures.

She is currently working on a variety of projects around the theme of urban/civic learning and smart technologies, including the REPLICATE project, funded by Horizon 2020.

Helen has led a variety of research projects including 2 AHRC funded research projects. 'Teenage Kicks' which explored young people's take on cultural value as part of the AHRC Cultural Value programme and Tangible memories: Community in Care funded by the AHRC Digital Transformations and Connected Communities Capital fund. This was an interdisciplinary project (working with computer scientists, artists and historians) exploring older peoples' material memories, storytelling and technology co-design in care home settings.

Helen has previously worked as a teacher in schools across Greater Manchester (1993 – 1999) and as a university lecturer and researcher Previous research projects have included: 'Youth Voice in the work of Creative Partnerships' (2007-2009); 'Creativity, Creative Partnerships and school ethos' (2009- 2011), and 'Mapping learning lives', funded by the BBC, a project exploring the potential for people to act as curators of their own learning lives.