Anne Douglas – Summary Curriculum Vitae

Current/recent roles 

2017: Professor Emeritus, Robert Gordon University
2013-2018: Research Associate EU funded Knowing from Inside (PI Prof Tim Ingold)
2007-2016: Chair of Art in Public Life, Grays School of Art, RGU 

Academic and Professional Qualifications 

1992: PhD Structure and Improvisation the Making Aspect of Sculpture, University of Sunderland  
1976: BA (Hons) Sculpture CNAA Camberwell School of Art  (First Class with distinction in History of Art)
1971: BA (Hons) Anthropology Durham University (2.2) 

Academic and Professional Affiliations and Esteem 

2018 (ongoing): Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts

2015-16: Strategic Review Panel, Arts and Humanities Research Council

2015-16: Executive Member, Scottish Graduate School Arts and Humanities

2014: Macgeorge Fellow and Honorary professor, University of Melbourne

2013-18: Research Associate, Knowing from the Inside European Research Council Advanced Grant, PI Professor Tim Ingold, University of Aberdeen2014-present: Carnegie Trust for Scotland assessor

2012-present: Board of Directors, The Barn Arts, Aberdeenshire

2011 &2020: Reviewer for Austrian Science Fund (equivalent to Research Councils)

2009 -2016: Peer Review College AHRC including Chair of various Awards Panels 2015, 2014, 2013, Challenge Panel member Communities, Cultures, Environments and Sustainability Connected Communities programme (2012-13), Fellowships panel (2011), PG Competition + Collaborative Doctoral award

2009-10: Convenor of Designing Environments for Life, Scottish Institute of Advanced Studies (PI Prof Tim Ingold)

2008-2012: Senior Research Fellow -2011, thereafter Associate Senior Research Fellow to Orpheus Institute of Advanced Studies in Music Research (ORCiM), Ghent 

2008 – 9: Commissioning Panel member for New Dynamics of Ageing ESRC 

2007-2013: Anthropology, Archaeology, Art and Architecture network (co-ordinated Prof Tim Ingold, Aberdeen University) 

External Funding (2001-present)  

2017: Newton Fund to lead Design Workshop with Professor Drs Alpay and Oslem Er, Ozegin University, Istanbul and Dundee University on Food Sustainability 38k 

2015-6: Cultural Leadership and the Place of the Artist, AHRC funded, 100k 

2016: Cohort Development funding Scottish Graduate School 2.3k 

2015: Scottish Graduate School Applied Research Studentship (27+k)  

2013-14: Artist Researcher in Co-producing legacy: What is the role of artists within Connected Communities projects? AHRC Connected Communities led by Dr Kate Pahl, University of Sheffield 

2012-13: CoI Time of the Clock, Time of Encounter AHRC Connected Communities Pilot Demonstrator Project (Overall budget 99K, RGU 30K) 

2011-14: AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award, Connected Communities £52k  

2010: Carnegie Scotland Travel award to Orpheus Institute, Ghent £1,700 

2008: The Artist as Leader Lab consultancy 6.5k 

2006-7: Working in Public Seminars with Suzanne Lacy, SAC grant 40k 

2006: AHRC Networking Grant (Creativity) 21.1k
Artist as Leader Lab 6k – Henry Moore Fellowship to support the artist, Suzanne Lacy 12k
Royal Aberdeen Children’s Hospital (RACH) Evaluation (2006-9) £10,000 

2005: AHRC Dissemination Grant 4.7k 

2000-4: AHRB Research Grant, 307k for On the Edge +35k from Scottish Arts Council Lottery Access and Participation Scheme and Shell Expro Social Inclusion Fund.  

Previous Research Role and Teaching Experience 

2006-7: Reader in Art and Public Pedagogy, Director of On the Edge research, Gray’s School of Art, The Robert Gordon University including Artist as Leader 2006-8 and Working in Public 2006-8 

1998-2006: Senior Research Fellow, Gray’s School of Art, The Robert Gordon University 

1994-8: Research Fellow, Gray’s School of Art, with responsibility for developing post doc/doctoral practice led research, team member of Masters in Research course development, teaching at Masters level and supervising Doctoral level  

1992-4: Self employed artist, Stakeford Bridge Per Cent for Art Commission, Northumberland County Council 

1988- 1992: Research Assistant, Sunderland University, developing practice -led doctoral research in fine art 

1982-84: Part-time Lecturer UG Bath Academy of Art in Sculpture/ Drawing 

1978- 1982: Lecturer UG and PG in Sculpture, University of Newcastle upon Tyne 

1978-87: Visiting lecturer UG and PG at a number of UK Art & Design institutions, including London Institute, Universities of Humberside, Wolverhampton, Newcastle, Sunderland, Edinburgh College of Art, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art Dundee 

PhD Completions (2003 – 2019): 16 successful completions, 12 as principal supervisor. 

MPhil: 2; MRes 1 (2011-2013) 


2020: Co-convenor Becoming Earthly Seminar Series. The Barn, Banchory, Scotland.

2018: With Mark Hope at the Barn, Banchory The Deep Wealth of this Nation, Scotland, Newton Harrison and Centre for the Study of the Force Majeure, UC California.  

2012: with Kathleen Coessens Sounding Drawing exhibition, concert workshops, Woodend Barn, Banchory to launch sound 2012 international festival of contemporary music, Case study in Time of the Clock, Time of Encounter AHRC Pilot Demonstrator 2011 with Kathleen Coessens & Reiko Goto-Collins Calendar Variations exhibition, Woodend Barn, Banchory, Scotland 1st – 27th April 2011  

2006-7: with Suzanne Lacy and Reiko Goto-Collins Working in Public Seminar Programme (Aberdeen, Glasgow, Inverness and Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh) 

Keynotes (present – 2014): University of the Arts, Lisbon 2020; University of the Arts, Zurich 2018; Istanbul 2017; Polytechnic University of Valencia 2016; University of Cumbria NAFAE 2016; Crossing Borders Keynote lecture, Orpheus Institute of Research in Music, Gent February 2016 (Repeated November 2016); University of Melbourne 2014 and Footscray Art Centre, Melbourne to launch Melbourne’s Live Art Festival 2014. 

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS 2015-2020 Professor Anne Douglas  


Douglas A. & Fremantle,C. 2021 Calendar Variations. In eds Rahmani, A., Rosenthal, A.T., Geffen, A. and Fremantle, C. Ecoart in Action: Activities, Case Studies, and Theoretical Provocations for Classrooms and Communities. San Francisco: New Village Press 

Douglas, A. 2021. Dada and the Absurd: pedagogies of survival by artists. In ed Ingold, T. Knowing from Inside: Cross-disciplinary experiments in matters of knowing. London: Bloomsbury


Douglas, A. & Hope, M., 2020.Art in Co-relationship with Nature. In eds Newling, J. and Casciani, J. Ecology Works John Newling. Nottingham: Beam Editions  

Fremantle, C., Douglas.A. & Pritchard, D., 2020.The Time of Art with Policy: the practice of Helen Mayer Harrison and Newton Harrison alongside global environmental policy since the 1970s. In ed Cartiere, C Routledge Companion to Art in the Public Realm. London: Routledge 

Fremantle, C., Douglas.A. & Pritchard, D.2020. A Timeline juxtaposing Policy, Science and Art Practice (1960s to the present). In ed Cartiere, C Routledge Companion to Art in the Public Realm. London: Routledge 

Douglas, A., 2020. “…the eye of the stranger”: a practice led research perspective on the embedded artist. In Embedded Artists University of the Art, Zurich 

Douglas, A., 2019. DrawingIdeasSociety in TRACEY: Drawing||Phenomenology: tracing lived experience through drawing. Available at:  

Douglas, A., 2018. ‘Redistributing Power?: A Poetics of Participation in Contemporary Arts’. In eds Facer, K. and Dunleavy, K. Connected Communities Foundation Series. Bristol: University of Bristol/AHRC Connected Communities Programme  

Douglas, A., 2018. Venturing out on the thread of a tune’: the Artist as Improviser in Public Life. In ed Oliver, J Creative Practice and the Art of Association, trajectories of practice as research. Melbourne: University of Melbourne Press, pp 63-82.  

Douglas, A. and Coessens, K. 2017. Improvisation and Experimentation in Everyday Life and Beyond.In ed. Kathleen Coessens Experimental Encounters beyond Music. Leuven: University of Leuven Press, pp 159-176. 

Douglas, A. and C. Fremantle, 2016. What poetry does best: the Harrisons’ poetics of being and acting in the world. In eds Harrison, H.M and Harrison, N. The Time of the Force Majeure Helen Mayer Harrison and Newton Harrison. New York:Prestel pp 455-46.  

Douglas, A. and C. Fremantle. 2016. Inconsistency and Contradiction: Lessons in Improvisation in the work of Helen Mayer Harrison and Newton Harrison. In Elemental: an Arts and Ecology Reader. Manchester: The Gaia Project, 2016, pp 153-181. 

Douglas, A., 2016. “Context is half the work”: developing doctoral research through arts practice in culture. In eds Cartiere, C. and Zebracki, M. in The Everyday Practice of Public Art: Art, Space and Social Inclusion. London: Routledge pp 141-157 

Douglas, A. and C. Fremantle., 2016. Anne Douglas and Chris Fremantle trace the layers of human settlements in the hills of Aberdeenshire in Landscape beyond the Benign in Tate etc Spring 2016, pp 94 

Douglas, A and M. Hope. 2015., Making Maps and Exploring Territory in The Last Islands pp 59-63 Banchory: Woodend Publishing. pp55-59. 

Douglas, A. & M. Gulari. 2015 Understanding experimentation as improvisation in arts research. Qualitative Research Journal, Vol. 15 Iss 4 pp. 392 – 403:  Permanent link to this document: 

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