• 0 Citations
  • 0 h-Index
If you made any changes in Pure these will be visible here soon.

Personal profile

Vision Statement

My research inspiration is taken from my deep interest in what moves the body. I mean this from a practical perspective - the training principles of dancers, teaching dance techniques, somatic work - and a theoretical perspective considering embodiment and audiences experiences of dance. I am a keen advocate of working in the profession and bringing this experience into academia, crossing an invisible bridge, to better the student experience and develop the future dancers and leaders of our industry. Collaborating with other artists, institutions and academics is very important to me to gain further insight and new knowledge in the art form.


Karen is currently a dance practitioner/ researcher/ educator. She works for the University of Wolverhampton as a Dance Lecturer and at the Centre for Dance Research at Coventry University, as a Research Assistant on the Invisible Difference project. Karen is also working on artistic projects, supported by Arts Council England, collaborating with other art forms, such as neuroscience, fine art, lighting design and music were she creates and performs in dance pieces for traditional and non-traditional spaces. Her current project, the Stream Project, is a collaboration between dance, neuroscience and technology and has so far produced a series of works including a live performance, a dance film (shown at Lightmoves Festival of Screendance, Ireland) and an installation at FACT, Liverpool.

She has a keen interest in the inclusive training of young dancers and, in particular, how supplementary training helps to improve dancers' knowledge of their body and improve performance. She consults on the Centre for Advanced Training Programme at the Lowry Theatre, Salford and had regularly taught on and help set up the programme from its inception. She obtained her MSc in Dance Science at Trinity Laban, London in 2006 and completed her PhD, funded by an AHRC studentship, at the University of Manchester.

Area of Expertise:

Contemporary dance practice, choreography, dance film, dance science.

Education/Academic qualification

Doctorate, University of Manchester

1 Jul 200830 Jun 2012


External positions

External Examiner, University of Salford

Nov 2015Sep 2019

Fingerprint Fingerprint is based on mining the text of the person's scientific documents to create an index of weighted terms, which defines the key subjects of each individual researcher.

  • 8 Similar Profiles
dance Social Sciences
grant Social Sciences
disability Social Sciences
Law Social Sciences
spontaneity Social Sciences
Dance Arts & Humanities
Kinesthetic Arts & Humanities
Empathy Arts & Humanities

Network Recent external collaboration on country level. Dive into details by clicking on the dots.

Research Output 2012 2018

A new foundation: physical integrity, disabled dance and cultural heritage

Brown, A., Harmon, S., Marsh, K., Pavis, M., Waelde, C., Whatley, S. & Wood, K. 29 May 2018 Disability Dance and Law. Whatley, S., Waelde, C., Harmon, S., Brown, A., Wood, K. & Blades, H. (eds.). UK and USA: Intellect

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Dance, Disability and Law: InVisible Difference

Whatley, S. (ed.), Waelde, C. (ed.), Wood, K. (ed.), Blades, H. (ed.), Brown, A. (ed.) & Harmon, S. (ed.) 15 Jun 2018 Bristol: Intellect Press. 350 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBook

Motion Capturing Emotions

Cisneros, R. E. K., Whatley, S. & Wood, K. 2 Dec 2017 In : Open Cultural Studies. Volume 1, Issue 1, p. 504-513 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Visual Representation

Kinesthetic Empathy: Conditions for Viewing

Wood, K. 2016 The Oxford Handbook of Screendance Studies. Rosenberg, D. (ed.). Oxford: Oxford University Press, p. 245-262 8 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Review: Maya Deren: Incomplete Control

Wood, K. 2016 In : The International Journal of Screendance. 6, p. 210-212

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

Activities 2009 2017

  • 7 Participation in conference

Dance Fields

Wood, K. (Participant)
19 Apr 201722 Apr 2017

Activity: Participation in conference

Dance and Somatic Practices Conference 2017

Wood, K. (Speaker)
9 Jul 2017

Activity: Participation in conference

4th International Conference on Movement Computing

Wood, K. (Speaker)
201729 Jun 2017

Activity: Participation in conference

Dance and Somatic Practices Conference 2017

Whatley, S. (Speaker), Cisneros, R. E. K. (Speaker), Gibson, R. (Speaker), Wood, K. (Speaker)
7 Jul 20179 Jul 2017

Activity: Participation in conference


InVisible Difference: Dance, Disability and Law

Sarah Whatley (Recipient), Charlotte Waelde (Recipient), Karen Wood (Recipient), Shawn Harmon (Recipient) & Abbe Brown (Recipient), 2012

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)


Research Team of the Year

Sarah Whatley (Recipient), Charlotte Waelde (Recipient), Karen Wood (Recipient), Kate Marsh (Recipient) & Hetty Blades (Recipient), 2017

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

University research