Lesley Mickel


  • United Kingdom

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I am programme lead for drama courses, lecturer in literature, and research enhancement lead for creative arts and literature at the University of the Highlands and Islands, Inverness. I co-convene the UHI Humanities and Arts Research Cluster, sit on the Creative Industries Knowledge Exchange Group and co-chair the postgraduate applications panel for Arts and Humanities.

My doctoral thesis  explored Ben Jonson's antimasques, and I have taught literature and drama at the Universities of Strathclyde, Southampton, Northumbria and Glasgow before coming to Inverness. I have published widely on the topic of early modern court festivals and theatre, and currently  investigating theatrical representations of Scots at home and abroad for a monograph - the proposal for which has been accepted by the Oxford University Press, Early Modern Literary Geographies series.

A more recent development in my research activity is an ongoing project exploring the applications of drama in clinical contexts, with an emphasis on palliative care and deroling strategies for professionals. This project has cross sector and international reach, and involves creative practice research, live and digital performances, and an emerging interdisciplinary network.

As a research facilitator at the School of Arts in Inverness I am in the early stage of developing 'Creativity in the Classroom' - a knowledge exchange project focussing on creative pedagogies.

I am Director of Studies and supervisor for MRes and PhD students working across literature, sustainability, history and creative practice.

I have membership of the Society for Renaissance Studies, The Theatre and Performance Research Association and The International Federation of Theatre Reasearch. 

In 2020 I became a Senior Fellow of Advance HE and a fellow of The Royal Society of Arts.


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being


  • PR English literature
  • Renaissance
  • early modern
  • material culture
  • masque
  • theatre


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