Katey is a PhD candidate and the recipient of an AHRC Creative Economy Studentship led by The University of Edinburgh in partnership with Queen Margaret University, and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society. Her research focuses on the production of 'community' at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, for example examining the type of communities that are formed and sustained, their ontological nature, the manner in which they are made, and the interrelationships between them.
Previously Katey received an MSc in Performance Science from the Royal College of Music (with Distinction), supported by an Elmley Foundation Small Grant Award, and a BA in Philosophy and Biblical Studies from the University of Sheffield. Katey is interested in exploring the connections between philosophy and creativity, as explored in her MSc dissertation where she conducted a phenomenological study looking at the experience of singing for prostate cancer patients.
Katey has a wealth of empirical research experience having coordinated a major study at the Centre for Performance Science in London (a partnership of the Royal College of Music and Imperial College, London) led by Dr Daisy Fancourt exploring the benefits of singing for those affected by cancer. In her role, she managed large-scale recruitment and collation of quantitative and qualitative data, and worked across public health, community and arts settings.
In addition, Katey has supported arts-in-health research projects at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital where she managed a programme of over 700 performing arts events per year to achieve clinical outcomes for patients and relatives. She also continues to work in the field of arts-in-health as Coordinator for the Arts Health Early Career Research Network, bringing together early career researchers working on projects that lie at the intersection of the arts, humanities, health and medicine.
As well as research experience, Katey has over 10 years of arts industry work experience spanning arts-in-health, arts education, professional theatre, community arts and music contexts. She has worked with many organisations in project management and coordination roles, including with Regent's Park Open Air Theatre, the Finborough Theatre, Rambert Dance Company, Chickenshed Theatre Company, Akademi South Asian Dance and Opera Holland Park, in addition to producing two productions at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
Conferences and publications (selection)
Fancourt, D., & Warran, K. (in preparation). Singing for Cancer: Implications from Psychoneuroimmunology. In Routledge Companion to Interdisciplinary Research in Singing: Volume III Well-being. Routledge.
Heydon, R., Fancourt, D., & Cohen, A. (Eds.). (in preparation). Routledge Companion to Interdisciplinary Research in Singing: Volume III Well-being. Routledge. (assisting with the editing of this volume.)
30 Aug – Sept 2017, An exploration of the process of group singing for male cancer patients: A phenomenological study. International Symposium on Performance Science, Reykjavik Iceland (poster presentation)
28 June 2017, Singing for cancer: results from psychological, biological and phenomenological studies. Association for Medical Humanities Annual Conference 2017, Keele UK (spoken presentation)