Dr Peter Wright
PhD, MPsyc (Ed), MEd, BA, Dip Soc Sc, Dip Tch

Associate Professor

About me

I work in the areas of Arts Education and Qualitative Research Methods.

My work exists at the intersection of the Arts, Education, health and wellbeing.

I work across the Arts with a commitment to personal, social and cultural inquiry, agency, education and expression. Central to this work is an interest in social justice, social pedagogy, and social inclusion, and the way they are mediated in and through the Arts .

Teaching area

I currently teach into units in Arts Education, Qualitative Research Methods, Health and Wellbeing, Creativity and Innovation.

Research areas

I am an active researcher in the fields of Participatory Arts, Creativity and socially-engaged arts, Community Cultural Development, ArtsHealth, and teacher development in the Arts.

Each of these areas is linked by the way that Arts facilitates learning, expression and inquiry and how experience is mediated through making, connecting, and expressing.

I am currently the project leader on an Australian Research Council grant ” Young people and arts practice: impact, evaluation, and the third space. A better way forward”. This project focuses on the work of Big hART, Australia’s most awarded social impact of the arts company. This project links researchers across three Australian universities, the Centre for Medical Humanities Durham University, UK and Big hART themselves.

Current projects

Young people and arts practice: Impact, Evaluation, and the third space. A better way forward

Claims about the social impact of the arts on dislocated young people abound. This research helps better understand impacts on participants and communities by considering Australia’s foremost social impact of the arts company—Big hART. Of particular interest are conceptual and imaginative activities that occur in a ‘3rd space’ where creativity and learning combine to produce benefits. Big hART distinctively creates 3rd space for creativity, learning and identity formation addressing fragile communities. A better understanding of these practices will reveal effective processes used benefits that accrue, and the stock and flow of creative ideas tools and people in this complex dynamic system leading to markers of quality and evaluative tools.


Evaluating FIVE

FIVE is a two-year pilot project aimed at addressing mental health issues in regional communities across Western Australia through participatory arts. The project will take place in five settings: Paraburdoo, DerbyGeraldtonBusselton and Esperance



Doctoral and masters supervisions

Rebecca Loftus (PhD) “STEAM Education for Sustainable Development: A Theory/Practice Dialectic”

Kirsten Lambert (PhD) “More than princess girls and “grrr” heterosexual dudes: An exploration of space, text, performativity, gender and becoming in senior secondary drama classrooms”.

Sian Chapman (PhD) “Understanding, Interpreting and Enacting Arts Curriculum. The experiences of classroom teachers and Arts specialist teachers in Western Australian primary schools”.

Christina Gray (PhD) “Interplay: A study of pre-service drama teachers and the practicum – experiences, beliefs, expectations and managing”

Julie Collier  (PhD) “Participation in Arts Health and its Impact on the Social and Emotional Wellbeing for Mothers and Female Carers of Indigenous Infants and Preschool Aged Children”

Matthew Aris (MEdR) “The Shared Space: Staging a High School Musical in a Professional Venue”.

Elissa Wallis (MEdR) “Drama Pedagogy and Developing 21st C Skills”






  • Wright, P., (2017),Ways of Being, Belonging and Becoming: Arts Practice, the Relational and Cultural Learning,In: Ways of Being in Teaching: Conversations and Reflections, Sense Publishers, pages to 33.
  • Wright, P., Wakholi, P., (2017),Teachers as Cultural Translators: Beyond the Cultural Paradigm,In: Ways of Being in Teaching Conversations and Reflections, Sense Publishers, pages 71 to 86.
  • Wright, P., (2015),Arts Education in Informal Leaning Spaces: Making and Remaking Lives,In: International Yearbook for Research in Arts Education The Wisdom of the Many - Key Issues in Arts Education, Waxmann Verlag GmbH, pages 357 to 362.
  • Wright, P., (2012),Performing 'Hope': Authentic Story, Change and Transformation in Teacher Education,In: Critical Voices in Teacher Education: Teaching for Social Justice in Conservative Times, Springer, pages 211 to 221.
  • Wright, P., Rasmussen, B., (2012),A theater office as an educational space: as a reality imagined and expressed and conceived,In: PEDAGOGIA DA ARTE: ENTRE-LUGARES DA ESCOLA, Editora UFRGS, pages 205 to 225.
  • Wright, P., (2011),Agency, Intersubjectivity and Drama Education: The Power to Be and Do more,In: Key Concepts in Theatre/Drama Education, Sense Publishers, pages 111 to 117.
  • Wright, P., (2009),Teaching in Arts Education,In: International Handbook of Research on Teachers and Teaching, Springer, pages 1029 to 1040.
  • Harris, J., Hays, T., Kottler, J., Minichiello, V., Olohan, I., Wright, P., (2005),Vehicles to promote positive ageing: Natural therapies, counselling, music and the creative arts,In: Contemporary issues in gerontology: Promoting positive ageing, Allen & Unwin, pages 215 to 240.
  • Wright, P., (2003),"The Braided Rope": Theatre and Young People's Theatre, Education or in Between?,In: Special Interest Fields of Drama, Theatre and Education, Jyvaskyla University Press, pages 46 to 53.
  • Wright, P., (2002),Playing 'betwixt' and 'between' learning and healing: Playback Theatre for a troubled world.,In: Playing Betwixt and Between: The IDEA Dialogues 2001, Grafisk Trykk AS & IDEA Publications, pages 140 to 149.
  • Wright, P., Rasmussen, B., (2001),Children and drama: Knowing differently,In: Childrens Ways of Knowing: Learning Through Experience, ACER, pages 213 to 232.


  • Gray, C., Pascoe, R., Wright, P., (2018), I Felt That I Could Be Whatever I Wanted: Pre-Service Drama Teachers Prior Experiences and Beliefs about Teaching Drama, International Journal of Education & the Arts, 19, 10, pages online -.
  • Chapman, S., Wright, P., Pascoe, R., (2018), Arts curriculum implementation: "Adopt andadapt" as policy translation, Arts Education Policy Review, 119, 1, pages 12 - 24.
  • Lambert, K., Wright, P., Currie, J., Pascoe, R., (2017), More Than Sluts Or "Prissy Girls": Gender and Becoming in Senior Secondary Drama Classrooms, International Journal of Education & the Arts, 18, 18, pages -.
  • Gray, C., Wright, P., Pascoe, R., (2017), There's a lot to learn about being a drama teacher: Pre-service drama teachers' experience of stress and vulnerability during an extended practicum, Teaching and Teacher Education, , 67, pages 270 - 277.
  • Chapman, S., Wright, P., Pascoe, R., (2017), Content without context is noise: Looking for curriculum harmony in primary arts education in Western Australia, International Journal of Education & the Arts, 19, 2, pages 1 - 26.
  • Gray, C., Wright, P., Pascoe, R., (2017), Raising the Curtain: Investigating the Practicum Experiences of Pre-service Drama Teachers, Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 42, 1, pages 36 - 53.
  • Chapman, S., Wright, P., Pascoe, R., (2016), Arts curriculum implementation: Adopt and adapt as policy translation, Arts Education Policy Review, , published online, pages -.
  • Lambert, K., Wright, P., Currie, J., Pascoe, R., (2016), Performativity and creativity in senior secondary drama classrooms, NJ: The Journal of Drama Australia, , , pages -.
  • Whitsed, C., Wright, P., (2016), A bricolage exploration in genkan space: tengu and adjunct TEFL in the Japanese university context, International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, 29, 4, pages 594 - 615.
  • Lambert, K., Wright, P., Currie, J., Pascoe, R., (2016), Embodiment and Becoming in Secondary Drama Classrooms: The Effects of Neoliberal Education Cultures on Performances of Text and Self, Critical Studies in Education, , http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17508487.2016.1238402, pages -.
  • Davies, C., Pescud, M., Anwar-McHenry, J., Wright, P., (2016), Arts, public health and the National Arts and Health Framework: a lexicon for health professionals, Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, , , pages -.
  • Lambert, K., Wright, P., Currie, J., Pascoe, R., (2015), Desiring machines and nomad spaces: neoliberalism, performativity and becoming in senior secondary drama classrooms, Discourse (Abingdon): studies in the cultural politics of education, , , pages -.
  • Wright, P., (2015), Poetics, Power, Possibilities, and Playfulness: Zombies, Performance, and Making Meaning in Young People's Lives, Arts Education Policy Review, 116, , pages 137 - 146.
  • Lambert, K., Wright, P., Currie, J., Pascoe, R., (2015), Data-Driven Performativity: Neoliberalism's Impact on Drama Education in Western Australian Secondary Schools, Review of Education - Pedagogy - Cultural Studies, 37, 5, pages 460 - 475.
  • Wright, P., Wakholi, P., (2015), Festival as methodology: the African cultural youth arts festival, Qualitative Research Journal, 15, 2, pages 213 - 227.
  • Wright, P., Pascoe, R., (2015), Eudaimonia and creativity: the art of human flourishing, Cambridge Journal of Education, 45, 3, pages 295 - 306.
  • Davies, C., Knuiman, M., Wright, P., Rosenberg, M., (2014), The art of being healthy: A qualitative study to develop a thematic framework for understanding the relationship between health and the arts, BMJ Open, 4, 4, pages 0 - 0.
  • Whitsed, C., Wright, P., (2013), English language learning in the Japanese higher education sector: towards internationalisation, Intercultural Education, 24, 3, pages 222 - 236.
  • Wright, P., (2013), Playback Theatre: Learning and enquiry through applied theatre, Journal of Arts and Communities, 5, 1, pages 7 - 23.
  • Wright, P., Davies, C., Haseman, B., Down, B., White, M., Rankin, S., (2013), Arts practice and disconnected youth in Australia: Impact and domains of change, Arts & Health: an international journal for research, policy and practice, 5, 3, pages 190 - 203.
  • Wakholi, P., Wright, P., (2012), Negotiating cultural identity through the arts: Fitting in, third space and cultural memory, Journal of Arts and Communities, 3, 1, pages 89 - 104.
  • Whitsed, C., Wright, P., (2011), Perspectives from within: Adjunct, foreign, English-language teachers in the internationalization of Japanese universities, Journal of Research in International Education, 10, 1, pages 28 - 45.
  • MacCallum, J., Palmer, D., Wright, P., Cumming-Potvin, W., Brooker, M., Tero, C., (2010), Australian Perspectives: Community Building Through Intergenerational Exchange Programs, Journal of Intergenerational Relationships, 8, 2, pages 113 - 127.
  • Wright, P., Palmer, D., (2009), Big hART at John Northcott Estate: Community, Health and the Arts, UNESCO Observatory, Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning, The University of Melbourne Refereed E-Journal,Multi-Disciplinary Research in the Arts, 1, 4, pages -.
  • Dinham, J., Grushka, K., MacCallum, J., Pascoe, R., Wright, P., Brown, N., (2007), Visual Education - Repositioning Visual Arts and Design: Education for Expression and Participation in an Increasingly Visually-Mediated World, The International Journal of Learning, 14, 6, pages 77 - 85.
  • Wright, P., (2006), Drama education and development of self: Myth or reality?, Social Psychology of Education: an international journal, 9, 1, pages 43 - 65.
  • Wright, P., Gerber, R., (2004), Competency in Australian Drama Teachers: Mapping the Terrain, NJ: The Journal of Drama Australia, 28, , pages 55 - 67.
  • Wright, P., Pascoe, R., (2004), Nurturing generational change in arts education: A West Australian experience, Change. Transformations in Education, 7, , pages 105 - 119.
  • Wright, P., (2003), Nordic Voices in Drama, Theatre and Education, NJ: The Journal of Drama Australia, 12, 27, pages 114 - 115.
  • Rasmussen, B., Wright, P., (2001), The Theatre Workshop as Educational Space: How Imagined Reality is Voiced and Conceived, International Journal of Education & the Arts, 2, 2, pages 0 - 0.
  • Hays, T., Minichiello, V., Wright, P., (2000), Mentorship: The Meaning of the Relationship for Musicians, Research Studies in Music Education, 1, 15, pages 6 - 17.
  • Wright, P., (1999), The thought of doing drama scares me to death, Research in Drama Education, 4, 2, pages 227 - 237.
  • Wright, P., (1999), Research in Drama Education, Research in Drama Education, 4, 2, pages 227 - 337.


  • Herrington, J., McKenzie, S., Pascoe, R., Woods-McConney, A., MacCallum, J., Wright, P., (2010),A whole-school approach to technological literacy: Mobile learning and the iPhone,In: Global Learn Asia Pacific (Global Learn) (2010).
  • MacCallum, J., Grushka, K., Pascoe, R., Wright, P., Dinham, J., (2007),Creating Potential for Learning Through the Visual,In: 11th European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction (EARLI) Biennial Conference (2005).
  • Grushka, K., MacCallum, J., Dinham, J., Pascoe, R., Wright, P., (2007),Re-designing education in the visual: Re-positioning visual arts education for an increasingly visual world,In: Redesigning Pedagogy Conference (2007).
  • Pascoe, R., Wright, P., MacCallum, J., Dinham, J., Grushka, K., (2007),Visual Education as an emergent methodology: boon or bane?,In: 3rd Dialogues and Differences in Arts Education Conference (2007).
  • MacCallum, J., Wright, P., Cumming-Potvin, W., (2007),Caravans and Cyberspace: Community Through Intergenerational Exchange,In: 15th Biennial Conference of the Australasian Human Development Association (AHDA) (2007).
  • Dinham, J., Wright, P., Pascoe, R., MacCallum, J., Grushka, K., (2007),Proving or Improving Visual Education: Implications for Teacher Education,In: Association for Active Educational Researchers (AARE) International Educational Research Conference (2007).
  • Wright, P., Pascoe, R., (2007),Applied Aesthetic Understanding: How arts teacher education experience in one Australian University is felt, described and understood,In: 6th World Congress for International Drama/Theatre and Education Association (IDEA) (2007).
  • Wright, P., Pascoe, R., (2006),Reporting on two national Arts Education Reviews,In: National Education and the Arts (ARTS) Symposium (2005).
  • Dinham, J., Wright, P., Pascoe, R., (2006),Reviewing Australian arts education to meet emerging needs,In: 1st World Conference on Arts Education (2006).
  • Dinham, J., Wright, P., (2006),Partnering with community to develop student-teachers' understanding of art's cultural connections,In: International Society for Education Through Art (InSEA) International Congress (2006).
  • Wright, P., (2006),Playback Theatre, industrial city and community building: "You learn that your opinion isn't the only one".,In: Drama Australia Conference (2006).
  • Wright, P., Pascoe, R., (2005),Nurturing Arts Literate Teachers,In: 3rd Winter Conference on Arts Education (2005).
  • MacCallum, J., Palmer, D., Northcote, J., Wright, P., Cumming-Potvin, W., Tero, C., (2005),Turning Talking Into Walking: Practical Ideas for Intergenerational Action,In: Active 2005 Conference.
  • Wright, P., Pascoe, R., (2005),Arts Literate Teachers Emerging: (Re)Cognising Pre-service Arts Education,In: National Education and the Arts (ARTS) Symposium (2005).
  • Wright, P., Pascoe, R., (2004),Nurturing generational change in arts education or toiling, tiling, fertilising, pruning and gardening in the Elysian Fields.,In: Dialogues and Differences in Arts Education Symposium (2004).