Molly Mullen

Senior Lecturer
Te Kura Akoranga me Te Tauwhiro Tangata : Faculty of Education and Social Work
University of Auckland
Aotearoa New Zealand


PhD in Education, University of Auckland
Masters in Applied Theatre, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama
BA (Hons) Drama and Theatre Arts, Goldsmiths College, University of London

Research Interests

My research focuses on the economies of applied theatre and community-based arts practice, encompassing the multiple ways in which projects and organisations are resourced and managed. Much of my research uses ethnographic and arts-based methods to explore the ways social committed artists negotiate tensions arising from their policy and funding contexts, particularly where economic demands challenge their political, pedagogic aesthetic, ethical values. I am increasingly looking at the ways arts organisations create or adapt ways to resource their work that are just and ethical. I am interested in bringing new theoretical perspectives to these issues and my long-term aim is to inform positive changes to the ways in which socially-committed arts practice is supported and resourced.