Dr Michael Buser

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About me

I am Associate Professor of Collaborative Community Practice. My research is socially engaged and interdisciplinary. In the last several years, I have focused on issues of care, community, and resilience in the context of water.  This includes projects here in the UK as well as internationally.  I have a particular interest in the way human lives are mediated through relations with water, infrastructures of water, and broader politics of water. I am currently leading a project funded by the British Academy to study the impacts of climate change, glacial melt, and water security in rural parts of Ladakh.  I have another strand of research that draws on the arts and arts interventions to support the wellbeing of people who have experienced trauma due to conflict.

Area of expertise

My research is collaborative, cross-disciplinary and community-oriented. 

In 2012 I conducted a scoping study for the AHRC's Connected Communities programme on cultural activism. http://www.culturalactivism.org.uk/ 

In 2013 I led a Connected Communities project called 'Foodscapes' where we brought arts and performance into communication with two local food initiatives in Bristol. http://foodscapesbristol.wordpress.com/ 

I led the UWE SPUR project on affect and place meaning with a focus on the Bearpit (a public space in the centre of Bristol).  Here is an audio/visual collage of the work: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KS7DOwz5Od0&feature=youtu.be As part of the SPUR work, I led a workshop series on methods in postphenomenology.  Have a look at the webpage! http://postphenomenology.wordpress.com/

I recently took part of a project funded by the AHRC on 'hydro-citizenship' (2014-2017).  I looked at the role of maintenance workers and inspectors in urban water infrastructure systems.  Here is the website: http://www.hydrocitizenship.com and a short video of some of our work on infrastructure (with David Hopkinson) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y-s_WAJdrFo&feature=youtu.be   

I was co-investigator on Urban-ID (http://www.urban-id.co.uk). My involvement on the project centred on leading a case study on health and happiness amongst older people in the neighbourhood of Staple Hill. 

I was Principal Investigator for an AHRC-funded research network looking at relations of care in traditional water infrastructures in Rajasthan, India (2017-2018). The network explored how community-based arts can contribute to understandings and improvements in the welfare of those living in conditions of water scarcity. Here is the project website: https://rajasthanwater.weebly.com/.  We've published a paper in 'water alternatives' which can be found on their website  http://www.water-alternatives.org/index.php/alldoc/articles/vol13/v13issue3/594-a13-3-12

I was Principal Investigator for the British Academy Knowledge Frontiers project:  Community resilience in locales of coastal erosion: local knowledge, culture and practice in the Upper Gulf of Thailand (2018-2019). https://thailandwater.weebly.com  

I recently completed 'the Art of Healing' http://artofhealing.org.uk/, an AHRC-funded Urgency Pilot.  Our team in Kashmir explored the role of the arts and art-based therapy to support child wellbeing.

I am leading a project funded by the British Academy to study the impacts of climate change, glacial melt, and water security in rural parts of Ladakh.

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