PhD Courses in Denmark

Arts based research E21

Graduate School, Arts at Aarhus University


Arts-based research is an approach to research in which the researcher uses artistic processes and forms of expressions to investigate a social phenomena. This includes all forms of artistic work and can be Integrated into all parts of the research process. By taking an aesthetic approach to the investigation of human becoming and being the researcher is able to grasp and present elements of social processes and identity work that quantitative and traditional qualitative approaches is unable to do. Knowles & Cole (2008; xi) define arts-based research as "the systematic use of the artistic process, the actual making of artistic expressions in all of the different forms of the arts, as a primary way of understanding and examining experience by both researchers and the people that they involve in their studies" Leavy (2009; ix) defines arts-based research as: ”ABR practices are a set of methodological tools used by qualitative researchers across the disciplines during all phases of social research, including data collection, analysis, interpretation, and reinterpretation. These emerging tools adapt the tenets of the creative arts in order to adress social research questions in holistic and engaged ways in which theory and practice are intertwined.” 

With a focus on the artistic, aesthetic and sensory dimensions of individual and social human life the researcher makes a research design that includes either the researchers own artistic production and processes or the artistic production and processes of a group of participants. The processes and the products can be an investigation of different areas of the research focus, they can be combined and they can include fieldwork observations and interviews with the participants and/or an audience. 

In this PhD course you will be introduced to arts-based research, how to perform arts- based research and get qualified feedback on your arts-based research research design and/or fieldwork. During the course we will discuss the general definitions of arts-based research including how, why and what arts-based research adds to the existing research methodologies.

Participants from all research areas using any artistic form is welcome and we encourage you to participate activly by sending in and presenting your work, and the lecturers will give you feedback.


- Insights into arts-based research methodologies, traditions and tenets
- Competences in performing and evaluating arts-based research


Literature will be distributed to the praticipants via a link to Brightspace.

Target group:

The course is relevant for PhD students at all stages of the proces, but as the course includes students' presentations and participation in workshops it is required students have either a research design for conducting arts-based research and/or data materials. 


English and Danish


One lecture pr day followed by seminars in which the lecture and the literature is debated and ended by groupwork focusing on the participants research design and fieldwork. The participants are encouraged to present their own Work and can get feedback on it from the lecturers.




Lars Emmerik Damgaard Knudsen
Jamie Wallace
Rita Irwin


To be announced later

Date and time:

14.12.2021 at 9.00-16.00
15.12.2021 at 9.00-16.00
16.12.2021 at 9.00-15.00

Application deadline:

Please apply via this link no later than 1 November 2021.