Dr Iain Biggs RWA works as an independent mentor, writer, artist, and researcher. A former Director of the PLaCE Research Centre, UWE, Bristol, he is currently Visiting Research Fellow at the Environmental Humanities Research Centre at Bath Spa University and Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Dundee. He helps co-coordinate three creative research networks and supervises and examines arts practice-led doctoral students in the UK and Ireland. He has undertaken deep mapping work – both self-initiated and for Research Council funded projects, produced artist’s books, published on a range of academic and non-academic topics, and writes an occasional blog. He is currently collaborating with Julie Upmeyer on Succession in connection with her Plas Bodfa project and with the Utopias Bach group coordinated by Lindsey Colbourne. He became an RWA in 2012, held a Moore Institute Visiting Fellowship at NUI, Galway, in 2014, and worked on the major UK Arts and Humanities Research Council Hydrocitizenship project between 2014-2017.
His recent publications include the chapters: ‘Ensemble Practices’ in Cameron Cartiere and Leon Tan (eds). Routledge Companion to Art in the Public Realm London & New York, Routledge, and ‘Walking Away? From deep mapping to mutual accompaniment’ in Helen Billinghurst, Claire Hind & Phil Smith (eds). Walking Bodies: Papers, Provocations, Actions, Triarchy Press 2020. 2020 also saw the publication, with Mary Modeen, of Creative Engagements with Ecologies of Place: Geopoetics, Deep Mapping and Slow Residency with Routledge.