Dr Persefoni Sextou
Visiting Professorial Fellow

Dr Persefoni Sextou

Goldsmiths College University of London (UK) - Doctorate (PhD) 2004

Lancaster University (UK) - Master of Arts 1992

University of Ioannina (GR) - Bachelor of Arts (Honours) 1991, PGCE Early Years incl.

Arts,Design & Architecture
School of the Arts and Media

Persephone (Persefoni) Sextou is a Visiting Professor at UNSW Sydney. She is currently a Professor and Director of the Sidney De Haan Research Centre at Canterbury Christ Church University in the UK. Her expertise is in applied theatre for health and well-being with a 27-year academic experience in universities in the UK and abroad. Her research is focused on interdisciplinary applied research and curricula engaging with the community, managing teams and projects, influencing arts & health policy and practice, and offering consultancy on arts frameworks in healthcare and educational organisations. Persephone is the author of five monographs and 30+ articles in peer-reviewed journals. Her latest book 'Theatre for Children in Hospital. The Gift of Compassion' was published by Intellect (UK) in 2016 and is listed in recommended bibliographies of academic programmes around the world. Her new book 'Applied Theatre in Paediatrics. Children, Stories and Synergies of Emotions' is in print with Routledge Australia (due in December 2022). For more details about her academic journey, teaching and research philosophy, and projects you may visit: https://www.persephonesextou.co.uk

Persephone's research focuses on interdisciplinary applied theatre & simulation engineering (VR, AR) technology in community-based research with a societal benefit. Her research aims to improve the health and well-being of children and young people in healthcare and palliative care. She is currently a member of the Future Stories research team led by Professor Michael Balfour at UNSW Sydney. For more details about her research, visuals, videos and keynote speeches/webinars etc, https://www.persephonesextou.co.uk/