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Dr Jo Pollitt

Post Doctoral Research Fellow

Staff Member Details
Telephone: +61 8 6304 5029
Mobile: 0407 473 241
Campus: Mount Lawley  
Room: ML17.109  

Jo is a Post Doctoral Research Fellow at the School of Education.

Current teaching

  • DAN3225 - Contemporary Dance and Allied Techniques 3.


As an interdisciplinary artist and researcher Jo’s work is grounded in a twenty-year practice of improvisation and her work in dance, dramaturgy and writing has been presented both locally and internationally. Her research applies choreographic thinking, expanded embodiment, experimental writing, and creative response in thinking with more-than-human worlds to explore children's relations with common worlds. She has lectured in Improvisation at WAAPA since 2001, is active as dance critic, mentor and dramaturg, and is the co-Creative Director of BIG Kids Magazine. Her current project Conversations with Rain utilises attention, embodiment and creative response to make visible children's climate relations in partnership with AGWA Learning at the Art Gallery of Western Australia.

Professional associations

  • Artrage life member (ex Board member)
  • Australasian Association of Writing Programs (member)
  • Ausdance (member)
  • Western Australian Institute for Educational Research, WAIER (member)
  • PAWA (judge)
  • BIG Kids Magazine (co-founder and director).

Research areas and interests

  • Choreographic thinking
  • Expanded embodiment
  • Improvisation and creative response
  • Indigenous knowledges
  • Dance and performance
  • Phenomenology
  • Feminist and queer theory.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Edith Cowan University, 2019.
  • Master of Arts (Creative Arts), Edith Cowan University, 2002.

Research Outputs

Journal Articles

  • Blaise, M., Rooney, T., Pollitt, J. (2019). Weather wanderings. Journal of Public Pedagogies, 4(2019), 166-170.
  • Pollitt, J. (2019). The State of Dancingness: Staying with Leaving. PARtake: The Journal of Performance as Research, 2(2), Article no. 4.

Creative Arts Research Outputs

  • Pollitt, J., Blue, L., Blaise, M. (2019). Conversations with rain: a multi-platform research-creation project. Art Gallery of Western Australia.

Journal Articles

Creative Arts Research Outputs

  • Francis, M., Pollitt, J., Leach, P., Polain, M. (2012). Quiet Beast. Jo Pollitt and Paea Leach.
  • Lehrer, J., McCarthy, K., Peacock, S., Pollitt, J., Whaites, M. (2012). Diversify. Michael Whaites.

Research Student Supervision

Associate Supervisor

  • Master of Education, String figuring as methodology: Noticing and engaging 'down the back' in early childhood
  • Master of Education, Paying attention to water relations: Pedagogical documentation and poetic inquiry as curious practices
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Experimentations and worldings: Radical relationality and early childhood pedagogy
  • Master of Education, Drama in education for Chinese teachers: a narrative inquiry into Australian practitioner perspectives
  • Master of Arts (Performing Arts), Black Words on White Pages: Theatrical Representations of Noongar Women
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