My research focuses on "theories of practice", with a particular interest in what I call expert-practitioner creative decision-making. I have supervised around 20 research degree projects over the past decade, ranging across the performing arts (to include Music performance, Dance and Theatre Arts), with a growing interest in practitioner expertise.
I have worked closely with the choreographer, Rosemary Butcher, co-editing with Butcher her Choregraphy, Collisions and Collaborations (Middlesex University Press, 2005). My website, www.sfmelrose.org.uk sets out my research profile and provides links to a number of publications and keynote presentations made between 2002 and 2012; many of these are also available on the Middlesex research repository.
Melrose, Susan (2015) Chasing expertise: reappraising the role of intuitive process in creative decisionmaking. In: Thinking Dance 2015: Questioning the Contemporary Symposium,, 16-17 Oct 2015, Leeds Beckett University, Leeds, United Kingdom.
Colin, Noyale and Sachsenmaier, Stefanie and Murray, Simon and Kolb, Alexandra and Ruhsam, Martina and Cull, Laura and Manning, Erin and Forster, Ewan and Heighes, Chris and Jeeves, Tim and Salata, Kris and Brown, Carol and De Senna, Pedro and Bowditch, Caroline and Nepia, Moana and Bower, David and Melrose, Susan and Claid, Emilyn (2016) Collaboration in performance practice: premises, workings and failures. Colin, Noyale and Sachsenmaier, Stefanie , eds. Palgrave, London. ISBN 9781137462459
Melrose, Susan and Sachsenmaier, Stefanie and Butcher, Rosemary (2014) Time’s markings/marking time/s: Rosemary Butcher’s Secrets of the Open Sea. In: IFTR (International Federation for Theatre Research) On Stratification, July 2014, Warwick.