Inés Soria-Donlan (University of Leeds)

Inés is a creative producer, project manager and community researcher whose work focuses on the arts, creative education and cultural activism as a means of empowering communities and facilitating authentic cross-cultural collaboration on a local and global scale. She joined University of Leeds in 2016 as Project Officer for the AHRC GCRF project ‘Voicing Hidden Histories’, exploring community filmmaking across Brazil, India and South Africa and producer of the Sadler Seminar series “Remapping World Cinemas in the Digital Age”. She is the Project Manager of the ‘Changing the Story’ GCRF project. 

Inés is particularly interested in the relationship between academic research, grassroots cultural organisations and youth voice and the impact that such relationships can bring to social change when nurtured. Since graduating in 2008, she has worked with a diverse range of art forms across the academic, cultural, and creative industry sectors, including the British Council, Contact Theatre, and South Asian Arts UK. She spent 4 years as part of the multi-award winning In Place of War team at The University of Manchester, working with artists and creative communities in sites of conflict and post-conflict, producing a range of international academic and cultural events across the UK and establishing vibrant cross-sector networks across The Middle East, Latin America and Africa.

Inés has an MA in French Cultural Studies and a PGDip in Arts Management, Policy & Practice. She has published a range of articles and chapters exploring community-led arts programmes for social change and is co-editor with Prof. Paul Cooke of the book “Participatory Arts for International Development” (Routledge, 2019).