Dr Nicola Parkin likes questions, enigmas, and human depths. She is a higher education practitioner who locates her work in the difficult spaces between teaching, learning, professional practice, philosophy, design, and creative practices. Sometimes she just stumbles into the borderless worlds between things because she is following her nose, and sometimes she is drawn to purposefully transgress constructed bounds, just so she can find out what is fertile when we do that.
Nicola’s educative commitments have been forged over many decades of work in community cultural development and adult community education programs. However, it is the wild untamed inner forces of learning and becoming in each individual that most delight and intrigue her; forces which are themselves forged in the fertile tensional spaces between individual and community.
Methodologically, Nicola leans in to the existential, the hermeneutical, the phenomenological. Her research is about finding meaningful ways to see, say and save the deeper undercurrents of our educative work, and how we might purposefully and profitably bring these qualitative riches into our everyday practices.
You can find a bit of Nicola’s musings on bebetween on Wordpress.