Dr Johann Gregory

Dr Johann Gregory

Research Associate

I work as a Research Associate in the Creative Economy team, where I am the co-ordinator for the Creative Cardiff Research Network. The team is based in the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences but is not affiliated formally with a School.

During 2016 I had two roles at the University as I was also lecturing on Shakespearean drama in the School of English, Communication, and Philosophy. I was a Lecturing Fellow at the University of East Anglia in 2014/15.

I was born in South Wales but grew up in Mid Wales, not far from the source of the Wye and the Severn. I went to school in Llanidloes: looking back, it seems to me that the primary school was all about the arts and the high school was all about the sciences. Afterwards we moved to Machynlleth, the 'ancient capital of Wales'. I went to college in Dolgellau where my A Levels were in English, Chemistry and Biology. I was then lucky enough to have a year out when I worked in a pub ('the university of life', as one of the regulars called it) and travelled around Europe.


  • 2014: PhD English Literature, Cardiff University
  • 2007: MA (Distinction) English Literature, Cardiff University
  • 2006: BA (First Class Honours) English Literature, Cardiff University

Career overview

  • 2015 - present: Research Associate, Creative Economy Project, Cardiff University
  • 2015 - 2017: Teacher, School of English, Communication and Philosophy
  • 2014 - 2015: Lecturing Fellow, School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing, University of East Anglia
  • 2008 - 2014: Postgraduate Tutor at Cardiff University
  • 2011 - 2012: Part-time Lecturer at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama

Honours and awards

Project Awards

I have helped to secure various funds while in post in the Creative Economy team: this has included £1200 for a CUROP research project, which enabled a student to support our activity during a pop-up creative hub at the Wales Milennium Centre (2016); £6000 for the Festivals Research Group's pilot project with Sŵn Music Festival (2016); and £5000 for the 'Networking Creative Hubs' City Region Exchange project (2017).

Travel & Training Awards

I have received funds to speak at conferences at City, University of London, in 2016 on 'Urban Cultural Policy and Creativity', and to take part in a 2017 event on 'Literature and the Creative Economy' at the Centre for Research Institute for Cultural and Media Economies at the University of Leicester.

In 2015 I received bursaries to attend the AHRC-sponsored workshop ‘WISE: What is Scholarly Editing? – A Collaborative Skills Development Training Programme’ at Cardiff University, April, 2015, and the follow on peer seminar at the Institute of Historical Research, London. As part of this training, I experimenting with some digital editing using the work of John Taylor the Water Poet (1578-1653): Early Modern Editing Experiments.

In 2011 I was awarded the Edward Rhys-Price Studentship (£1000), a Cardiff University part-time PhD student-wide endowment with the decision 'based on the candidates’ relative merits and research potential'. I have also received travel awards for a number of workshops and conferences.

I have received funds for two conferences in Germany:

  • Accommodation funds granted from the Deutsche Shakespeare-Gesellschaft to speak at the conference 'Money and Power: Shakespeare’s Accounts' in Munich, April 2013
  • Travel grant awarded from Freie Universität Berlin for my attendance at their international workshop entitled 'Performing the Poetics of Passion: Troilus & Cressida / Troilus & Criseyde' in May 2010

As a PhD student, I received travel grants from Cardiff University to support costs of participation at:

  • Transmission and Transgression conference, Aix-en-Provence (2012)
  • Société Française Shakespeare conference, Paris (2011)
  • Medieval and Early-Modern Authorship conference, Geneva (2010)
  • Derrida Today conference, London (2010)
  • BritGrad conference, Stratford-upon-Avon (2008 and 2009)
  • Assuming Gender conference, Mid-Wales (2008)

Professional memberships

  • Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy since 2011
  • Member of the British Shakespeare Association since 2009

Speaking engagements


  • 2017: Delivering a paper on John Taylor the Water Poet at a conference dedicated to the writer at Cambridge University
  • 2017: Spoke at the Spotlight on Festivals impact event in the School of Geography and Planning at Cardiff University
  • 2016: Co-presented at an ESRC event on 'Creativing Creative Spaces for the Co-Production of Knowledge' at Cardiff University
  • 2016: Spoke at the launch of the pop-up Sŵn Music Museum as part of the Festivals Research Group's pilot project with Sŵn Music Festival
  • 2016: Took part as a respondent for a panel on 'Creative Hubs' at a conference on Urban Policy and Creativity at City, University of London
  • 2016: Co-presented on the work of Creative Cardiff at the research seminar of the School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies, Cardiff University
  • 2015: Led a workshop on ‘Shakespeare, Animals and the Human’ – responding to the work of Laurie Shannon and Andy Mousley – for the School’s ‘Medieval and Early Modern Research Seminar’ at UEA
  • 2014: Presented a paper on John Taylor the Water Poet, School’s Research Seminar at UEA
  • 2013: Presented a paper at the Deutsche Shakespeare-Gesellschaft conference Money and Power: Shakespeare’s Accounts in Munich: ‘“[Theatre], thy name is woman”: Theatrical Value and Power in Shakespeare’
  • 2012: Invited to present a paper for the international conference Transmission and Transgression in Early Modern England at Université de Provence: ‘Transgression through Punishment: John Taylor and “willfull women”’
  • 2011: Co-presented a paper, with Alun Thomas, at Cambridge University’s Shakespeare Sources & Adaptation conference: ‘Playing with Precedents in Shakespeare: Expectations in Richard III and Troilus and Cressida
  • 2011: Presented a paper at the Société Française Shakespeare conference ‘Shakespeare et les arts de la table’ in Paris: ‘Shakespeare’s Troilus and Cressida: Visualising Expectations as a Matter of Taste’
  • 2011: Presented a research paper at Cardiff Metropolitan University on ‘Being and Performing in Troilus and Cressida: “In faith, I lie”’
  • 2010: Presented a paper at the Derrida Today conference at Goodenough College, London, organised by Kingston University, London and Macquarie University, Sydney: ‘Shakespeare and Derrida’s “thought of the promise”’
  • 2010: Presented a paper at the Medieval and Early-Modern Authorship conference, Université de Genève: ‘The “author’s drift” in Shakespeare’s Troilus and Cressida: A Poetics of Reflection’
  • Presented papers at BritGrad, at the Shakespeare Institute in Stratford-upon-Avon (2008 and 2009), and Cardiff University’s Assuming Gender conference (2008)

Conference and event organisation

  • 2017: Co-organised an impact event Spotlight on Festivals in the School of Geography and Planning at Cardiff University
  • 2016: Supported with the organisation of Creative Cardiff’s Pop-up Hub at the Wales Millennium Centre for 25 creative professionals
  • 2016: Co-organised a ‘Creative Citizens’ seminar and book launch for the Creative Cardiff Research Network with the School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies
  • 2016: Organised a ‘Visual Research Methods – Working with Creatives’ seminar and book launch for the Creative Cardiff Research Network with the School of Social Sciences; this event also engaged with stakeholders outside the university, with 80 people in attendance:
  • 2015: Supported with the organisation of the Creative Cardiff ‘Christmas Party’ held at Chapter Arts Centre, 2015 for creative freelancers in the city
  • 2015: Organising committee member for the Kingston Shakespeare Seminar in Theory Conference ‘Shakespeare and Waste’, where I also chaired a session
  • 2011: Chaired the session on ‘Shakespeare and Terry Pratchett’s Discworld’ at the Shakespeare Sources & Adaptation conference hosted by Cambridge University
  • 2008: Organised, with a colleague, the one-day conference Islands of Thought: Early-Modern Mentalities and Politics which I opened on 10th October 2008: the conference was the finale to the Graduate School’s funded interdisciplinary Renaissance Seminar
  • 2007: Co-organised, with Joseph Sterrett, Sacred Text-Sacred Space, a postgraduate-led interdisciplinary research series consisting of 15 speakers, including a conference at St Fagans: National Museum Wales (2007), where I also chaired a session

In the past I have taught in the School of English, Communication and Philosophy. I was a module leader, giving a weekly lecture and leading three two-hour seminars per week:

  • Shakespeare's Late Plays, 2nd year undergraduate module (2016-17)
  • Shakespeare's Late Plays, 3rd year undergraduate module (2015-16)

In 2010 I set up the blog Cardiff Shakespeare to provide news and research tools. Postgraduate students regularly review Shakespearean theatre productions for the blog. Cardiff Shakespeare is on twitter @CardiffShakes.

I have taught at Cardiff University, the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, and at the University of East Anglia. More information about my teaching experience is available from my website.

I have a number of publications covering early modern literature, travel writing and literary theory, while I am also undertaking research relating to the creative economy in my role as a Research Associate in the Creative Economy team.

This university profile page only includes my research outputs held in the university's archive system. For a fuller list of my publications, please visit my website.

English Literature Research

My primary research expertise lies in English literature, specifically early modern English literature, drama and cultural history. In in this field, my next research project investigates attitudes to fragility in English literature: I'm exploring ways of collaborating with others in this area - please get in touch!

I have a continuing interest in the writing and travels of John Taylor the Water Poet (1587-1653) and I'm currently developing ways of engaging others in his work, especially his journey around Wales in the summer of 1652. Find out more about this Water Poet project.

I continue to publish in relation to Shakespeare studies. Currently I'm contributing a chapter on Shakespeare's Troilus and Cressida for the Arden Early Modern Guides series and contributing a chapter for a book volume on Shakespeare and court performance. I'm also working on a book project related to audience and early modern drama.

Creative Economy Research

I have emerging expertise in the area of creative economy: in a nutshell, that's creative industries plus creative roles outside the creative industies. I support two main interdisciplinary research groups in the Creative Cardiff Research Network: the Festivals Research Group and the Creative Labour and Cultural Production research group. I co-ordinated the Festival Research Group's pilot project with Sŵn Music Festival in October 2016 and authored the introduction to the research report (2017) and a section on 'Engaging Audiences'. I'm also undertaking a review of literature on creative labour in the creative industries for the Creative Labour group. This year I've been mapping and connecting researchers across the university working on VR and binaural recording.

This research links up via the Creative Economy team with Creative Cardiff, a network for creatives in Cardiff and the city region. This summer I am delivering a project on Networking Creative Hubs in the Cardiff City Region; this builds on our pop-up hub in the Wales Millennium Centre in 2016.

I have also helped to produce a video on Creative Research at Cardiff University:

Creative Research at Cardiff University Video

I am also a member of Cardiff University's Digital Cultures Network.