Research in Psychogeography, Post-qualitative Inquiry, Autoethnography, Life-Writing in education (RiPPALe)

RiPPALe is an acronym that represents the following different though interconnected aspects of ‘Research in Psychogeography, Post-qualitative inquiry, Authoethnography, and Life-Writing in education’.

As a CERES research group, RiPPALe is interested in the exploration of the cracks and lost spaces of experience that refract and dissipate through folds and contours of everyday life. RiPPALe is interested in research, writing, and ideas, that reach beyond established pedagogic and disciplinary formulas and boundaries. Collaborators are encouraged to think/write critically and creatively about movement, space, environment, and memory. It is interested in ‘ontologies of immanence’, and exploring new ways of developing and articulating philosophical concepts. RiPPALe’s aim is to attempt to avoid the regurgitation of material that already exists, and to re-orient research through experimentation, creativity, provocation, and innovation. It is interested in work that grapples with new theories of memory, theories of the self, and debates about literacy, indigeneity and becoming.

RiPPALe interprets and critically confronts the notion of ‘education’ by challenging institutionalised and formalised learning models. RiPPALe recognises work that engages with informal learning and everyday life, along with unstructured approaches to knowledge and learning. Often these experiences belie hidden aspects of learning and transformation which otherwise remain unnoticed and unrecognised. Non-formal explorations of – and approaches to – knowledge and learning are also important for RiPPALe, along with hybrid approaches to knowledge, learning and discovery, and the problematisation of curriculum thinking.

Related and connected to RiPPALe’s explorations of ways of writing, Dr Anne-Marie Smith is associated with SAW’s (Student Advice and Wellbeing) Bibliotherapy programme, where she runs monthly ‘Writing for Wellbeing’ (W4W) workshops. These workshops are open to staff and students, offering an hour’s safe and relaxed space to get stuff out of your head and onto paper.

Utilising the freewriting approach the sessions enable participants to focus on the process of writing rather than any product or output: giving yourself permission to just ‘write without rules’ about whatever emerges from your pen or pencil has the potential to lead to insights, revelations, and greater self-awareness. The workshop activities – stemming from Anne-Marie’s experience as a qualified Poetry/Bibliotherapy Practitioner (with – are based on a mash-up of approaches taken from Poetry/Bibliotherapy, Therapeutic Journaling, and Expressive writing for Wellbeing. 

We welcome internal LJMU (and external ‘affiliate’) membership applications from academics, postgraduate students and researchers working, researching in, and writing as spart of, the areas covered by RiPPALe.

You can apply for CERES/RiPPALe membership online.

The RiPPALe research group is coordinated by:


Meet the members of this group.

Current work



External affiliated members

PhD and Postgraduate Research students