Rosaria is an able academic with a comprehensive experience as project manager and evaluator.


Rosaria is a living embodiment of the integration that so many are striving to achieve. She balances the physicality of dance, with the intellectual understanding that comes from her research work. The result is a passionate and committed person who will get things done, beautifully‘ (Sarah Andersen, GP)

‘ You have been a really wonderful tutor who truly cares about both your students and your subject. Wherever my studying takes me I will remember my year with you fondly.  Best wishes and thank you’ (Emily, Year 2 PPE University student)

I would like to thank you now for your support and enthusiasm over two very interesting years. Politics started off as simply something I had not looked at seriously before, so I thought I would give it a go. I’m hooked now and find it all both terrifying and enormously stimulating. Thank you very much and my best wishes for the future‘ (Christopher, Year 2 PPE University student)

 I would like to say thank you very very much for this year!! I REALLY enjoyed you as a tutor!! Thank you for your time, suggestions, constructive criticism and praise as well! and for being so engaging throughout the course!! I feel i have learn`t so much and my view and understanding of what makes our world tick has been immensely broadened! I`ve learn`t a lot of what my own views are and what theories and concepts i can use to express my views and put my case across!‘ (Amanda, Year 2 International Development University student)

I found this evenings tutorial very interesting and you have described the information and guidance in a way that made it easier to understand‘ (Jill, Mental Health in the Community Module. Year 2 Health and Social Care University student)


In addition to her PhD, Rosaria holds a PGCE, specialising in training and e-learning. She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy,  a Visiting Researcher for the Open University (Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies), an Associate Lecturer for the Open University (Faculty of Social Sciences, Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics,  and Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies), a Consultant for eSTEeM (the OU’s centre for STEM pedagogy) and has extensive experience as Dance lecturer at BTEC and UAL levels. She is also an Artistic Quality Assessor for the Arts Council, journal and book reviewer, and acts as consultant researcher and evaluator for artists, art events, public and private sectors.

Current Research

Her main areas of research interest reside in the development of dances in the African Diaspora (particularly in Brazil, Cuba and Spain); organisational development of small arts and dance organisations where professional and community dance meet, and the relationship between dance and movement and its impact on Public health.

Specific projects include:

  • Vseteckova J, Dadova K, Gracia R, Ryan G, Borgstrom E, Abington J, Deepak – Gopinath M, Pappas Y (2020) Barriers and facilitators to adherence to walking group exercise in older people living with dementia in the community: a systematic review. Eur Rev Aging Phys Act 17, 15 (2020).
  • Vseteckova J, Gracia R (2019) The impact of dance and movement on learning, health, wellbeing and quality of life of institutionalised older adults living with or without dementia: a systematic review protocol. PROSPERO 2019 CRD42019127954 Available from:
  • Gracia R, Vseteckova J., Jones R (2019) The impact of dance and movement on learning, health, wellbeing and quality of life of older adults living with or without dementia and/or Parkinson’s in the community: a systematic review protocol. PROSPERO 2019 CRD42019127953 Available from:

Management and Evaluation Experience

Rosaria’s management experience has been based on her integrity, her ability to manage expectations, and to work with individuals and groups both developing their skills and reaching agreed outcomes. This often involves dealing with unexpected events, overcoming obstacles, and supporting individuals and groups to achieve what they set out to do.

Her evaluation experience comprises evaluation of artistic projects (mid and end life of the project), qualitative researcher and evaluator of interdisciplinary projects.

Some of her current project management work includes:

  • Advisory Member of Board of Directors (Present – 2021) Reside Dance CIC
  • Participation Consultant of  Three Score Dance: devising and delivering dance and movement sessions in community settings, care homes and senior housing;  producing and delivering a tailored made in-house training programme for volunteers as part of a peer support worker mentoring programme, and undertaking research to explore the impact of dance and movement in the quality of life, learning , cognitive function and wellbeing of older adults.
  • Co-founder and co-lead practitioner of Finding your Compass  (2012 – 2018) exploring a creative road to recovery from mental health.
  • Co-coordinator and lead choreographer of Maracatu Cruzeiro do Sul

Some commissioners have been:

IMA International
The Big Chill
The Trust for Developing Communities
South East Dance
University of East London
WSIS Gender Caucus
Equate Scotland
Athena SWAM
Culture Shift
The Open University