Dr Eleanor Kilroy

  • Research Associate (Reality TV Project)

Eleanor Kilroy joined Loughborough University in 2023, having previously worked as an Associate Lecturer at Lancaster University (2022 - 2023) and Goldsmiths, University of London (2019 - 2022). 


At Loughborough University, Eleanor has embarked on a one year post doctorate on the AHRC-funded project ‘Re-CARE TV: Reality Television, Working Practices and Duties of Care’ (2023-26), within which she is working as a Research Associate for the work package on reality television participation.


She also works as a Youth Participation Producer for Collective Encounters, a theatre company for social change. This work involves producing creative holiday programmes for cared for and care experienced young people in Liverpool.


A sustained emphasis on using the arts to allow participants to re-negotiate everyday societal issues can be recognised through Eleanor's co-founding of Flow n Flux (2019 – 2023), a AHRC funded initiative providing monthly creative workshops that centre around dominant issues in the lives of women and non-binary people.

Eleanor is an interdisciplinary researcher and lecturer working across feminist media and cultural studies and theatre and performance. She was awarded AHRC funding from the Consortium for the Humanities and the Arts South-East England (CHASE) for PhD study. She recently completed her PhD which is entitled 'Performing the Perfect on Instagram: Applied Theatrical Interventions with Young Women' (2023). This research explores the possibilities of using theatre workshops to enable young women to explore pressures to perform 'the perfect' on Instagram.