Dr Dickenson's recent and current research projects include the Wellcome Trust-funded investigation, The Not Knowns: Psychology, Engagement and Cultural Memory, with co-investigators from the University of Hull, in partnership with Hull Training and Park Bench Theatre.
As a playwright her plays are at the core of most of her research projects including the recent The Not Knowns. Dr Dickenson's plays have been performed across Europe. She has primarily concentrated on the writing of large cast pieces for young people to perform, and has also had some success with more mainstream forms of scriptwriting.
Dr Dickenson's plays have been performed across Europe. For example, she was commissioned to write a play for the Goethe-Institut to mark the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. The play Not Yet was performed in the UK in February 2009 at various venues. Of the 18 plays commissioned by the Goethe-Institut from across Europe, Not Yet was one of seven chosen to be performed at the culminating festival in Dresden and Mulheim November 2009.
Not Yet was also filmed by the Christmas TV & Film Company and now translated, in conjunction with the Languages into Schools project, forms the core of a language pack for A level students. She gave a keynote presentation on the project at a conference in London in July, 2009, for the Goethe-Institut.
Dr Dickenson was a commissioned playwright on Graeae Theatre Company's Write To Play programme, October 2015 - November 2016. Graeae Theatre Company is a force for change in world-class theatre, breaking down barriers, challenging preconceptions and boldly placing disabled artists centre stage.