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BSc Geography (Hons): Manchester University 2003

MA Cultural Geography: Royal Holloway University of London 2006

PhD Working Title: An historical spatial-ethnography and ‘auto-ethnography’ of suburban practices

My work explores questions of the historical relationship between the transformation of the built environment and social life in suburban spaces. My research takes a historical approach to ethnography to assemble a detailed account movement economies and spatialisation practices in London suburbs. I am interested how everyday practices of movement such as walking intersect with memory, discourse, materialities and so on work to produce particular spaces of habitation. This project directly addresses the theoretical and methodological questions that arise when the micro-scale ethnographic approach engages with the multiple scale perspective of systems analysis and planning narratives.

Other interests include; Material culture and immateriality, geographies of knowledge, spatial practices, histories, academic practice and the role of ‘spatial thinking’ in Anthropology. I am keen to be contacted on developing such issues.

This forms part of a collaborative EPSRC funded project called Adaptable Suburbs.

Supervisor: Victor Buchli

Second Supervisor: Sam Griffiths (The Bartlett)

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