UCL Department of Geography


Lo Marshall

Research Title

Making Sense of Gender: Exploring gender diversity through the experiences of people with trans identities and histories

More about Lo

I am an urban geographer researching sexuality and gender. My doctoral research explores gender diversity in British cities through the experiences of people with trans identities and histories.

Academic Background

  • MPhil/PhD researcher, Dept. of Geography, UCL, 2014 - on-going
  • MSc Urban Studies, UCL, 2013/2014
  • BA International Studies, Department of Politics, Goldsmiths, 2009-2012


  • Co-investigator, LGBTQ+ Cultural Infrastructure in London: Night Venues, 2006-present, UCL Urban Laboratory, commission by the Greater London Authority
  • Research assistant, LGBTQI nightlife spaces in London from 1986 until the present, UCL Urban Laboratory, RAZE Collective, Queer Spaces Network 2016
  • Co-curator with B. Campkin, Queer Nightlife Salon, Museum of London - Feb 2018
  • Co-curator and project manager, Manual Labour, a collaboration with David L Martin and John Reardon, 2013
  • Guest lecturer, Sexualities and cities, MSc Urban Studies, UCL - 2016, 2017
  • Guest lecturer, London's LGBTQ+ nightlife scenes, London Club Cultures, Syracuse University - 2017
  • Guest lecturer, Gender diversity, Gender Society and Representation, MA Gender and Sexuality - 2017, 2018
  • Guest lecturer, LGBTQ+ nightlife, Critical Introduction to Sexuality Studies - 2018, 2019

Other positions and affiliations

  • Affiliated PhD student, UCL Urban Laboratory
  • Affiliated PhD student, qUCL
  • PhD representative with Lioba Hirsch, UCL Department of Geography Equality, Diversity and Inclusion committee.
  • Volunteer, Gendered Intelligence
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I teach on the following courses: 


  • Campkin, B., and Marshall, L (2018) London's nocturnal queer geographies, Soundings: Telling political stories, Issue 70
  • Campkin, B., Marshall, L. and Ross, R. (2018) Urban Pamphleteer #7: LGBTQ+ Night-time Spaces: Past, Present and Future, UCL Urban Laboratory
  • Marshall, L (2017), Castle and Cell: Exploring Intersections between Sexuality and Gender in the Domestic Lives of Men with Trans Identities and Histories, in Sexuality and Gender at Home: Experience, Politics, Transgression, Brent Pilkey, Rachael M. Scicluna, Ben Campkin, Barbara Penner (eds.), London: Bloomsbury
  • Campkin, B. and Marshall, L. (2017) LGBTQ+ Cultural Infrastructure in London: Night Venues, 2006-present (pdf)UCL Urban Laboratory
  • Campkin, B. and Marshall, L. (2016) LGBTQI nightlife spaces in London from 1986 until the present, UCL Urban Laboratory


  • Negotiating gender diverse worlds built on binary expectations: The Kenwood Ladies Pond, a paper presented at Sites Queer conference, University of Puerto Rico, San Juan Puerto Rico, 9 February 2019.
  • Queer heritage and its contradictions, co-presented with Prof Ben Campkin at HDK Academy of Design and Crafts, part of Gothenburg Design Week, Gothenburg, Sweden, 24 October 2018
  • LGBTQ+ Nightlife in London, co-presented with Prof Ben Campkin at Building Diversity workshop, TU Delft, Netherlands, 16 May 2018
  • Queer Night Moves: LGBTQ+ venues and transport infrastructure, co-presented with Dr Ben Campkin at the Night Moves Symposium at UCL Transport Institute, London, 17 October 2017
  • Queer premises: geographies of LGBTQ+ night scenes and spaces in London, co-presented with Dr Ben Campkin at the ‘Never gonna dance again’: memorials to lost, legendary nights out, symposium at Sutton House, London, 20 September 2017
  • LGBTQ nightlife in London, co-presented with Dr Ben Campkin at the Camp-er-Van, Tate Modern, London, 28 July 2017
  • Fabulous facades, dry details: queer premises on fun. Performance given at Queer Fun: An ivory tower vaudeville, Duckie, Royal Vauxhall Tavern, London, 10 June 2017
  • LGBTQ nightlife in London. A paper co-presented with Dr Ben Campkin at LGBTQI Work Life/Night LifeUCL, for qUCL, at UCL, London, 2 May 2017
  • LGBTQ nightlife in London: 1986 – 2016, research co-presented with Ben Campkin to the Raze Collective queer performers network at Oval House, London, 10 November 2016
  • (Trans)forming gender, disrupting dichotomies: Exploring the lives of people with trans identities and histories. A paper presented for Stadtkolloquium at LSE, London, 19 March 2015
Research Interests

Making Sense of Gender is a participatory, scholar/activist doctoral project that explores geographies of gender diversity through the lived experiences of women, men and non-binary people with trans identities and histories living in British cities. The project is shaped by critical engagements with strands of medicine, psychiatry, feminism, queer studies and trans studies, as well as ethical concerns regarding the politics of knowledge production and hierarchies. 

In doing so, I am interested in considering the implications of taking a person’s sense of self seriously as legitimate a source of knowledge and starting point for research. By combining participant photography, narrative writing/speaking and in-depth semi-structured interviews, it will investigate how trans peoples’ voices might productively complicate prevailing political, academic, and social understandings of gender.

Research Funding