UCL Urban Laboratory


Lo Marshall

Lo Marshall is an urban geographer researching gender and sexuality. They are a Research Fellow in The Bartlett School of Architecture, affiliated to UCL Urban Laboratory, as well as a doctoral researcher in the Department of Geography at UCL.

As Research Fellow Lo works on Night spaces: migration, culture and IntegraTion in Europe, a transdisciplinary collaboration researching how night spaces are dynamically produced, imagined, experienced and narrated by migrant communities across eight European cities. Lo works on the London project in this collaboration (Principal Investigator, Ben Campkin), researching how LGBTQ+ migrant communities have created and experienced night-time spaces. 

As part of on-going collaborations researching LGBTQ+ Nightlife in London with Prof Campkin, Lo has co-authored an article in Soundings journal (Campkin and Marshall 2018), guest co-edited Urban Pamphleteer #7, LGBTQ Night-Time Spaces: Past, Present and Future (Campkin, Marshall and Ross 2018), co-curated a ‘Queer Salon’ at the Museum of London (2018) and contributed to the exhibition ‘Queer Spaces: London, 1980s – Today’ at the Whitechapel Gallery, London (2019).

Lo has given frequent guest lectures and public talks on gender, sexuality and cities, for example at the Museum on London, Tate Modern, Gothenburg Design Week, UCL, Ravensbourne and the University of Westminster. They are an affiliated student of UCL Urban Lab and qUCL, UCL’s LGBTQ+ research network.

PhD title: Navigating gender diverse worlds built on binary expectations

Supervisors:  Prof Ben Campkin (primary) Prof Ann Varley (secondary)

Lo's doctoral research explores gender diversity in Britain through the lived experiences of trans and non-binary people. Drawing upon strands of queer theory and trans studies, Lo is interested in thinking through points of dissonance and resonance between the experiences of trans participants, with how trans lives have been theorised, represented understood. In doing so, they consider how participants' narratives speak to other forms of knowledge in instructive ways. Through this approach, Lo engages with complexities relating to the spatialising of cis-heteronormative gender regimes and the production and disruption of the hegemonic binary gender order through embodied socio-spatial relations.