I’m a lecturer in Sociology at Goldsmiths, University of London interested in how people make a place for themselves in and across places. What shapes, enables and limits these spatial practices? How do these practices intersect with other forms of power, control, histories to produce spaces? How do everyday spatial practices impact on a person’s sense of self?
Previous research projects have included ethnographic research with young homeless people in London and an examination of the relationship between the middle classes and the city in Paris and London. I’m currently working on two ESRC funded projects. ‘The Choreography of Everyday Multiculture: Bowling together?’ is funded through the Future Research Leaders scheme. This research examines the dynamics of contemporary leisure space in the context of changing discourses of what makes ‘good’ urban space and processes of urban change in London. I’m also a co-investigator on the project ‘Go Home: Mapping Immigration Controversies’ exploring the impacts of recent anti-immigration campaigns coming from the UK government.
This blog is an attempt to pull together the work I do across different projects (and will no doubt also come to host musings on films, urban encounters, maybe even scones).
Before any of this I was a bass player, a record shop assistant and a cinema usher.