Thesis Title [working title]: The Maritime Assemblage: A study of Superrich Mobility in the Cote d’Azur
First Supervisor: Dr Christopher Bear
Second Supervisor: Dr Jon Anderson
Start Date: January 2013
Completion Date: December 2015
Funding Source: The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) 1+3 Studentship
- MSc, Social Science Research Methods, Cardiff University (2012)
- BSc (Hons) Geography (Human) and Planning, First Class, Cardiff University (2011)
- Postgraduate Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society
- Conference Organization: Co-convener of Maritime Mobilities session at the RGS-IBG Annual International Conference, London, 2013.
Areas of Research Interest
- Geographies of the Sea, Ship, and Shore
- Assemblage Theory and Methods
- Mobilities and Mobile Methods
- Superrich Mobilities
Previously within geography and across the social sciences the sea has been perceived as 'a marginal region that has limited commonality with or impact on the physical and social processes that characterize the rest of the world' (Steinberg 1999: 367), whereas ships have been deemed 'heterotopias' and as 'places without a place' (Foucault 1986: 27). In addition, the shore is identified as a liminal space, one that is betwixt and between the functions of the mainland and the ocean (Shields 1991). In response I develop the maritime assemblage.
Specifically I look at how yacht crew facilitate superrich mobility and in what ways the two groups of actors enable or hinder the mobility and or experience of the sea, the ship, and the shore for each other. In addition I have argued that in order to understand these maritime spaces, it is essential to identify and account for the non-human agencies such as animals, marine and coastal geology, weather, and technology.
- To develop the case for a relational approach to conceptualizations of the sea in order to capture the inherent connectivity between sea, ship, and shore spaces.
- To develop an appropriate methodological framework for assemblage, particularly in relation to the sea, in order to enhance future assemblage studies.
- To introduce the superyacht and the superrich as an original case study to assemblage and mobilities fields. In turn, developing newly emerging geographies of the superrich and enhancing existing studies of mobilities and geographies of the sea.
RGS-IBG Annual International Conference, RGS London. "Awash with the Superrich: The Cote d’Azur and the Ship, Sea, Shore Assemblage" (2013).