Thesis Title [working title]: Superrich Seascapes: Exploring the Social and Cultural Geographies of Superrich Mobility
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)
Memberships / External Activities
- Postgraduate Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (since 2012)
- Postgraduate representative of the Royal Geographical Society- Institute of British GeographersSocial and Cultural Geography Research Group (2013- present)
Using the original case study of the luxury superyacht industry, this ethnographic study explores the social and cultural geographies of superrich mobility.
Contributing to contemporary debates in mobilities studies the aim is to unravel the processes and relations between people and places that enable superrich mobility.
The outcome is to present a contemporary account of the global superrich, the ways in which they mobilize, their motives for doing so, the limitations of their mobility, and the social and physical influences that this mobility has on the people and places in which they fleetingly engage.
Spence E (2014) Unraveling the Politics of Super-rich Mobility: A Study of Crew and Guest on Board Luxury Yachts Mobilities Vol. 9 (3) DOI: 10.1080/17450101.2014.946772
Spence, E. (2014) Towards a more-than-sea geography: exploring the relational geographies of superrich mobility between sea, superyacht and shore in the Cote d'Azur. Area 46: 203–209. doi: 10.1111/area.12101
Spence, E. (In press) ‘Performing wealth and status: Observing superyachts and the superrich in Monaco’, in Hay, I. and J. Beaverstock (eds) International Handbook of Wealth and the Superrich, Edward Elgar
Spence, E. (2014) ‘A day in the life of a (super)yachtie’ The Marine Quarterly Autumn (14)
Conference/ Workshop Papers
‘Superrich Seascapes: Exploring the social and cultural geographies of superrich mobility’ poster presentation, ESRC Final Year Conference, Oxford University, April 2015
‘Superrich Seascapes’ paper presentation for Cities and the Superrich conference, Department of Public Policy, City University of Hong Kong, January 2015
‘The Social and Cultural Geographies of Superrich Mobility: Reflections from the field’ in Doing Ethnography in Hyper Mobile Fields: Methodological Challenges session, Networked Urban Mobilities- Cosmobilities Network, Aalborg University, Copenhagen, November 2014
'Visual Methodologies' for the Innovative Methodologies workshop presented atthe RGS-IBG Postgraduate Mid-term Conference, Loughborough University, April 2014. With Richard Scriven and Dr Robin Smith. Session sponsored by the RGS-IBG Social and Cultural Geography Research Group.
“The more-than-sea geographies of superrich mobility” research overview presented at RGS-IBG Postgraduate Forum Mid-term Conference, Loughborough University, April 2014.
"Towards a more-than-sea geography" presented at Sea Narratives Symposium, Institute of Advanced Studies, University of Warwick, Jan 2014.
"Bridging the land-sea divide: Towards a more-than-sea geography" presented at RGS-IBG Annual International Conference, London, Aug 2013.
Co-convener of Provocations and Possibilities ‘in’ and ‘of’ the Anthropocene: Postgraduate Snapshots, RGS-IBG Annual International Conference, Exeter, August 2015. Session sponsored by the RGS-IBG Postgraduate Forum and the RGS-IBG Social and Cultural Geography Research Group.
Co-convener of Post-graduate Snapshots: Engagements with Social and Cultural Geography at the RGS-IBG Annual International Conference, London, Aug 2014 (with Richard Scriven). Sponsored by the RGS-IBG PGF and RGS-IBG Social and Cultural Research Group.
Co-convener of Innovative Methodologies workshop at the RGS-IBG Postgraduate Mid-term Conference, Loughborough University, April 2014. With Richard Scriven and Dr Robin Smith. Session sponsored by the RGS-IBG Social and Cultural Geography Research Group.
Convener of Maritime Mobilities session at the RGS-IBG Annual International Conference, London, Aug 2013.