Thesis Title: Different conceptions of place: Gilles de la Tourette syndrome and the significance of insignificant materiality
Primary Supervisor: Dr Jon Anderson
Secondary Supervisor: Prof Mara Miele
Reviewer: Dr Justin Spinney
Starting Date: January 2014
Completion Date: December 2016
Funding Source: School of Geography and Planning
MSc (by research) Human Geography and Planning, Utrecht University (2012)
BSc. Landscape Architecture and Spatial Planning, Wageningen University (2009)
Membership/ External Activities
School of Geography and Planning PhD Representative 2015/2016
Postgraduate Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (2016 - present)
- Human conditions such as Tourette syndrome, OCD, AHDH, ASD, Schizophrenia and depression
- Post-phenomenology & Poststructuralism
- Innovative methodologies
Employing a multi-disciplinary approach, this research examines the experiences of people with Tourette syndrome with their immediate socio-material environments by studying their involuntary urges and compulsive behaviours that instate physical interactions with elements of their material surroundings, and how their behaviour becomes accustomed to this. It aims to introduce new ways of theorizing person-place relations and 'knowing the world' through heightened sensitivity to affective materiality. The project will draw on and may contribute to poststructural and postphenomenological theory in human geography, embodiment in health and disability studies, and neuropsychiatric research on Tourette syndrome. Empirically it will be based on semi-structured interviews, ethnography by go-alongs and mobile eye-tracking followed by a semi-structured interview. In doing so, this research intends to aid in the development of behavioural therapies in order to increase the wellbeing of people with Tourette syndrome.
Four Undergraduate modules – Field study visit assistant
‘Developing Research Methods I’ – Teaching assistant
‘Culture, Space and Place’ – Field study visit assistant
PGT module ‘Sports, Body and Society’ at Cardiff School of Sport, Cardiff Metropolitan University – Guest lecturer
Treasurer of Symposium “Spaces of Desire: Remembrance and Civic Power” – Cardiff, June 30th & July 1st 2016. Sponsored by School of Geography and Planning 50th Anniversary (more information here).
Customer Case “Eye tracking used to understand Tourette syndrome” (more information here).
Video “Eye-tracking: Retracing visual perception in the everyday environments of people with Tourette's” (view video here).
A Researcher’s blog for Tourette’s Action (read blog here).