I am an urban cultural geographer and economic sociologist broadly interested in the intersections between mobility, embodiment, environmental sustainability and technology. These interests are underpinned by a political-economic focus on the production and maintenance of power and inequality and the application of post-structuralist theories including Social Practice Theory, Science and Technology Studies, Non Representational Theory and Actor Network Theory. My research progresses this agenda through four intersecting themes: (i) the governance of mobility; (ii) affect, emotion and sensory geographies; (iii) visual culture, design and technology; and (iv) mobile methods.
In addition to informing my teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, these research interests have resulted in a number of high quality research publications and conference presentations. They are currently being taken forward in the cross-council funded PRICELESS Design project. Running from October 2013 – 2016 the project seeks to understand how we can enhance older people’s experience of cycling in relation to the built environment. Having completed pilot research I am also currently working on a proposal to better understand interactions between HGV drivers and cyclists in urban areas. This project not only seeks to map the sensory experiences of these divergent practices but ultimately to re-shape the design of the HGV.
- BA Geography, Environment, and Development, University of Sussex 1998.
- MA Cultural Geography, Royal Holloway University of London, 2003.
- PhD Human Geography, Royal Holloway University of London, 2008.
I am an urban cultural geographer and economic sociologist broadly interested in the intersections between mobility, embodiment, environmental sustainability and technology. These interests are underpinned by a political-economic focus on the production and maintenance of power and inequality and the application of post-structuralist theories including Social Practice Theory, Science and Technology Studies, Non Representational Theory and Actor Network Theory. My research progresses this agenda through four intersecting themes:
(i) The governance of mobility
This theme seeks to understand the marginalization of particular styles of mobile practice; particularly the role of space, legal frameworks, design tools, planning regulations and embodied movement in disciplining mobile subjects and governing processes of inclusion and exclusion in urban spaces.
(ii) Affect/ emotions/ sensory geographies
My interests here lie in how sensory and affective capacities (such as anxiety, fear, comfort) are produced; how they are (re)shaped through the life-course, and by gender, ethnicity and geography; how they escalate, and how they relate to energy using practices, particularly with regard to mobile and domestic practices and housing design.
(iii) Visual culture, design and technology
The theme explores the role of design and technology - particularly visual and mobile technologies - in shaping experience and producing subjectivities and identities; the role of designers and consumer facing business functions in constructing, mediating and translating product qualities; and the processes through which consumers translate between social and economic registers.
(iv) Mobile methods
I have a critical interest in the extent to which the study of mobility requires new and adapted methods. In particular the use of video and visual methods, the use of GPS, qualitative GIS and new sensor technology to both evoke and represent non-representable aspects of mobile practice.
Oct 2013-2016: 'Promoting Independent Cycling for Enhancing Later-life Experience and Social Synergy through Design' (PrICELESS Design). EPSRC/ESRC/AHRC 'Lifelong Health and Wellbeing' theme. £1.3 million, Co-I with Dr Tim Jones (PI Oxford Brookes), Kiron Chaterjee (Co-I UWE) & Emma Street (Co-I Reading).
April – May 2012: 'HGV and Cyclist Interactions' - University of East London Research Development fund. £5,000.
March 2011-2012: 'Making Mobile Mothers' Royal Geographical Society Small Grant. £2,970.
2010 – Present: Laura Golbuff ESRC-UKTRC funded PhD exploring the impact of Cycle Blogs on policy knowledges in the cities of London and New York (second supervisor with Dr Rachel Aldred at Westminster University).