Lucy Baker

Lucy Baker

Research student, School of Geography and Planning

Email:
bakerl5@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 208 76015
Location:
-1.25, Glamorgan Building, King Edward VII Avenue, Cardiff, CF10 3WT

The research areas I am interested in are transportation, culture, development and mobilities. I’m particularly interested in mobilities of the Global South, wellbeing, and the governance and politics of mobility and development. I use both qualitative and quantitative methods and with a BA in Fine Arts I have an interest in using drawing as a research tool for ethnography, mapping and interviewing.

Research interests

Key areas of interest are mobility and transportation, particularly in the context of the Global South. My PhD involves qualitative research on mobility in the Northern region of Namibia.

I'm interested in how mobilities are designed, the politics of mobility and how policy and materials are transferred globally in the development of transportation systems.

I am also interested in consumption and the socio-material culture of economics and bring in theories of modernity and post-colonialism to examine producer-consumer relationships. My PhD study has involved second-hand objects associated with flows of waste, recycling and the revaluing of disposed objects.

Thesis

Constructing Mobile Development Subjects: A Case Study of Second-hand Bicycles in Namibia

Taking a case study of second-hand bicycles shipped by international NGOs, my thesis explores how development subjects are constructed within the context of mobilities, how they subscribe to and reject these constructs and how the process is shaped by material objects and human actors.


These relationships are produced politically and I am interested in theories of post-colonialism, modernity, actor-networks, consumption, mobilities, development, materiality, Script Analysis, flows of waste and play in the context of mobility and urban planning. Overall the thesis argues for a more heterogeneous understanding and framing of development subjects and their mobility, which is more than just rational and utilitarian, but also entangles consumption, development, identity construction, fashion and play.


Start Date: October 2014 Completion Date: March 2018

Funding source

Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)

Dr Justin Spinney

Dr Justin Spinney

Lecturer in Human Geography

Dr Tom Smith

Dr Tom Smith

Lecturer in Human Geography