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 Diana Beljaars

Diana Beljaars

Myfyriwr ymchwil, Ysgol Cynllunio a Daearyddiaeth

-1.02, Adeilad Morgannwg, Rhodfa’r Brenin Edward VII, Caerdydd, CF10 3WA

Mae'r cynnwys hwn ar gael yn Saesneg yn unig.


  • MSc (by research) Human Geography and Planning, Utrecht University (2012)
  • BSc. Landscape Architecture and Spatial Planning, Wageningen University (2009)
External Activities / Membership
  • Geography and Planning PhD Representative 2015/2016
  • Postgraduate Representative of the History and Philosophy of Geography Research Group (HPGRG) of the Royal Geographical Society (2016 - present)
  • Postgraduate Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (2016 - present)

Innovation and Engagement


  • ‘Introducing Research Methods’ – Lecturer
  • ‘Geographical Ideas’ – Seminar leader
  • ‘Research Dissertation’ – Teaching 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

  • 4 Undergraduate modules – Field study visit assistant

Diddordebau ymchwil

  • Human conditions such as Tourette syndrome, OCD, AHDH, ASD, Schizophrenia and depression
  • Post-phenomenology & Poststructuralism
  • Innovative methodologies
  • STS


Postgraduate taught

  • Lecturer on 'Research Methods’ ('16/'17)
  • Guest lecturer on ‘Sports, Body and Society’ at Cardiff School of Sport, Cardiff Metropolitan University ('15/'16)

Undergraduate (selection) 

  • Lecturer on ‘Introducing Research Methods’ ('16/'17)
  • Seminar leader on ‘Border Spaces: Identities, Politics, and Cultures in a Globalising World’ ('17/'18), ‘Geographical Ideas’ ('16/'17), ‘Making Knowledge: Evidence and Practice' ('17/'18)
  • Field Study Visit teaching assistence in Amsterdam ('15/'16 and '17/'18) and Brussels ('15/'16)
  • Marker on various modules

Traethawd ymchwil

Geographies of compulsive bodies: Tourette syndrome and the significance of insignificant materiality

This research searches to introduce a new conceptualisation of the relationships between people and places as driven by compulsivity such as induced by Tourette syndrome. The compulsive interactions people with Tourette syndrome have with elements of their surroundings are unintentional, involuntary, irrational, and have no meaning. They simply follow up on the urge that compels them to touch and/or order certain materiality in certain ways.

Research methods included in-depth interviews, participant observation performed as go-alongs, and wearable mobile eye-tracking that records visual attention during daily activity performance. This combination of methods produced a conception of compulsive life ranging from life history to highly detailed perception of the social material environment before, during and after the performance of individual compulsive acts. As founded in poststructuralism and post-phenomenology, this research contributes to current research by laying the basis of a compulsive geography with a new ontology of person-place interactions, and instigating a new theoretical geographical approach to human conditions – Tourette syndrome in particular. Additionally, with eye-tracking it develops visual methods for the social sciences more broadly.

To this end, the research aims to contribute in the development of behavioural therapies for those with Tourette syndrome, in addition to raising awareness of this disorder in academia and beyond.

Ffynhonnell ariannu

School of Geography and Planning

Yr Athro Jon Anderson

Reader in Human Geography

Mara Miele

Yr Athro Mara Miele

Professor in Human Geography

Dr Justin Spinney

Lecturer in Human Geography