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 Edith England

Edith England

Research student, School of Geography and Planning

Overview

I am a PhD student in my third year of study.

My research interests intersect governmentality/biopolitics, and feminist theory. Methodologically, I am especially interested in exploring ways in which the power of the academy can be visabilised, acknowledged, and opened up to challenge.

Research

Research interests

My research interests intersect governmentality/biopolitics, and feminist theory. Methodologically, I am especially interested in exploring ways in which the power of the academy can be visabilised, acknowledged, and opened up to challenge. My broad research agenda includes exploring:

  • The weaponisation of citizenship (particularly responsibilisation, empowerment and resilience) as a technology of state withdrawal;
  • Frontline worker subjectivities: precarity, emotional labour, and atomisation;
  • Potential routes to reclamation of “vulnerability” as both failure and resistance, within governmentality theories.

Thesis

Responsibilisation at the frontlines: the role of encounters with street level bureaucrats in (re)shaping the citizenship of applicants to the Welsh homelessness system

Interviews with nearly 100 applicants and council staff supported by ethnographic observations to explore how new homeless legislation has contributed to a re-appraisal of citizenship among homelessness applicants in terms of responsibility, resilience and empowerment.

Funding source

UK Centre of Collaborative Housing Research

Supervisors

Dr Scott Orford

Professor Scott Orford

Professor in Spatial Analysis and GIS, Director of Postgraduate Taught Studies

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