Jen Owen

Jen Owen

Research student, School of Geography and Planning

Email:
owenj4@cardiff.ac.uk
Location:
-1.02 Glamorgan Building, Glamorgan Building, King Edward VII Avenue, Cardiff, CF10 3WT

Biography

Qualifications
  • PhD Human Geography, Cardiff University (2014- )

    Thesis: 'Out of Sight, Out of Mind' - The Hidden Life of Belongings: Self-storage, Attachment and Divestment

  • MSc Human Geography: Society and Space, University of Bristol (2013-2014)

    Dissertation: Memories in the Eaves: Agency, Purgatory and the Ultra-Back – An Investigation into the British Attic

  • BSc (Hons) Geography (Human) and Planning, Class: 2.1,Cardiff University (2010-2013)

    Dissertation: Sandford or Wells, Home of Hot Fuzz? – Traces, Perception and Time

Awards
  • Ruby and Will George Trust £1000 grant towards MSc fees
  • University of Bristol, School of Geographical Sciences £1000 MSc bursary
External Activities / Membership
  • Postgraduate Representative of the Royal Geographical Society (RGS) Social and Cultural Geography Research Group (SCGRG) (2017- present)
  • Geography and Planning PhD Representative (2015-2016)
  • ESRC-funded internship with BarryIdeasBank (Oct-Nov 2015)
  • Postgraduate Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (2014- present)
  • Volunteer Researcher at Ordnance Survey GeoVation Innovation Camps (2012- 2014)

Innovation and Engagement

Conference Organisation
  • Co-organiser of Uncomfortable Geographies at the RGS-IBG Annual International Conference, Cardiff, Aug 2018 (with Amy Walker and Ant Ince). Co-sponsored by RGS-IBG Social and Cultural Geography Research Group and Political Geography Research Group.
  • Co-organiser of To have and to hoard: Unpacking material geographies of excess and abundance at the RGS-IBG Annual International Conference, Cardiff, Aug 2018 (with Alex Miller).
  • Co-organiser of Postgraduate Snapshots in/of the Landscape at the RGS-IBG Annual International Conference, Cardiff, Aug 2018 (with Maddy Thompson). Sponsored by RGS-IBG Social and Cultural Geography Research Group.
  • Co-convenor of the Royal Geographical Society (RGS) Postgraduate Mid-Term Conference at Cardiff University, 19th-21st April 2017

Research interests

  • Everyday geographies
  • Material culture
  • Mobility and life course
  • Consumption
  • Emotional and sensory methodologies

Teaching

2017/18
  • ‘Border Spaces: Identities, Cultures and Politics in a Globalising World’ – Seminar leader
  • ‘Researching Contemporary Issues in Hong Kong’ – Field study visit assistant
  • ‘Developing Research Methods I’ (mobile and sonic methods session) – Seminar leader
  • ‘Research Dissertation’ – Teaching assistant
2016/17
  • ‘Study Skills’ – Seminar leader
  • ‘Researching Contemporary Issues in Amsterdam’ – Field study visit assistant
  • ‘Research Dissertation’ – Teaching assistant
2015/16
  • ‘Geographical Ideas’ – Seminar leader
  • ‘Study Skills’ – Seminar leader
  • ‘Researching Contemporary Issues in Hong Kong’ – Field study visit assistant and guest lecturer
  • ‘Research Dissertation’ – Teaching assistant
2014/15
  • ‘Study Skills’ – Seminar leader
  • ‘Industrial and Urban Transitions in Hong Kong’ – Field study visit co-ordinator

Thesis

'Out of Sight, Out of Mind' - The Hidden Life of Belongings: Self-storage, Attachment and Divestment

Jen’s PhD research examines what the growth of the self-storage industry in the UK can tell us about our modern material lives. By examining the changing landscape of storage and how we use it she hopes to gain an understanding of how the needs of individuals, families and businesses have changed over the last half century. To do so she has been conducting research with self-storage users to learn about their motivations to rent self-storage, material and spatial practices, as well as the stories behind the (often) dormant objects.

Funding source

Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) +3 Studentship

Professor Jon Anderson

Professor in Human Geography, Director of Learning and Teaching

Mark Jayne

Professor Mark Jayne

Professor of Human Geography

Rachel Hurdley

Dr Rachel Hurdley

Research Fellow

2018

2017

2015

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