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 Amy Walker

Amy Walker

Research student, School of Geography and Planning

Biography

Qualifications
  • MSc Social Science Research Methods (Sociology), Cardiff University (2015-2016)

    Dissertation: “They don’t like to talk about it”: (Re)constructing silence and memory in Aberfan, Wales

  • BA Geography, University of Leicester, First Class (2011-2014)

    Awards: Leicester Award for Employability, David Turnock Award (2014), James Patterson Award, University of Leicester Department of Geography, College of Science and Engineering Award (2013)

    Dissertation: “Black Country Blokes”: Investigating Place Attachment and Performative Masculinity in the Post Industrial Black Country

External Activities / Membership
  • Geography and Planning PhD Representative (2017-present)
  • RGS Postgrad Fellow (2017-present)
  • Research Assistant, University of Leicester (2014-2015)- AHRC Funded Connected Communities Projects, 'Affective Digital Histories: Recreating Deindustrialised Spaces 1970s-Present'

Teaching

2016/17
  • Making Knowledge: Evidence and Practice - Seminar Tutor
  • Research Dissertation - Teaching Assistant
  • Researching Contemporary Issues in Tanzania - Field Study Assistant
2015/16
  • Researching Contemporary Issues in Tanzania - Field Study Assistant
  • ‘Developing Research Methods I’ (mobile and sonic methods session) - Seminar Leader

Research interests

  • Heritage, Collective Memory and Familial Biographies
  • (Post)Industrial Communities
  • Family and the everyday
  • Emotional, affective and material theories
  • Ethnographic and creative methods
  • Historical Geography

Thesis

[working title] Industrial Heritage: Identity, Family, and Memory in (Post)Industrial Communities

Amy’s research project seeks to engage with debates surrounding heritage, place-identity and post-industrial communities to consider how industrial heritage impacts and is embedded in the everyday lives of individuals that live in communities once defined by their industry. This is aiming to contribute to understandings of how places and communities are defined by the continual invocation of this industrial past in the contemporary context. Problematising how these communities are understood as ‘post’-industrial, this project aims to focus on the contemporary traces of these industrial pasts, as collective, familial, and individual, or as material, affective, narrative, and unspoken. By engaging with these relationships with the past, the research asks how these pasts are used to construct everyday practices, relationships, identities, place-attachments and political perspectives of the past, present and future.

Methodologically speaking, this project draws on practices of ethnography and the ‘go-along’, as well as ideas of ‘messy’ and adaptive methods, to interrogate the multiplicities of memory within the research context. This aims to not only engage with memory as an individual v. collective phenomenon, but also to consider the material, spatial, political, emotive and affective resonances associated with the industrial heritage, through the adoption of ethnographic and mobile methods.

Funding source

Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) 1+3 Studentship

Mark Jayne

Professor Mark Jayne

Professor of Human Geography

Dr Kate Moles

Lecturer