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Place, space and belonging

a variety of graphic art

An investigation into the politics of urban culture, place and space is a central focus of research in this area, particularly the role of power in shaping urban cultural practices and the production of city spaces. Substantively, this includes a concern with issues of the constitution of life in cities around the world, subjectivity and experience, corporeality and affect, the production and circulation of cultural artefacts and imaginations, democracy and political cultures. These concerns are developed in close engagement with empirically grounded research on topics such as urban culture and urban politics (Creating Hackney as home), visual and aural cultures (Architectural atmospheres: the impact of digital technologies on architectural design practice), democracy and public life, and gender and mobility (Creating the ‘new’ Asian woman).

Qualifications available:

PhD and MPhil


For detailed information on current fees visit Fees and funding.

Entry requirements:

Minimum 2:1 (or equivalent)

Potential research projects

Applications are welcome to study any topic that resonates with the concerns of the OpenSpace Research Centre or Geography discipline more broadly.

Current/recent research projects

  • Creating Hackney as home
  • Architectural atmospheres, branding and the social: the role of digital visualizing technologies in contemporary architectural practice
  • Creating the ‘new’ Asian woman

Further information

If you have an enquiry specific to this research area please contact:

Andrea Yorke
+44 (0)1908 654456

For general enquiries please contact the Research Degrees Team via the link under 'Your Questions' on the right of the page.