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Dr Kim Kullman

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Professional biography

I am currently chairing the production of a new Geography module, which is due for completion in 2021. I am also a Centre Manager for the Joint Distance Education Consortium's MSc in Urban and Rural Planning. Before arriving at the Open University, I obtained a PhD from the University of Helsinki and worked as a Tutor at the University of Warwick and as a Research Associate at Goldsmiths College, University of London.

I am a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and the recipient of the Design Studies Award, granted by the Design Research Association and Design Studies journal. I have also conducted research for the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, as well as given invited talks for policymakers and practitioners within and outside the UK. 

Research interests

My research and writings fall broadly within social and cultural geography, revolving in particular around three closely related areas:

(1). Mobile pedagogies: I have a longstanding interest in the continuous learning, unlearning and relearning of everyday urban mobility among different groups, especially children and families. My work explores the transformative potential of such pedagogical moments for rethinking contemporary systems of travel and transport in cities.

Kullman, K (2015) Pedagogical assemblages: rearranging children’s traffic education. Social and Cultural Geography, 16: 255-275.

Kullman, K (2014) Children, urban care, and everyday pavements. Environment and Planning A, 46: 2864-2880.

Kullman, K (2010) Transitional geographies: making mobile children. Social and Cultural Geography, 11: 827-844.

(2). Design geographies: My recent research engages with architecture and design to investigate the knowledges and methods deployed by practitioners to shape urban environments that are responsive to the diverse bodies that inhabit and pass through them. I am specifically interested in the ethics and politics of built form.

Kullman, K (2017) Universalising and particularising design with Professor Kawauchi. In Spinney, J, Reimer, S & Pinch, P (eds.) Mobilising Design. Routledge: London.

Bates, C, Imrie, R & Kullman, K (eds.) (2017) Care and Design: Bodies, Buildings, Cities. Wiley-Blackwell: Oxford.

Kullman, K (2016) Prototyping bodies: a post-phenomenology of wearable simulations. Design Studies, 47: 73-90.

(3). Experimental methodologies: I have increasingly approached geographical enquiry as an experimental endeavour, where participants and researchers compose temporary set-ups to momentarily disrupt the practices of each other in order to reveal new possibilities in the everyday and explore more involved modes of social science.

Kullman, K (2014) The mobile life of screens: digital imaging on school journeys in Helsinki. In Bates, C (ed.) Video Methods: Social Science Research in Motion. Routledge: London.

Kullman, K (2013) Geographies of experiment / experimental geographies: a rough guide. Geography Compass, 7: 879-894.

Kullman, K (2012) Experiments with moving children and digital cameras. Children’s Geographies, 10: 1-16. 


Politics of dissensus in geographies of architecture: Testing equality at Ed Roberts Campus, Berkeley (2019-05-06)
Kullman, Kim
Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, 44(2) (pp. 284-298)

Pedagogical assemblages: rearranging children's traffic education (2015)
Kullman, Kim
Social & Cultural Geography, 16(3) (pp. 255-275)

Perennial Prototypes: Designing Science Exhibits with John Dewey (2018-03-15)
Kullman, Kim
In: Vermaas, Pieter E. and Vial, Stéphane eds. Advancements in the Philosophy of Design. Design Research Foundations (pp. 185-199)
ISBN : 978-3-319-73301-2 | Publisher : Springer