I am a human geographer interested in the social, cultural and political workings of the world around us.
As a geographer, my focus in on the relationships between people, space and place. When I look at the world, I see a world in which space matters. We don’t just live our lives outside of a geographical context; we live our lives in spaces and places. We engage with places, build places, destroy places. We establish norms through our everyday behaviours which engrain places with meanings. Sometimes, we work to challenge the ways in which we live in place, through acts of contestation and resistance. Spaces and places are not just the canvas of our lives, we are implicit in making this world around us, via the daily routines we enact in place and through the exceptional moments we may be a part of.
My interest in human geography began as an undergraduate student where I studied for a BSc (hons) in Human Geography and Town Planning (2006). Here I became interested in the social and political constructions of tourist places. I then went on to cement this interest, completing an MA in Cultural Geography (2007) where I continued to examine the relationship between place and tourism (but this time with reference to the material culture of souvenirs). Sponsored by an Economic and Social Research Council Grant, I then studied for a PhD in Human Geography (2011) at Royal Holloway, University of London. My thesis focused on ‘Floating places’; the social, cultural and political assemblage of ships.
From September 2011 to August 2012 I worked as a Teaching Associate in Human Geography in the Department of Geography, University of Sheffield. Between 2012 and 2016, I spent 4 years at the Department of Geography and Earth Sciences at Aberystwyth University.
I am now a Lecturer in Human Geography at the University of Liverpool.
I am currently publishing work concerning the waterworld, space, place and mobility. Details can be found in my publications.