Miss Emily Hopkins

Supervised by

  • Oli Mould First/primary/lead supervisor

    1/10/17 → …

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Funded by the South East Doctoral Training Centre and ESRC, my PhD focuses on urban spaces, creative policy and the notion of ordinariness. This PhD will be supervised by Dr Oli Mould and Professor Harriet Hawkins. Recent urban geographical interests focus on the idea of 'mid-sized cities' and critiques of the idea of the 'creative city'. Mid-sized UK cities will be used as case studies to explore the idea of social and economic possibility that is attached to creative policies, in order to address concerns with policy tactics and its effect on social justice. In-depth ethnography focused at both a stakeholder and community level aims to address the practices of urban place making, vernacular creativity and community inclusivity. My research hopes to address the importance of local, lived experiences of place. 

My PhD intertwines themes from urban, cultural and social geographies. These themes interlink with my broader interests in citizenship, everyday banality, creative practices and artful geographies. I hope to build on previous knowledge gained from my BSc in Geography and MA in Cultural Geography, both undertaken at Royal Holloway. 

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