Miss Hannah Awcock

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Personal profile

I am a historical and cultural geographer interested in protest and resistance, with a particular focus on London.

My PhD research was on the relationship between space, place, and protest in London between 1780 and 2010. I combined a longue duree approach with in-depth case studies, whcih allowed me to identify long-term trends as well as conduct detailed empirical analysis. My four case studies were: the Gordon Riots (1780); the Hyde Park Railings Affair (1866); the Battle of Cable Street (1936); and the Student Tuition Fee Demonstrations (2010). I also looked at four main themes: communication and organisation; control of, and access to, public space; commemoration and memory; and repertoires of protest. 

In 2013, I completed a Masters in Cultural Geography during which I wrote a dissertation on communication and organisation in the Gordon Riots in 1780.

Research interests

I am interested in the historical and cultural geographies of protest and dissent. I approach this topic from a variety of angles, including: the way protesters communicate and organise during protests; how protesters and authorities contest and negotiate who controls public space, who can access it, and what behaviours are considered acceptable; how historic protests are remembered and commemorated, and how the memory of them is retold and reused; and how repertoires of protest change over time and across space. 

I am also interested in the geographies of protest stickers, thinking about questions such as: what purpose do they serve? why do people produce them? how does their distribution vary across different spaces? how do the public interact them? what impact do they have on public space?


At Royal Holloway, I taught on a variety of undergraduate and postgraduate modules which involved: writing and delivering lectures, running seminars, designing and running tutorials, and marking. I was also a member of staff on the second year undergraduate field trip to New York City in 2015 and 2016. This involved designing a small group project, organising activities in New York, and supervising individual student research projects. 

At Oxford Brookes University, I was responsible for the third year undergraduate module called Future Cities. This entailed writing and delivering lectures, designing and marking assessments, and managing a virtual learning environment.

I am currently a Lecturer in Human Geography at the University of Central Lancashire. I am involved in the delivery of a variety of undergraduate modules, including those relating to research methods, undergraduate dissertations, and a variety of branches of human geography. 

Educational background

2018- PhD Geography, Royal Holloway, University of London.

2013- MA Cultural Geography (Research) (Distinction), Royal Holloway, University of London.

2012- BSc with Honours Geography (First Class), Royal Holloway, University of London.

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