Miss Katherine Stansfeld

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PhD in Social and Cultural Geography, Royal Holloway, University of London (2014 – 2019)

Supervisors: Professor Philip Crang, Dr Gwilym Eades, Jenny Harding (OS), Jeremy Morley (OS)

Funded by a CASE Award +3 Studentship from the Economic and Social Research Council’s (ESRC) South East Doctoral Training Centre and Ordnance Survey (OS).

Title: ‘Mapping multiplicity: place, difference and conviviality in Finsbury Park, London’.

My research explores the production of place, and the experience of living together in the urban and superdiverse neighbourhood of Finsbury Park, London. It uses a critical ethnographic and mapping methodology to explore the multiplicity of space and relationality of place. Its key aim was to investigate how the production of everyday meanings and experiences of place affect urban conviviality, the way we live together with difference. It also seeks to understand what this ‘multiplicity of place’ means for 'vernacular geographies', for how individuals construct a sense of spatial identity or situated subjectivity. Drawing on wider arguments for the ‘thrown-togetherness’ of place, the project is interested in how contemporary cartographic and geographic information can map places as constellations of trajectories.

The project encompassed an extensive literature review, a variety of empirical research methods including in-depth ethnography, use of visual methods (photography and video), interviewing and focus groups and participatory mapping methods. During my PhD I also did a variety of teaching, presenting at conferences, symposiums and seminars and publishing in various formats.

For more information see my PhD research website: https://mappingsuperdiversity.wordpress.com/ 

My academic background as well as being based in Social, Urban and Cultural Geography, is in Sociology and Cultural Studies and I completed my MA in 'Critical and Creative Analysis' at Goldsmiths College, University of London and my Bsc. in Sociology at University of Bristol. I am also a photographer and visual urbanist. For more information on my research and visual work see my website: https://cargocollective.com/kstansfeld

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