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Head of Weeks Centre at LSBU awarded British Academy fellowship

22 April 2013

Professor Yvette Taylor, Head of the Weeks Centre for Social and Policy Research at London South Bank University (LSBU), has been awarded a prestigious mid-career fellowship from the British Academy for the Humanities and Social Sciences.

Professor Taylor is one of 38 elected to the fellowship this year who have achieved distinction in the humanities and social sciences. She receives the fellowship for a project titled 'Critical Terrain, Dividing Lines & Lives: Re-Placing North-South Regionalism'.

Through this research, Professor Taylor explores the processes that shape, make and re-make younger people's 'regional maps', asking how regionalised identities, communities and geographies are produced.

The research will establish interlinked exhibitions in the North and South titled 'Walking The Lines: The North by the South, The South by the North', and a cross-institutional seminar series will also be established.

This follows Professor Taylor's ESRC-funded research, published as the book Fitting Into Place? Class and Gender Geographies and Temporalities, which was concerned with the ways people come to 'fit' place, or not, and what consequences that has for individuals, families and communities.

On the news of her fellowship, Professor Taylor said: "I am delighted to receive this recognition from the British Academy, especially in light of the extremely competitive nature of the awards.

"This mid-career award, which attends to regional inequalities in a climate of austerity - and particularly how these are experienced by young people - feels like a massive recognition of my long-standing work on class inequality as felt, placed and negotiated in everyday space.

"These are concerns shared with my colleagues at the Weeks Centre and its three core groups of Families and Social Capital; International Development, Emergencies and Refugee Studies; and Crime and Criminal Justice - all of whom are excited about my award and the future capacity that it fosters."

The award provides more than £150,000 to the Weeks Centre, representing a solid investment in the Centre's developing international profile.

Professor Taylor has also held a Fulbright Scholarship at Rutgers University (2010-11) and visiting fellowships at Concordia, McGill and ANU.

Find out more about the Weeks Centre for Social and Policy Research at London South Bank University.

 
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