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Space and Place

This interdisciplinary group is interested in the built and natural environment, and the political, economic and cultural dynamics which shape them.

Our group concerned with the way in which space is shaped by cultural, social, economic, and political dynamics. Our areas of research encompass planning, design, geography, urban studies, and education studies. Our group brings together researchers with both professional and academic backgrounds and we are particularly interested in the ways in which academic research can have a direct impact on the human and natural environments.

Research in action:
Through participation in professional networks, research partnerships, knowledge exchange, and consultancy our researchers put their knowledge into action. Previous research projects have included collaborations with planners across Europe (Neil Adams and Phil Pinch), and international stakeholders in urban agriculture (Antonia Noussia).

Areas of Expertise:
Our researchers have interests in topics including: cities, urban politics, housing, environmental planning and climate change, urban design, European planning, planning in the Baltic states, urban agriculture, creative practice, events and creative industries, urban and culture-led regeneration, forest schools and outdoor learning.

Members Include:
  • Dr Sam Johnson-Schlee
  • Dr Sophie Elsmore
  • Dr Philip Pinch
  • Dr Kevin Milburn
  • Neil Adams
  • Dr Antonia Noussia
  • Dr Saranzaya Manalsuren
  • Sophie Mackay
  • Hannah Northrop
  • Nelly Alfandari
  • Jayshree Astley
  • Graham Audley
  • Gualtiero Bonvino
  • Alex Prior
  • Enrico Tommarchi
  • Corrina Woolmer

21/22 Seminar series (upcoming events):

  • 4th May: Sophie Elsmore(LSBU): “Navigating London’s housing geographies: the commodification of housing and the survival of the financially fittest”, hosted on zoom

21/22 Seminar series (past events):

  • 9th March: Kevin Milburn and Corinna Woolmar (LSBU): "Building back better? Post-pandemic opportunities for new practices in the live music industry",  hosted on zoom
  • 9th February: Enrico Tommarchi (LSBU) and Davide Ponzini (Polytechnic of Milan): "The New Arab Urban: Gulf Cities of Wealth, Ambition, and Distress", hosted on zoom
  • 13th October 2021: Research group showcase.
  • 10th November 2021: Alex Prior: “The reinforcement and disruption of the UK’s parliamentary narratives through new visual cues” Gualtiero Bonvino: “The planning complexities of funding public transport with transit-oriented development based value capture approaches: the cases of Rome and Turin”
  • 8th December: Hannah Northrop: Net-zero and the implications for planning practice Sam Johnson-Schlee: Gaseous domesticities: How does culture shape our relationship to domestic energy?

Our members have published in leading international journals, including: Geoforum, Urban Geography, Social and Cultural Geography, Regional Studies, Journal of Housing and Built Environment, Journal of Cultural Economy, and the London Journal.

Our members have won research funding for a range of projects including:

  • Global Challenges Networking Fund
  • British Academy/Newton Mobility Grant
  • 2017-2018: ESPON ‘Comparison of European Planning Systems and Territorial Governance’ (COMPASS)
  • 2012-2013: ESPON ‘Key Indicators for Territorial Cohesion’ (KITCASP) financed by the ESPON 2013 Programme with partners in the UK (London South Bank University), Ireland (National Institute for Regional and Spatial Analysis), Iceland (University of Akureyri Research Centre), Latvia (Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences) and Spain (Technical University of Catalonia).
  • 2009-2012: ESPON ‘Potential of Rural Regions’ (PURR), financed by the ESPON 2013 Programme with partners in the UK (London South Bank University), Norway (Norwegian Institute for Urban and Regional Research) and Latvia (Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences).

Our members have contributed to the LSBU #Write4Change Blog:

The Space and Place Research group is happy to supervise projects in relevant areas of research. As a masters or doctoral student supervised by a member of this group, you will receive support from the wider research group and the research centre. If you are interested to apply for a masters or doctoral at LSBU on this theme, get in touch with the following academics listed below: