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Interested in supervising and collaborating on projects exploring urban space/place; radical politics (offline/online); comparative urbanism; critical approaches to planning and regeneration; social movements and activism (especially art-led and LGBTQ movements), masculinities, and urban cultural analyses (e.g., representations of the urban through film, literature, mixed medias).

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Research interests

My research cuts across urban, political, and cultural geography and explores questions of urban space, place, power, politics, and platforms. In my work I utilize a mix of qualitative methods, including site-based ethnographies in comparative urban settings from Southeast Asia, to the UK and Central Europe, to the United States; as well as digital ethnography and mixed media analyses.

In particular, I focus on:

  • The nature of urban public space offline and online
  • The political geographies of authoritarianism and the far right
  • The relationship between digital platforms and the formation of identity, community, and understandings of place
  • Representations and understandings of the urban through mixed media, popular culture, film, literature
  • Cultural activism / creative resistance in comparative urban contexts
  • Masculinities across changing landscapes 

I have authored academic papers and chapters on the above themes, including two edited volumes (2017 and 2022) and an upcoming monograph entitled The Illiberal City: Comparative Urban (Re)actions through Space, Territory, and Culture (Bristol University Press, 2024 expected). 


I am a Human Geographer and a member of the Social and Cultural Geographies Research Group at Northumbria. My research focuses on the cultures, politics, contestations, and textures of urban space and place. 

Previously, I was a lecturer in the College of Environmental Design at the University of California, Berkeley,  where I also directed the post-baccalaureate summer programme in City Planning, [IN]City, in 2019. Other prior academic posts include the Urban Studies programs at the University of San Francisco and San Francisco State University (from 2016-2019), and the UK-US Fulbright Summer Institute at King's College London (from 2012-2014). 

My doctoral work explored cultural activism and the role of arts and creative spaces in authoritarian contexts (focusing on Southeast Asia), and the importance of digital space for civil society and grassroots resistance. I conducted fieldwork in Singapore from 2012-2014. 

Before moving into academic research, I worked with public and private-sector organizations in urban planning, regeneration, and economic development in the UK, United States, and Australia, and I was an EPSRC Urban Sustainability Fellow with the University of Birmingham and CH2M Hill in 2011-2012. I received an MA in Urban Regeneration and Development from the University of Manchester and BS in City and Regional Planning from Cornell University.

I am currently a committee member of the RGS-IBG Social and Cultural Geography Research Group, Associate Editor of The Journal of Urban Affairs (2021-2026), and an Associate Editor of The Journal of Urban Cultural Studies (since 2017). I am a senior fellow with the Far Right Analysis Network (FRAN), since 2021. 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth

Education/Academic qualification

Geography, PhD, Creative Singapore, Paradoxes and Possibilities: The Geographies of Cultural Activism in an Authoritarian City-State, King's College London

1 Apr 201130 Jun 2016

Award Date: 30 Jun 2016


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