I am an assistant professor in the Cultural Geography group. My background is interdisciplinary with bachelor and master studies in sociology, social psychology and philosophy. I gained my PhD in human geography in 2011 from the University of Southampton, UK.
Everyday practices of health
My research contributes to contemporary and timely social science debates on everyday practices of health. Practices of health can be bodily, social, spatial, institutional and/or professional and involve a range of actors and geographical scales and may seek to produce healthier human-environment relationships through an array of activities that include care and healing, the prevention of illness or harm, and the cultivation of joy and hope. The practices of health that I have examined in my research to date range from individual bodily practices such as walking, cycling, and swimming, to community care of people with mental health issues, to the making of governmental health policies, to musical interventions in public spaces. My research interests reflect an overarching commitment to further our understanding of what it means to be ‘well enough’ in the 21st century.
My approach is qualitative and often ethnographic, combining theoretical insights from geography, sociology and urban studies in order to critically interrogate contemporary landscapes and practices of health and wellbeing.
Within the larger scope of everyday practices of health I have established two key research lines on:
My work provides insight into how health-related meaning is attached to different landscapes through everyday practices such as walking, cycling, swimming and bathing, but also how societal and medical ideas about health in relation to ‘green’ and ‘blue’ landscapes have changed over time and how these evolving ideas are reflected in healthcare and public health policy and politics.
Geographies of sound and music
My research on music in urban space examines how individuals, artists, planners and policymakers enlist music in efforts to create more positive and inclusive common spaces. I seek to understand how music can play a role in creating ‘healthier’ urban spaces that bring people together in ways that might help bridge social and spatial divisions.
I also examine the role of soundscape in the pursuit of wellbeing and the production of place. This has recently involved exploring the notion of silence, and how quiet places are produced, experienced and promoted in the domain of tourism.