Spaces & Flows: Eighth International Conference on Urban and ExtraUrban Studies features research addressing the following annual themes and the 2017 Special Focus
Andy is an internationally acclaimed expert on the topic of the cultural industries. He has held academic appointments at University College London (Bartlett School of Planning) and LSE (Geography, and Urban Research Centre), King’s College, London (Culture, Media and Creative Industries). He joined City University London in 2013. Andy established and was Director of the Urban Research Centre at LSE, founding chair of the Department of Culture, Media and Creative Industries at KCL; and is currently Director of the Centre for Culture and the Creative Industries at City University.
Zoë is a Senior Lecturer in Media and Cultural Studies at Leeds Beckett University. Her work at the intersection of cultural sociology and media and cultural studies focuses on urban change, space, place and media cultures, and everyday life. Her recent book Urban Constellations: Spaces of Cultural Regeneration in Post-Industrial Britain (Ashgate, 2015) investigates the iconic cultural venues of contemporary British cities as engines of regeneration, in relation to the work of cultural theorists Walter Benjamin and Jean Baudrillard.
As part of recent collaborative work on Media and Place, using ‘walk and talk’ methodologies, Zoë has researched the impact of Yorkshire's representation on screen for residents of Holmfirth, (Memory Studies, 2016), as well as how local people transform their city through urban gardening in Leeds and Wakefield (forthcoming Space & Culture, 2017).
Zoë also hosts walking events in Leeds that encourage people to engage with the city in novel and creative ways: Urban Constellating 2015; Leaving the City 2015, Urban Dreams (and Nightmares) 2016; Disrupting the City (2017). She is currently working on a project about walking and women.
David Wilson is Professor of Geography and Geographic Information Science and African American Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is the author of Cities and Race: the New American Black Ghetto (2007) and Inventing Black-On-Black Violence: Discourse, Space Representation (2005). He is a founding member of the Spaces & Flows Research Network.
Andy Jonas is an urban political geographer based at the University of Hull. His research examines strategies and struggles around urban development and place promotion in the USA and Europe. He is also interested in the rise of city regionalism as a geopolitical project of the national state.
David Atkinson teaches and researches in the fields of cultural and historical geography, and the histories of geographical knowledge, especially those of Italy and the former Italian empire. He is also interested in questions of memory and representation in the city.
Julia Affolderbach has research interests in the field of environmental economic geography, in particular in governance processes and actor-centred approaches to greening. Her current work focuses on green building as urban climate change strategy in Europe, Canada and Australia.