Zoë Tew-Thompson

Zoë Tew-Thompson 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.