Dr Melissa Butcher is Reader in Social and Cultural Geography, Birkbeck, University of London. Her research examines the intersections between globalization and contested urban space, youth, gender and urban cultures, questions of identity and belonging, and the cultural competencies to manage cultural change. Using visual and qualitative methodologies, Melissa was Principal Investigator in the European-Asian collaboration, SINGLE: Entanglements of Urban Space, Cultural Encounters and Gendered Identities (www.hera-single.de, 2013-16), examining gender and public space in Delhi. She also works in London, exploring the impact of urban change and gentrification particularly on young people (www.hackneyashome.co.uk). Her recent publications include: Defying Delhi’s enclosures (2017); Re-working encounter: the role of reflexivity in managing difference (2017); Managing Cultural Change: Reclaiming Synchronicity in a Mobile World (Ashgate 2011), and Dissent and Cultural Resistance in Asia's Cities (ed. with S. Velayutham, Routledge 2009). Melissa presents and writes regularly on issues relating to gentrification, urban and youth cultures, diversity, globalisation, and global human resources management.
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