Envisioning the city: exploring the everyday mobilities of visually impaired young people

Accessible and socially inclusive transport has become a significant concern of academic enquiry in transport studies, as planners and policy makers have sought to understand the spatio-economic relationships and decision-making processes that influence levels of mobility related social exclusion. However, much transport research on visual impairment (VI) and mobility tends to be either highly quantitative,… Continue reading Envisioning the city: exploring the everyday mobilities of visually impaired young people

The geography of biomedical data, lab mice and common cold viruses?

I am very excited to be joining the Technological Natures Cluster, after spending a productive and enjoyable eight years as lecturer in Geography at QMUL. I am, however, wondering what my new colleagues will make of my somewhat unusual companions: biomedical data, laboratory mice and common cold virsues? Not perhaps everyone’s chosen associates, but fitting… Continue reading The geography of biomedical data, lab mice and common cold viruses?

Geo-urban attunements: Reykjavík, convection, genius loci

During a day last April, I spent my time walking around Vesturbær (a residential area of central Reykjavík), with a small HD video-camera attached to my shoe. As my feet hit the pavement my rhythm and pace varied. My posture altered without conscious thought. Frictions were in flux. The night before it had snowed but snow and… Continue reading Geo-urban attunements: Reykjavík, convection, genius loci

The micropolitical ecology of environmental health and organic food in Islamabad

Occasionally this blog will feature updates on, and summaries of, work currently being completed by research cluster members. Below is an update from Saher Hasnain. “My current research uses an ethnographically informed focus on environmental health in urban food environments (from a consumer perspective). I’m particularly interested in how place and people-specific consumer practices emerge… Continue reading The micropolitical ecology of environmental health and organic food in Islamabad

Russia, China and the ‘Green Economy’

Sharing 4,300 km of geographical border and a communist past, nowadays Russia and China are close allies in political and economical arenas. The two countries, despite their differences, have common characteristics such as highly centralised government, ideas of state domination over the market, and the value given to non-transparent goals of strategic planning. Although having… Continue reading Russia, China and the ‘Green Economy’

Being-in-the-air

In 1936, the great modernist playwright Elias Canetti gave a speech on the occasion of the novelist Herman Broch’s birthday, in which he described the artist’s relationship to the period as a “breathing-relation”: a particular mode of immersion in the tangible atmospheric conditions of the age. The artist, for Canetti, is a sensor of micro-climates,… Continue reading Being-in-the-air

EMAPS 2014 – a data visualisation ‘sprint’ at SOGE

For those wondering why there was an assortment of unfamiliar people hunched over laptops in the department between the 22nd and 26th of April, I can now explain. The department was playing host to a ‘data sprint’, a data visualisation workshop, loosely based on the format of a hackathon (that is, an internet based competition… Continue reading EMAPS 2014 – a data visualisation ‘sprint’ at SOGE