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Research Case studies

Mobilities: media and place

Our Work

How do we belong to and make sense of the spaces in which we live and work?  Our work develops walking as a method to explore the various attachments we have with spaces, landscapes, localities and work spaces. It also develops new methods for understanding how spaces and landscapes become familiar and ‘known’ through repeated media imaginary.  From gardens to parks to railway stations and from walking vlogs to reality television, we ask how spaces form part of our imaginary and real communities, our sense of places and feelings of home. 

Our work spans over a number of projects which are informed by developments in media and cultural theory (particularly a shift away from a sole focus on representation) , mobile methodologies and the ‘affective turn’.

More specifically, this body of work comprises of six projects that sit within the media and place research cluster.  These are  (1) Tew Thompson’s project on verdant creativities the looks at how urban gardening can transform places and our attachments to them (2) Taylor’s Landscapes of Loss explores how communities are affected by deindustrialisation (3) Tew Thompson’s  empirical study of  long distance walking women  and the role played by their use of new media technologies to create communities (4) Taylor’s exploration of creative occupation via the Commoner’s Choir (5) Raisborough’s examination of work spaces , work identities and retirement  and (6) Raisborough, Taylor and Harrison’s examination of representations of ‘no-go’ urban landscapes in factual welfare documentaries and constructions of the ‘North’ 

Our impact

Our work will provide support  for democratic protest and political awareness ; oppose the fear that excludes women from spaces and instead inform resources for their lone travel;  it will help foreground the communities’ needs and concerns in matters of industrial closure/ relocation (Taylor). We will be exposing and opposing stigmatising representations of urban landscapes and contributing to our understanding of retired identities

Plus Icon Research Outputs
  • Taylor (in press)  ‘Real Change Comes From Below!’: Walking and Singing about places that matter, the formation of Commoners Choir’ Leisure Studies.  
  • Murray, L., Raisborough, J and Monso, K (2018) Underground tales, overground lives: mobile work identities through to post-retirement Applied Mobilities.  (first published online 7 August 2018)
  • Hibberd, L.A. and Tew-Thompson, Z. (2017) Constructing Memories of Holmfirth through 'Last of the Summer Wine'. Memory Studies.
  • Hibberd, L.A. and Tew-Thompson, Z. (2016) Hills, old people and sheep: reflections of Holmfirth as the Summer Wine town. Media and Time
  • Taylor, L.J. (2016) ‘He’s … making our North’: Affective engagements with place in David Hockney’s landscapes from ‘A Bigger Picture’. Participations, 13 (2) December.
  • Tew Thompson (2014) Urban Constellations: Spaces of Cultural Regeneration in Post-Industrial Britain. Ashgate

Research Feature: Lisa Taylor

Remembering "Firths Carpets" - Dr Lisa Taylor

Research Feature: Dr. Zoe Tew -Thompson, Dr Lisa Taylor and Dr Casey Orr.

Verdant Gardening and Sensuous Place-Making

Research Feature: Zoe Tew-Thompson

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