Embodied geographies

man sat with skateboardHumans and the world are continually engaged in a process of co-construction, meaning that human behaviour is always both mediated and context dependent.

The diversity human behaviour in specific socio-spatial contexts is a long-running geographical concern. Our research cluster aims to explore the intersections between bodies, landscapes and materialities in explaining humans’ interaction with the world. Our work develops and challenges recent geographical scholarship on the emotional, affective and embodied aspects of everyday practice. It is also situated at the cutting edge of longer-standing debates about the production and consumption of a variety of material and symbolic landscapes.

Our work is illuminated by ongoing engagements with psychology, architecture, cultural studies, law, politics, the arts, and social theoretic accounts of and innovations in human activity. We also work at the forefront of a range of innovative cross-disciplinary methodologies – involving dance, biosensing technologies, mobile apps and far more besides.

Critical perspectives on the psychological and bodily dynamics of situated human behaviour are brought to bear by group members on a variety of topics including public policy based on affective forms of governance, spatial media and the geoweb, prison design and visitation, urban arts and creativity, embodied mapping and urban mobility.

Current Projects

For further information on current projects please visit the Embodied Geographies website.

Group members: Doctoral researcher students

  • Alice Menzel
  • Amy Walker
  • Arooj Khan
  • Catherine Oliver
  • Eszter Toth
  • Grace Wood
  • Hannah Bailey
  • Jennifer Knight
  • Maria Alfaro Munoz
  • Naeemah Yusof
  • Polly Jarman
  • Rita Gayle
  • Robert Booth
  • Shivani Singh


For a full list of publications, please visit the Embodied Geographies website.