Arooj Khan

Arooj Khan

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences
Doctoral Researcher

Contact details

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Arooj is a Children's Geographer and community arts practitioner interested in how children and young people's civic participation is affected by contemporary regeneration practices. Through an artistic alias (Artem et Populis) she is conducting research which uses the large-scale regeneration within Thurrock, Essex to understand how changes in the physical, social and cultural landscape in Tilbury Town has and will affect children and young people facing disadvantage. Her work uses a post-colonial epistemology which borrows from intersectionality, creating a theoretical and conceptual framework which places children and young people facing disadvantage at the centre of micro and macro power relations within the context of ongoing urban regeneration.This research is linked to a number of previous 'alternative cartographies' workshops (conducted with funding from the Arts Council, Metal Cultures and the Home Office) which follow Artem et Populis's bespoke collaborative and participatory delivery model.


Arooj Khan recieved her BA in Sociology and MA in Social Research from Goldsmiths College.

She conducted her MA research on the rise of Facebook extremism in the wake of the 2010 poppy burning event on Remembrance Day.

She is a seasoned researcher and impact measurement specialist,with experience of programme design and project delivery with and for people facing disadvantage.

She has worked primarily within the charity and CSR sectors, with extensive experience in front-line homelessness, community arts and business-school engagement.

Doctoral research

PhD title
Maps. Citizenship. Strategic regeneration. Young lives. Mapping the implementation of strategic regeneration within Tilbury Town. Supervised by Professor Peter Kraftl and Dr Sophie Hadfield-Hill
Professor Peter Kraftl and Dr Sophie Hadfield-Hill


Research interests

Community arts. Post-colonial geographies. Children's geographies. Local policy. Urban regeneration. Intersectional geographies.

Other activities

Arooj is the postgraduate representative of the Race, Culture and Ethnicities working group for the Royal Geographical Society, and the Research Associate for the SSHRC-funded project Embodied Energies: Observing and Transforming Climate Change Pedagogies for Children and Young People.

She is also the creator of Artem et Populis, an artistic alias which utilises community arts to explore and interrogate key socio-political issues.