Dr Carrie Benjamin

Dr Carrie Benjamin

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences
Postdoctoral Research Fellow

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Dr Benjamin is an urban anthropologist working on the ESRC/Open Research Area (ORA) project Atmospheres of (counter)terrorism in European cities. She is interested in the relationship between public space and the production of ‘race’, difference, and belonging in cities. 


  • 2017 - PhD Anthropology and Sociology (SOAS)
  • 2012 - MA Anthropology (George Washington University)
  • 2009 - BA Anthropology (University of California, Irvine)


Carrie’s research investigates the role of public space in the production of belonging, difference, and dis/comfort in cities. As an urban anthropologist, she is particularly interested in multisensory ethnography and the use of walking as a research method and creative practice. Her previous research explored the relationship between whiteness, racism, and gentrification in Paris. She holds a PhD in Anthropology from SOAS (2017) and has previously worked as a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow in the Department of Sociology at the University of Warwick (2018-2021) and a Research and Administrative Assistant for the SOAS Centre for Migration and Diaspora Studies (2015-2018). 


Urban anthropology, public space, multisensory ethnography, walking and mobile methods, sociology of ‘race’ and racism, consumption, Paris, Birmingham


Benjamin, C.A. (2020), A place to breathe in the dense city: community gardening and participatory urbanism in Paris, Sociální studia, 17(1): 55-70. [Open access: https://journals.muni.cz/socialni_studia/article/view/13562]

Benjamin, C.A. (2018), ‘Exotic commerce’, French universalism, and the disruption of white space in Paris’s ‘Little Africa’, Tijdschrift voor Genderstudies, 21(3): 233-248. DOI: https://doi.org/10.5117/TVGN2018.3.003.BENJ