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Professor in Human Geography, Royal Holloway University of London

My research focuses on searching for communities flourishing in the face of political and economic pressures, social unrest and cultural division.

My specific research interests cut across a number of traditional academic themes such as urban politics, creativity, cultural studies and social theory. I have published work on the creative practices of cities (both those that contribute to capitalist accumulation and those that try to resist it), architecture, the representation of cities in film and labour in the creative economy. Currently, I am engaged in work on urban politics, creativity and social justice. Books include Urban Subversion and the Creative City (Routledge, 2015) and Against Creativity (Verso, 2018).

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  • –present
    Lecturer in Human Geography, Royal Holloway