The website was built as part of the ESRC funded academic project "Re-imagining Crisis, Pop-up Cultures and Precarious Lives in Austerity London", carried out by Dr Ella Harris in the Sociology Department at Goldsmiths University.
Ella is now based in the Geography Department at Birkbeck University as a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow.
The Crisis Cultures Team
Ella Harris is a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow in the Geography Department at Birkbeck, University of London. Prior to this, Ella was an ESRC postdoctoral fellow in the Sociology Department at Goldsmiths, University of London. She's also worked as a research assistant in the Geography Department at Royal Holloway University on a collaborative project on pop-up social housing. She completed a PhD in Cultural Geography at Royal Holloway University in 2017.
Ella’s research focuses on compensatory cultures in crisis times. Ella also works with creative digital methods including interactive documentary. She has published widely on subjects including the cultural geographies of precarity, pop-up culture and pop-up housing, immersive cinema and interactive documentary. Her book on pop-up culture is out now!
Mel Nowicki is a Senior Lecturer in Urban Geography at Oxford Brookes University. Broadly her research interests lie in housing inequality, precarity and the concept of home. Mel's research projects have included: understanding the impact of the criminalisation of squatting and the bedroom tax in London, experiences of family homelessness and temporary accommodation in London and Dublin, and the rise of Tiny Housing as a 'solution' to global housing crises. Mel has published work both in academic journals, national news websites, and in a policy context. Her forthcoming book, Bringing Home the Housing Crisis (Bristol Policy Press) brings together multiple strands of her research to consider how the concept of home is politicised in order to de-legitimise working-class and low-income people's rights to home.
Clarissa Gomes is a postgraduate student in the MA Brands, Communication and Culture at Goldsmiths, University of London. Her research interests are focused on the relationship between urban experience and consumption, the implications of the commodification of the urban landscape, and the potential of disruptive art interventions in those scenarios. Originally from Brazil, she lives in London and works as Online Marketing Coordinator for a trend forecasting agency.
Robert Shaw is a Lecturer in Geography at Newcastle University. His research has explored multiple different aspects of the urban night, including the working lives of taxi drivers, changes in public and domestic lighting, nocturnal protest movements, and night-time mobilities. His 2018 book The Nocturnal City was the culmination of that work to date, arguing for a deeper focus on conceptualisations of the night when exploring urban governance. He has also published on non-representational theory, and concepts of assemblage and atmosphere. As well as his book, he has published in academic journals, blogs, newspapers and contributed to British and Australian radio programmes.
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