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School of Geography

The City Centre: Researching city lives and connections

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Based in the School of Geography, The City Centre is dedicated to supporting urban-related research activity at QMUL. Our aim is to provide a network for sharing ideas and developing new forms of collaboration. We also offer a physical space—The City Centre Seminar Room—where academic research can be developed and communicated with those within and beyond the academy.

The City Centre is a unique academic setting in which to study urban lives and connections. QMUL has a strong history of engagement with local communities, and came into being as a site for the shared production and dissemination of knowledge.

Current interests of City Center affiliates include: novel forms collective culture and urban public-ness; the politics of urban neighbourhoods; social movements and political parties (with a particular focus on Latin American cities); socio-economic exclusion and inequality; home-city geographies; marketplace urbanism; work and welfare in urban economies; rent and renting, particularly in relation to London’s affordable housing crisis; children’s’ lives in the city; everyday mobility; urban design and planning practices, particularly in relation to vertical urbanism and the city at night; the ‘ludic city’ and new forms of urban play; austerity urbanism and financialized urban governance; urban boating and canal living.

This research work is also manifest in our undergraduate and postgraduate human geography modules, taught in the School, including the masters programmes Cities and Cultures MA, London Studies MA and Global Development Futures MA.

We welcome inquiries from potential doctoral and post-doctoral students, and are particularly interested in supporting the work of new and early-career scholars at QMUL.

Dr Regan Koch
Director, City Centre
Lecturer in Human Geography

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