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School of Geography

Conor Moloney


PhD student

Room Number: Geography Building, Room 218
Twitter: @conormolo


My professional background is in architecture urban design, masterplanning, regeneration and area-based planning policy. I have also worked in research on a range of built environment related topics, taught in design schools in Britain and across Europe, headed up a design advocacy organisation, and held a senior position in a sustainability social enterprise.

Research Interests: Cultural Geography; Urban Studies; Play; Performance; Urban Design; Urban Planning.

PhD research: Playing or being played? 

Drawing on urban studies, cultural geography and critical scholarship on performance, relational aesthetics and participatory art, I examine the interests, discourses and practices behind the ‘ludic turn’ in the spaces of contemporary London.

This research is co-supervised in the School of Geography and the School of English & Drama. London-based fieldwork is ongoing in 2020-22, with overseas institutional visits in Japan 2019 and Europe 2022, and thesis completion in 2023.

Academic background

  • Bachelor of Architecture (honours), University College Dublin
  • MSc Cities, Space & Society (distinction), Department of Geography & Environment, London School of Economics
  • MSc International Planning (distinction), Bartlett School of Planning, University College London


  • Regan Koch, School of Geography, QMUL
  • Jen Harvie, Department of Drama, School of English & Drama, QMUL


Research Background

Languages (CEFR Level)

  • German (C2), French (C1), Portuguese (B1), Spanish (B1), Japanese (A2)

Conferences & Events



London Interdisciplinary Social Sciences Doctoral Training Partnership (Postgraduate)

  • LISS289 Drawing for Scholars (Convenor, 2020-21, online teaching)
  • LISS290 Drawing in Participatory & Collaborative Research (Convenor, 2020-21, online teaching)

Geography (Undergraduate)

  • GEG6148 Public Life of Cities (Teaching Associate, 2020-21 – online teaching)
  • GEG5126 Cultural Geographies (Teaching Associate, 2020-21 – online teaching)
  • GEG4106 Reinventing Britain (Field Trip Staff, 2019-20 & 2020-21 - online teaching)
  • GEG5103 Geographical Research in Practice (Teaching Associate & Demonstrator, 2018-19 & 2019-20)
  • GEG5131 Contemporary London: Life in the Global Metropolis (Demonstrator, 2018-19)
  • GEG4004 Research Methods for Geographers and Environmental Scientists (Demonstrator, 2018-19 & 2019-20)

Architecture & Urban Design (Undergraduate & Postgraduate)

  • Design Studio Lead / Studio Tutor at University College Dublin (1997-2001)
  • Design Studio Visiting Critic / Lecturer / Tutor at Royal College of Art (2018), Dessau Institute of Architecture (2018), SS. Cyril & Methodius University Skopje (2018), Dublin Institute of Technology (2015), University College Dublin (2008), Queens University Belfast (2007), University of Ulster 2003-5), University College London (2004), University of Sheffield (2003).


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