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Bethan Prosser is a Doctoral Researcher funded by the ESRC South Coast Doctoral Training Partnership. Her PhD project investigates seaside gentrification on the South Coast of the UK and how people living, using and moving through the urban seaside are experiencing displacement injustices. Bethan teaches undergraduate social science students on the Community Engagement: Theory into Practice module. She is the PGR Rep for the Centre for Spatial, Cultural and Environmental Politics and part of the Cities and Injustices Research and Enterprise Group.
Bethan’s academic background starts with undergraduate Philosophy and Politics, moving through Migration Studies and Social Research Methods at post-graduate level. Bethan has worked extensively in developing community-university partnerships and brokering knowledge exchange activities that benefit both the university and the local community. She brings over ten years’ experience of working in the community/voluntary and public sectors both nationally and internationally. This includes roles in support work and management supporting young people, Black and mixed parentage children and families, people experiencing homelessness and refugees and asylum seekers.
My research interests predominantly come under the umbrella of urban injustice. I am currently focusing on gentrification and displacement, but have previously undertaken research into homelessness and the community/voluntary sector. Within gentrification, I am interested in the full spectrum of im/mobilities encompassed by gentrification-induced-displacement, bringing a mobilities lens to understand the processes of un-homing and loss of a sense of place. I am interested in finding out the specific ways gentrification is manifesting at the urban seaside, looking at the relationship between tourism and gentrification. Furthermore, I am interested in theories of justice, particularly social, spatial and mobility justice.
I am also interested in creative, participatory, multisensory and mobile methods. In particular, I am interested in sound as a research tool and exploring how sound walks can be used to elicit people’s changing relationships to place. I am working with a local community music organisation to learn and share how sound walks can be used as a tool for both research and community engagement purposes. This also furthers my interest in understanding how universities can work with local communities for mutual benefit.
I bring my experiences of working in the community/voluntary sector to my teaching. In particular, my experience of facilitating group work with young people experiencing homelessness and other challenging situations has developed my ability to create a supportive and engaging learning environment. My approach to seminars and lectures is driven by an ethos of participatory pedagogy, whereby students can develop their own meaningful relationship with the topics and a variety of learning tools are used. I am also committed to diversifying and decolonising the curriculum.
I am committed to sharing and learning with those outside of academia. I have in-depth experience of knowledge exchange activities through my previous professional role in the university’s Community University Partnership Programme, supporting partnerships to develop between the local community and researchers and students.
Through my Doctoral student role, I instigate and take part in a range of knowledge exchange activities. This includes recently organising a series of creative public walks around the city that brought together local residents, academics and students to explore themes of urban injustice. I am currently embarking on a partnership project with local community music organisation, Open Strings Music, and the Unlocking Our Sound Heritage programme based at The Keep. We will be delivering a series of sound walks and sound foraging activities with local residents to raise awareness of the sound archive.
Master, University of Southampton
1 Oct 2017 → 30 Sep 2018
Award Date: 26 Jul 2019
Master, University of Sussex
1 Oct 2006 → 30 Sep 2008
Award Date: 30 Jan 2009
Bachelor, University of Bristol
1 Oct 2001 → 27 Jun 2005
Award Date: 27 Jun 2005
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-review
Activity: External talk or presentation › Oral presentation