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Scholarly biography

I'm a geographer of sexuality, especially interested in lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and queer (LGBTQ) spaces. My teaching and research focuses on two main areas:

  • LGBTQ equality issues and policies from a geographic perspective (locally, nationally, and transnationally);
  • The spaces made and used by LGBTQ communities such as neighbourhoods, bars, and social groups;
  • Issues of body image, shape and size amongst GBQ men, especially in the Bear subculture.
I'm not just based in my office at the university - most of my research has been done in partnership with LGBTQ community groups, charities, and activists from around the world. Through my teaching and research, I want to show and explore how we can use geography to improve LGBTQ lives.

Approach to teaching

I really enjoy teaching, especially on my specialist areas of gender and sexuality! So I bring high energy and enthusiasm to all of my lectures, using plenty of videos, group discussions, class polls, and sometimes a bit of quick research right there in the classroom. Learning isn't about just sitting and listening, it's about actually doing stuff! In 2019 I received an Excellence in Facilitating & Empowering Learning award for my dedication to students and personal approach to teaching.

To help students learn outside the classroom, I like to set a couple of important but accessible key readings – books which are particularly famous or influential, which outline key arguments, or which give a good summary of a topic. Usually these are academic readings, but sometimes writing or a video from activists and community groups is the best way to get stuck into a topic, and see why it really matters.

Supervisory Interests

I'm interested in supervising postgrad projects in (but not limited to) the following areas: sexual politics outside the metropolis; social and cultural geographies of fat men; Participatory Action Research with LGBTQ communities; and Bear subcultures and spaces.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University of Brighton

Award Date: 24 Jul 2015

Master, The London School of Economics and Political Science

Award Date: 24 Jul 2009

Bachelor, University of St Andrews

Award Date: 16 Jul 2004

External positions

Secretary, Royal Geographical Society - Space, Sexualities and Queer Research Group

1 Aug 2017 → …

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