Rachel Taylor

Thesis title:

Everyday urban spaces, social inclusion and transnational connection: The shaping of the urban lives of refugees in London


Against the contexts of hostile politics and of forced displacement, this research project will explore the everyday urban geographies of refugees in London focusing on how the city and its public spaces can be reparative, inclusive, and antidotes to hostility.

Using creative and visual methods to focus on lived experiences, the research will seek to identify significant urban spaces that play a role in facilitating opportunities for social connectivity, inclusion, and well-being in a new, unfamiliar city. It will also examine how the nature of certain spaces can aid and maintain transnational connections, and how this may further promote well-being and inclusion in a new urban environment.

First supervisor:

Johan Andersson


8-Urbanisation, Social Change & Urban Transformation