Current research projects
My current research, developed in collaboration with Dr Kim Trogal (University for the Creative Arts) focuses on feminist histories within socialist and radical municipal spatial practices.
‘Sites of democratic urban practice: revisiting participatory housing in Bologna 1968 – 1977’, supported by the University for the Creative Arts research fund, looks back to the spatial and planning practices of ‘Red’ Bologna, when the city pioneered a programme of decentralisation, participatory democracy and innovative forms of non-market housing. This project sheds new light on ways in which architecture and urban planning can support democratic and equitable city development, showing the contributions of women, migrants and other neglected figures.
‘Socialist feminism and the GLC’s Popular Planning Unit’ critically reflects on the activist state work of socialist feminists within the Labour left Greater London Council in the 1980s. The project analyses pre-figurative feminist practices as a politics of becoming in place, looking at the mechanisms by which the local state provided economic and political support to pioneering and important architecture and planning projects such as Coin Street, the People’s Plan for the Royal Docks and Jagonari Women’s Centre by Matrix Feminist Design Co-operative. A chapter contribution to The Routledge Handbook of Architecture, Urban Space and Politics, Vol II: Ecology, Social Participation and Marginalities (forthcoming 2023) is in preparation.