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Dr Louisa Cadman BA (Hons) MA DPhil

Senior Lecturer in Human Geography


Louisa joined Sheffield Hallam University as an Associate Lecturer in 2003 and as a Senior Lecturer in Human Geography in 2017. She completed her doctoral thesis at the University of Sheffield in 2005 and went on to complete an ESRC Postdoctoral Fellowship in 2008 at the University of Glasgow.

  • About


    Department of Geography, University of Sheffield: DPhil (ESRC awarded)

    University of Sheffield: MA in Social and Cultural Geographies

    University of Sussex: BA(Hons) Geography and Development Studies

  • Teaching

    Introduction to Fieldwork
    Key Concepts in the Social Sciences 
    Critical Geographies
    Geographies of Everyday Life
    Place, Memory and Meaning

  • Research

    My ongoing research interests concern the social, cultural and political geographies of (mental) health and wellbeing. These have been explored through two interrelated areas. First, through my PhD (awarded 2006) and ESRC Postdoctoral Fellowship (2007-2008), I have looked at political contestations which surround both mental health law and end of life care in England and Wales. Much of this research is grounded in the work of Foucault and his notions of biopolitics, governmentality, counter-conduct, and agonism. Second, I have looked at the relationship between ‘Eastern’ spiritual disciplines and everyday health and wellbeing practices. To explore this, I was fortunate to work with Professor Chris Philo (Glasgow) and Dr Jennifer Lea (Exeter) as a research fellow on an AHRC funded project which looked at the integration of practices, such as yoga and meditation, in everyday urban lives. Currently I am developing research into the popular field of ‘mindfulness’, to explore its pedagogical, ethical and societal implications.

  • Publications

    A list of publications is available from the institutional repository, SHURA

    Lea, J., Philo, C., & Cadman, L. (forthcoming). The small stuff of barely spiritual practices. In Bartolini, N., Mackian, S., & Pile, S (Eds.), Spaces of Spirituality. London: Routledge.

    Cadman, L., Philo, C., & Lea, J. (forthcoming). Using time-space diaries and interviews to research spiritualities in an everyday context. In Woodhead, L (Ed.), How to Research Religion: Putting Methods into Practice. Oxford: OUP.

    Lea, J., Philo, C., & Cadman, L. (2016). ‘It’s a fine line between... self discipline, devotion and dedication’: negotiating authority in the teaching and learning of Ashtanga yoga. Cultural Geographies, 23(1), 69-85.

    Lea, J., Cadman, L., & Philo, C. (2015). Changing the habits of a lifetime? Mindfulness meditation and habitual geographies. Cultural Geographies, 22(1), 49-65.

    Philo, C., Cadman, L., & Lea, J. (2014). New Energy Geographies: a Case Study of Yoga, Meditation and Healthfulness. Journal of Medical Humanities, 36(1), 35-46.

    Cadman, L. (2010). How (not) to be governed: Foucault, critique and the political. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, 28(3), 539-556.

    Cadman, L. (2009). Life and death decisions in our posthuman(ist) times. Antipode, 41(1), 124-149.

    Cadman, L. (2009). Non-representational theory/non-representational geographies. In Kitchen. R., and Thrift. N (Eds.), International Encyclopedia of Human Geography (1st ed., pp. 456-63). Oxford: Elsevier.

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