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I am working on a two-year project called ‘Sonic Sense of Place: London Grime and Gothenburg Pop, 2000–2020’, which explores the political place-making practices of pop music. This builds on my earlier research on the music of the Swedish singer-songwriter Jens Lekman, applying some of the same methods and approaches to a range of other artists including the British rapper Nadia Rose.

Besides popular music, I have also published research in the fields of urban studies, cultural and historical geography, and the history of ideas. It's fair to say that my scholarly interests are diverse, but all my work is connected by a focus on how the world's geographies are produced, interpreted and contested. A few themes that feature commonly in my research are:

  • popular culture and technologies of communication
  • vernacular geographies
  • histories of colonisation
  • the movement of people and ideas
  • processes of social and spatial marginalisation
  • urban planning
  • the idea of geographical 'scale'
  • the relationship between the urban and the rural

UKÄ subject classification

  • Musicology
  • Human Geography
  • Cultural Studies
  • History of Ideas


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