Mobilizing bodies: difference, power and ecology in urban cycling practices

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Anna holds a masters degree in Environmental Studies from the State University of New York, completed on a Fulbright scholarship, and an MA (Hons) in Sociology and Politics from the University of Edinburgh. In between degrees Anna has worked in various environmental research, advocacy and education posts. She also worked in care, and served a year as elected Vice-President of the Edinburgh University Students' Association. Anna joined the Transport Studies Unit (TSU) in October 2013.

Current Research

Anna's PhD project is situated broadly within material feminism and its intersections with urban political ecology/economy. Her empirical research on cycling in Los Angeles considers how power operates through the distribution of exposures and materialities, the naming and valuation of bodies and practices of cycling. Using multi-method qualitative research the project investigates the linkages between cycling and gentrification, unequal urban exposures, the creation of particular neoliberal subjectivities, as well as resistance to these.

Key research interests include:

  • Feminist and queer theory
  • New materialisms
  • Urban political ecology
  • Body-environment relations
  • Politics of mobility
  • Urban social movements
  • Methodological questions on ethics, aesthetics and politics of knowledge production

Awards

De Breyne Scholarship (2017); Feminist Theory Workshop International Travel Award, Duke University, Durham, USA (2017); Economic and Social Research Council funded PhD (2013-2016); Faith Ivens-Franklin Travel Award (2014); Fulbright Postgraduate Award (2009-2011); Full Tuition Scholarship SUNY-ESF, Syracuse, New York (2009-2011); Edinburgh University's Sir William Darling Memorial Prize (2008)

Current Teaching

Anna has taught on the undergraduate options Transport and Mobilities and Geographies of Nature, supervised on the 2nd year undergraduate field trip to Copenhagen and led reading groups for Msc students on 'The Politics of Nature'.

Recent Publications

Journal Articles

  • Cook, S., Davidson, A., Stratford, E., Middleton, J., Plyushteva, A., Fitt, H., Cranston, S., Simpson, P., Delaney, H., Evans, K., Jones, A., Kershaw, J., Williams, N., Bissell, D., Duncan, T., Sengers, F., Elvy, J. and Wilmott, C. (2016) Co-Producing Mobilities: negotiating geographical knowledge in a conference session on the move. Journal of Geography in Higher Education, 40(3): 340-374.
  • Davidson, A. (2012) Narratives of Menstrual Product Consumption: Convenience, Culture or Commoditization? Bulletin of Science, Technology and Society, 32: 56-70.

Conference Papers