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Academic Profile

Alice recently completed her ESRC-funded DPhil in the School of Geography under the supervision of Professor Gillian Rose and Dr Fiona McConnell. Her thesis is entitled “And Now on BBC Radio 4…”: Imaginative Geographies of Forced Migration and Refugee Settlement in Europe on the Airwaves. During her DPhil, Alice was a 450th Anniversary Scholar at St John’s College, Oxford. In addition to her doctorate, Alice holds an MA (First Class Hons) in Geography from the University of St Andrews and an MSc (with distinction) in Migration Studies from the University of Oxford. Whilst at St Andrews, Alice received the Miller Prize as the most outstanding, graduating student in the Faculty of Arts and the Royal Scottish Geographical Society Medal for the best Honours degree in Geography. At Oxford, Alice received the Examiners' Prize for the best overall performance in the MSc. Alice is a postgraduate fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and member of the Political Worlds: Place, Power, Politics research cluster.

Current Research

Alice is currently Principal Investigator on an AHRC-funded project engaging the public in research about the BBC for its centenary. This 6-month project, developed in partnership with the BBC, seeks to co-produce with audiences a special podcast that illuminates the cultural impact of Call the Midwife, one of the BBC’s most popular and celebrated dramas which explores Britain’s medical and social history.

Alice’s interests broadly lie in the following three areas of research: namely, Media and Popular Culture; Critical and Popular Geopolitics; Migration, Displacement, and Borders. Alice’s research to date has focused principally on radio as an understudied space of knowledge production with the capacity to shape geographical imaginations. Her thesis explores how imaginative geographies of Europe’s migration ‘crisis’ were constructed on BBC Radio 4 between 2014 and 2019, and examines how broadcasts were produced by journalists and are heard, imagined, and felt by listeners. By uncovering patterns of representation, reportage, and storytelling across Radio 4 programming, and studying audiences responses to them, Alice’s thesis offers a timely intervention into current debates about media representations of migrants and refugees, and develops theorisations of radio’s discursive, affective, and experiential power.

Teaching and Advising

Undergraduate Teaching

Alice held a Stipendiary Lectureship in Human Geography at St Peter’s College, Oxford for Michaelmas term 2021. She taught Prelims Human Geography and FHS Environmental Geography, and co-supervised third year dissertation students.