Applications are invited for a PhD scholarship in critical cultural approaches to urban quality of life.
Urban ‘quality of life’ and related concepts of ‘wellbeing’ and ‘liveability’ have become prevalent in planning and policy circles, usually when benchmarking cities against a variety of economic, environmental and social indicators. This PhD represents an opportunity to critically engage with and broaden the urban quality of life research agenda by examining the concept as a contingent and emergent property of everyday life, co-constituted through the interactions of individuals with the material spaces of the city. It is envisaged that the project will deploy a mix of qualitative methods and digital mapping technologies in ways that can account for the nuanced and varied nature of everyday urban life. Specific areas of interest are open and could include for example: mobility, temporality, perceptions of amenity or human-environment interactions. Continue reading