a blog about mobile communication technologies and sense of place
I am a Ph.D. researcher at the Communication and Media Research Institute (CAMRI), at the University of Westminster, London. I recently submitted my thesis for examination and hopefully will defend it some time soon(ish). Four over-arching questions guided my Ph.D. research:
(1) How do people identify and represent themselves via their physical locations, and in what ways they refer to place - or not - while using mobile and locative media?
(2) How do people perceive and represent urban space through mobile and locative media?
(3) What are the differences between a sense of place produced by an "imaginative travel" through the voice from that of a mediated image, which represents the same places and presupposes a further imaginative effort?
(4) What are different aspects of place-making in London?
Through field observations, interviews, and sketch-mapping (a methodology I adopted from Kevin Lynch’s famous work The Image of the City) focus groups, I examined retrieval and sharing of locational information on mobile devices.
During my Ph.D research, I also worked as a research associate for a research network, Community-powered transformations, funded by the UK's Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and based at the University of Westminster. Since September 2011 I have been working as a visiting lecturer and seminar leader for an undergraduate module, Network Society and the Media, at the University of Westminster. I also worked at the University of Brighton as a visiting lecturer in Mobile Media Cultures for one semester in 2013.