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Laura Marshall

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Photo - Laura_Marshall.jpegLaura Marshall
Postgraduate researcher

Email: Laura.marshall.13@ucl.ac.uk

UCL Department of Geography 
University College London 
Pearson Building 
Gower Street 
London. 
WC1E 6BT

Supervisors

Dr Ben Campkin (Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL Urban Laboratory)

Prof Ann Varley (UCL Geography)

Related Projects:

Doctoral research: Making Sense of Gender: Exploring gender diversity through the experiences of people with trans identities and histories
LGBTQ+ nightlife in London, UCL Urban Laboratory

Msc Urban Studies project: Transforming Spaces

 

Research

Making Sense of Gender: Exploring gender diversity through the experiences of people with trans identities and histories

Making Sense of Gender is a participatory, scholar/activist doctoral project that explores geographies of gender diversity through the lived experiences of women, men and non-binary people with trans identities and histories living in British cities. The project is shaped by critical engagements with strands of medicine, psychiatry, feminism, queer studies and trans studies, as well as ethical concerns regarding the politics of knowledge production and hierarchies. In doing so, I am interested in considering the implications of taking a person’s sense of self seriously as legitimate a source of knowledge and starting point for research. By combining participant photography, narrative writing/speaking and in-depth semi-structured interviews, it will investigate how trans peoples’ voices might productively complicate prevailing political, academic, and social understandings of gender.

 

Funded by the Economic and Social Research Council

Publications

Marshall, L (2017), Castle and Cell: Exploring Intersections between Sexuality and Gender in the Domestic Lives of Men with Trans Identities and Histories, in Sexuality and Gender at Home: Experience, Politics, Transgression, Brent Pilkey, Rachael M. Scicluna, Ben Campkin, Barbara Penner (eds.), London: Bloomsbury

Campkin, B. and Marshall, L. (2017) LGBTQ+ Cultural Infrastructure in London: Night Venues, 2006-present (pdf), UCL Urban Laboratory

Campkin, B. and Marshall, L. (2016) LGBTQI nightlife spaces in London from 1986 until the present, UCL Urban Laboratory

Biography

I am an urban geographer researching sexuality and gender. My doctoral research explores gender diversity in British cities through the experiences of people with trans identities and histories.

Work experience

Co-investigator, LGBTQ+ Cultural Infrastructure in London: Night Venues, 2006-present, UCL Urban Laboratory, commission by the Greater London Authority

Research assistant, LGBTQI nightlife spaces in London from 1986 until the present, UCL Urban Laboratory, RAZE Collective, Queer Spaces Network 2016

Co-curator and project manager, Manual Labour, a collaboration with David L Martin and John Reardon, 2013

Guest lecturer, Sexualities and cities, MSc Urban Studies, UCL, 2016 – on-going

Guest lecturer, London's LGBTQ+ nightlife scenes, London Club Cultures, Syracuse University 2017

Guest lecturer, Gender diversity, Gender Society and Representation, MA Gender and Sexuality, 2017

Postgraduate Teaching Assistant, Gender, Society and Representation MA, UCL – 2014 – on-going

Presentations

Queer Night Moves: LGBTQ+ venues and transport infrastructure, a paper co-resented with Dr Ben Campkin at the Night Moves Symposium at UCL Transport Institute, London, 17 October 2017

Queer premises: geographies of LGBTQ+ night scenes and spaces in London. A paper co-presented with Dr Ben Campkin at the ‘Never gonna dance again’: memorials to lost, legendary nights out, symposium at Sutton House, London, 20 September 2017

LGBTQ nightlife in London. Research co-presented with Dr Ben Campkin at the Camp-er-Van, Tate Modern, London, 28 July 2017

Fabulous facades, dry details: queer premises on fun. Performance given at Queer Fun: An ivory tower vaudeville, Duckie, Royal Vauxhall Tavern, London, 10 June 2017

LGBTQ nightlife in London. A paper co-presented with Dr Ben Campkin at LGBTQI Work Life/Night LifeUCL, for qUCL, at UCL, London, 2 May 2017

LGBTQ nightlife in London: 1986 – 2016, Research presented to the Raze Collective queer performers network at Oval House, London, 10 November 2016

(Trans)forming gender, disrupting dichotomies: Exploring the lives of people with trans identities and histories. A paper presented for Stadtkolloquium at LSE, London, 19 March 2015

Academic Background

MPhil/PhD researcher, Dept. of Geography, UCL, 2014 - on-going

MSc Urban Studies, UCL, 2013/2014

BA International Studies, Dept. of Politics, Goldsmiths, 2009-2012

Other positions and affiliations:

Postgraduate representative, RGS-IBG Sexuality, Space and Queer Research Group

Affiliated PhD student, UCL Urban Laboratory

Affiliated PhD student, qUCL

PhD representative with Lioba Hirsch, UCL Department of Geography Equality, Diversity and Inclusion committee.

Volunteer, Gendered Intelligence