My name is Hannah Awcock, I am a University Teacher in Human Geography at the University of Edinburgh. My research interests include the historical, cultural, and social geographies of resistance, dissent, and protest.
I completed my PhD in the department of Geography at Royal Holloway, University of London. My thesis is about the historical geography of protest in London since 1780, with a particular focus on how events interact with space and place. My PhD has several key themes: communication and organisation; control of, and access to, public space; and memory and commemoration. I look at these themes using four case studies, which are:
- The Gordon Riots (1780)
- The Hyde Park Railings Affair (1866)
- The Battle of Cable Street (1936)
- The Student Tuition Fee Protests (2010)
Since my PhD my research has focused on the geographies of protest stickers – small, self adhesive pieces of paper or vinyl that express a political message. Largely overlooked by both scholars and the general public, stickers provide activists with a cheap, easy, relatively low-risk way to express themselves in public space.
This blog is about my research, both the subject matter and the process. It is also about the resistance in the British Isles, both past and present.
Please get in touch via @Faxsly on Twitter, or email hannah.awcock.91@hannahawcock
My CV is available here.