The University of Southampton
Geography and Environment

Urban Studies seminar: Diversity of work 'places' and spaces in cities.Event

11 - 12 September 2017
Lecture Theatre A (1041), Building 44, Highfield Campus, University of Southampton, SO17 1BJ
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For more information regarding this event, please email Dr Darja Reuschke at .

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This seminar investigates how working spaces and places in cities are changing and what this means for urban systems in terms of infrastructure, urban design and planning. Key questions to be examined include:

  • How diverse are the working spaces and places of workers in cities?
  • How are working spaces transformed into workplaces?
  • Where is formal/informal/precarious work undertaken; in what urban sites and places, and what spaces do these create? 
  • Are new hybrid places emerging in cities? How regulated/formalized are these?
  • How do we have to rethink ‘the journey to work’, formal vs. informal work(spaces), private vs. public spaces and corporate vs. social spaces in cities?

The seminar is interdisciplinary and international in nature with speakers from geography, architecture, planning, economics, management, sociology and engineering presenting new research findings and theoretical insights into changing working patterns in Russia, Italy, Spain, Greece, Germany, the Netherlands and the UK.


Alan Felstead
Research Professor at Cardiff School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University
Remote working trends and their impacts and requirements

Susan Halford
Professor and Director, Web Science Institute, University of Southampton
Geographies of labour in the third sector: making hybrid workforces in place

Alessandro Gandini
Lecturer in Digital Media Management and Innovation, KCL - Kings College London
Urban vs distributed coworking: neo-corporate movement or resilient practice?

Lizzie Richardson
Research Fellow at the Department of Geography, University of Durham
The public workplace and digital work

Maria Laura Di Domenico
Professor of Entrepreneurship, Work and Organization, University of Surrey
Symbolic Action and the Virtual Urban Spatiality of Home-Based Online Businesses 

Bani Anvari
Lecturer in Intelligent Mobility, University of Southampton
Commuting and Mobility and urban planning

Alexandrina Vanke
Institute of Sociology of the Russian Academy of Sciences
Workers’ Life in Industrial Neighbourhoods in Post-Soviet Russia

Kaveh Jahanshahi
Research associate at the Martin Center of Research on Urban Studies, University of Cambridge
Direct and indirect influences on work-related travels

Paula Rodríguez Modroño
Economics, Quantitative Methods and Economic History Department, Pablo de Olavide University
The new forms of precarious work for women in urban areas in Southern Europe

Frances Holliss
Emeritus Reader in Architecture, Sir John Cass School of Art, Architecture & Design, London Metropolitan University 
The workhome: an architecture of dual-use

Adam Badger
PhD Student, Geography and Management, Royal Holloway 
Deliveroo and urban/digital work

Elena Sischarenco
Department of Social Anthropology, University of St Andrews
Migrant Workspaces

Daniel Wheatley
Senior Lecturer, Department of Business and Labour Economics, University of Birmingham
The quality of work among mobile workers

Cornelia Tippel
PhD candidate and research associate, ILS Dortmund
Home Working spaces and places

Maria Tsampra
Assistant Professor, School of Business Administration, University of Patras, Athens
Post-Crisis Patterns of Business and Work in Greece

Simon Blainey
Lecturer, Faculty of Engineering and the Environment, University of Southampton
Changing Commutes and the Changing Future of Urban Transport

Julie Brown
Senior Lecturer, Southampton Solent University
A location of choice? Relationships between creative entrepreneurs, space and place in ‘non-creative’ cities.

Carol Ekinsmyth
Principal Lecturer, University of Portsmouth
Making Do? Creative enterprise in domestic settings.

This seminar is funded by the Urban Studies Foundation and organised by the University of Southampton in collaboration with the University of Portsmouth and the National Centre for Social Research (EKKE) Athens.
Please contact the local organiser, Dr Darja Reuschke, for more information




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