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Geography and Environmental Science

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

For more information regarding this event, please email Dr Darja Reuschke at .

Event details

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.

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.




 Seminar Programme 11th September



Registration and coffee

Session 1: Changes in work and labour
Introduction and Chair: Darja Reuschke

Susan Halford
Web Science Institute, University of Southampton
Space, Place and the Dynamics of Labour

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

Adam Badger and Jamie Woodcock 
Royal Holloway, University of London and London School of Economics
Deliveroo and the City: work, digital technology, and the urban environment


Buffet lunch


Session 2: Workplace locations and commuting patterns
Chair: Veronique Schutjens (Utrecht University)

Daniel Wheatley
Department of Business and Labour Economics, University of Birmingham
Workplace location and the quality of work

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

Kaveh Jahanshahi
Martin Centre of Research on Urban Studies, University of Cambridge
How do workplaces influence commuting? Evidence from the UK 2002-2015


Coffee and tea


Session 3: Home-based work and business in the city
Chair: Carol Ekinsmyth (University of Portsmouth)

Maria Laura Di Domenico
University of Surrey
Symbolic Action and the Virtual Urban Spatiality of Home-Based Online Businesses

Cornelia Tippel
Research Associate, ILS Dortmund
Home working spaces and places

Plenum Discussion


Wine and Finger Food Reception, Hartley Lounge


 Seminar Programme 12th September


Registration and coffee


Session 4: Changing spaces and places of work
Chair: Annabelle Wilkins, (University of Southampton)

Elena Sischarenco
Department of Social Anthropology, University of St Andrews 
Businessmen Mobile Workspaces

Lizzie Richardson
Department of Geography, University of Durham
The public workplace and digital work

Alessandro Gandini and Alberto Cossu 
Kings College London and Università degli Studi di Milano
The second wave of coworking: neo-corporate movement vs resilient practice?


Coffee and tea


Session 5: Work in post-transformation and post-crisis
Chair: Andrea Dittrich-Wesbuer (ILS Dortmund)

Alexandrina Vanke
Institute of Sociology of the Russian Academy of Sciences
Working-class Identity in Industrial Neighbourhoods in Post-Soviet Russia

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

Paula Rodríguez Modroño
Pablo de Olavide University
Women go back home. The resurgence of female home-based business in the post-crisis recovery


Buffet lunch


Session 6: Creativity and architecture
Chair: Darja Reuschke (University of Southampton)

Julie Brown
Southampton Solent University
A location of choice? Creative entrepreneurs, in ‘non-creative’ places, the case of Southampton

Carol Ekinsmyth
University of Portsmouth
Making Do? Creative enterprise in domestic settings

Plenum Discussion


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