Mark Blacksell Lecture: Researching homeless people as if they matter
  • Lower Lecture Theatre, Sherwell Centre (lecture) / Sherwell Foyer (reception), Plymouth University

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Based on two decades of his own research, Professor Paul Cloke from Exeter University discusses homelessness, one of the most pernicious social issues of our time. 

The talk uses research evidence from the UK to argue that many popular narratives of urban revanchism – with their focus on disease and exclusion – are insufficient to capture contemporary geographies of homelessness. In addition, we need to attend to ideas about spaces of care and spaces of hope, listening to the voices of homeless people themselves, and to the voices of the staff and volunteers who work so hard to improve the lives of homeless people.

This event is organised by Geography at Plymouth University, in association with the Royal Geographical Society, with support from the University’s Sustainable Earth Institute.

All welcome. This event is free to attend but booking is essential via the above link.

Speaker biography

Professor Paul Cloke is a human geographer based at the University of Exeter with research interests in social and cultural geographies of rurality, nature-society relations, ethics and care, and landscapes of spirituality. His work seeks to ground social theory in a range of places, practices, and performances, focusing most recently on issues relating to nature-places, homelessness, ethical consumption and the staging and performativity of religious faith.

In addition to his position at Exeter, he is also Adjunct Professor at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand, and from 1984-2012 was Founder Editor of Journal of Rural Studies, an international and multidisciplinary journal published by Elsevier Science. He was elected as an Academician of the Academy of Learned Societies for the Social Sciences in 2002, as an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand in 2005 and as a Fellow of the British Academy in 2009.

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The Mark Blacksell Lecture, University of Plymouth, in association with the Royal Geographical Society (RGS)

The purpose of this series of lectures is to bring scholars working at the forefront of geography to the University of Plymouth to present their research to a public audience. The lecture series is named after the late Professor Mark Blacksell, a human geographer with unusually widespread interests and expertise. He was appointed Professor of Geography at the University in 1994, and served as both Head of the Geography Department and Dean of the Faculty of Science before he retired in 2003.

See details of previous talks in the series.

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