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  • Martin Zebracki co-launched the initiative “A LGBT memorial for Ghent now, more than ever before” [Een LHBT-monument voor Gent, nu meer dan ooit] in Ghent, Belgium on 18 April 2017. This call has hitherto drawn attention from the city council, local and national LGBT organisations and major Flemish news channels, including De Morgen De Standaard and VRT/Radio 2 [in Dutch]. 

  • Martin Zebracki has been selected for Leeds Creative Labs within the remit of the 2017 Edition of DARE, the partnership between Opera North and the University of Leeds. He will collaborate with Tyrrell Jones, the Co-Artistic Director of the Leeds-based performing arts company KnaïveTheatre, to co-research and co-produce public art and pursue opportunities for developing impact.

  • Nichola Wood gave a talk on 'Exploring Ontological (In)Security in Uncertain Times' at the AAG meeting in Boston, MA.

  • Nichola Wood was an invited discussant for a session on 'The Power of Enchantment: Exploring the Affective Entanglements between Bodies, Objects and Space in Constituting National Identifications' at the AAG meeting in Boston, MA.

  • As part of the University’s impact enhancement pilot project, Louise Waite recently had a series of Westminster meetings with MPs to discuss her research on forced labour and modern slavery and associated policy recommendations. She met with Fiona Mactaggart MP (Chair of APPG on Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery), Thangam Debbonaire MP (Chair of APPG on Refugees) and Kate Green MP (Chair of the APPG on Migration). Lou also met with Paul Broadbent, expert panel member of the government’s Taylor Review on Modern Employment Practices, and will be presenting oral evidence at a session in May for this Review.

  • Intimate Economies of Immigration Detention: Critical Perspectives (2016) edited by Deirdre Conlon and Nancy Hiemstra has been been nominated to be honored at this year's Geographical Perspectives on Women (GPOW) Book Event at the 2017 American Association of Geographers Annual Meeting in Boston, MA.

  • In March the School of Geography and Leeds-Migration Research Network hosted a day long workshop on Experiencing (In)securities. The event was one of three in the White Rose Collaboration Fund 'Europe, Migration and the New Politics of (In)security' Research Network, which Deirdre Conlon co-leads.

  • In March Deirdre Conlon gave an invited talk to students in the Department of Geography at Durham University on 'Geopolitics and Intimacy' based on work in her recently published edited collection: Conlon, D. and Hiemstra, N. (2016) Intimate economies of immigration detention: critical perspectives (w/Routledge).

  • Robert Vanderbeck was interviewed for the Vermont Public Radio programme Brave Little State, and appears in the podcast 'Why is Vermont So Overwhelmingly White?', wherein his prior research in this area is described (probably for the first and last time) as 'totally fascinating'. Listen to the podcast here.

  • Nichola Wood has been appointed as a Pathway Director for the new ESRC White Rose DTP. This is a 3 year role which will involve a 0.3FTE buy-out. Nichola will be leading the Cities, Environment and Liveability (CEL) pathway, which is one of seven interdisciplinary pathways that make up the new DTP.

  • Martin Zebracki served as advisor for the newly formed Public Art Ordinance of the City of Miami, Florida, USA.

  • Martin Zebracki will provide an invited address about online mediated geographies of public art at the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH) at the University of Cambridge.

  • On Thursday 9 March Deirdre Conlon gave an invited talk to students in the Department of Geography at Durham University on 'Geopolitics and Intimacy' based on work in her recently published edited collection: Conlon, D. and Hiemstra, N. (2016) Intimate economies of immigration detention: critical perspectives (w/Routledge).

  • On Friday 3 March the School of Geography and Leeds-Migration Research Network hosted a day long workshop on Experiencing (In)securities. The event was one of three in the White Rose Collaboration Fund 'Europe, Migration and the New Politics of (In)security' Research Network, which Deirdre Conlon co-leads.

  • Deirdre Conlon and several MA Global Urban Justice students (Tom Capon, Emily Cowling, Haruka Hirano, and Alice Metcalf) gave a presentation and workshop to community, board and staff members of LS14 Trust in Seacroft. The event highlighted the collaborative research students and the Trust are doing in connection with the Eat Project, details available here.

  • Deirdre Conlon presented a paper on Carceral Circuitry with colleagues Nick Gill, Dominique Moran and Andrew Burridge at the Carceral Geography conference, University of Birmingham. Conlon was also an invited panelist for the conference closing session where she commented on Opportunities, Challenges and the Future of/for Carceral Geography.
     
  • Martin Zebracki will deliver an invited provocation at the "un-conference" Dwelling and Its Discontents: Art, Home and Economy in Newcastle upon Tyne on 14-15 July 2016 as part of PROTOHOME, a multi-actor self-build housing project.

  • Ayona Datta presented her paper 'Land Fiction: the urbanization of dispossession' in a panel organised by the CITY journal in San Francisco, AAG 2016.

  • Ayona Datta has been appointed editor of the journal Dialogues in Human Geography from April 2016. She will hold this position for a period of three years.

  • Louise Waite was the invited speaker at Exeter’s Geography seminar series in March. She spoke about modern slavery and human trafficking.

  • Ayona Datta’s article Will India’s Will India’s experiment with smart cities tackle poverty – or make it worse? was published in The Conversation in January. It generated over 22k viewers and was republished by Quartz.com and Scroll.in – two major media outlets in India.

  • Ayona Datta was mentioned in a Guardian article on 28 January for her work on entrepreneurial urbanism. The article was titled Where are the world's newest cities … and why do they all look the same? and was authored by Adam Greenfield.

  • Martin Zebracki delivered the keynote address Communication/Immunisation: Challenges to Public Art in a Convergence Culture (in Dutch) at the national Art and Community Expert Meeting in the Dutch city of Amersfoort.

  • Ayona Datta was part of an ESRC committee from the UK to Jaipur, India to shape forthcoming research/network calls under their ‘Urban Transformations’ theme to be funded jointly with the Indian Council for Social Sciences Research (ICSSR).

  • Martin Zebracki and Professor Ann Sumner, University of Leeds Public Art Project Officer, convened the Public Art Workshop in January to reflect with experts and any interested parties throughout the UK on navigation, representation, learning, engagement and curational best practices in university campus art.

  • Louise Waite gave a talk in November at Wakefield Girls' High School as part of their Sixth Form enrichment talks The Barbara Hepworth Lecture Series. Her talk was Modern Slavery in the UK: Hidden in Plain Sight?

  • In November Ayona Datta was keynote speaker at the Fieldnotes workshop in Fribourg. This was organised jointly by University of Neuchatel and University of Fribourg for their PhD students. The title of her talk was Fieldnotes in Urban Geography.

  • Ayona Datta received approval for her AHRC-ICHR Newton funding application titled 'Learning from the utopian city: Alternative histories of India's urban futures'. She will be the UK based PI working with India based Co-I Dr. Anu Sabhlok. Other UK Co-Is on this project are Prof. William Gould (School of History, Leeds) and Dr Rebecca Madgin (Glasgow). The project will run from February-July 2016.

  • Louise Waite was the invited speaker CRASSH, the University of Cambridge’s Centre for Research into the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities in November. She spoke about Rethinking work: Vulnerable work from her research collaborations with Stuart Hodkinson and Hannah Lewis.

  • Louise Waite and Hannah Lewis launched their book - Waite, L., Lewis, H., Craig, G. & Skrivankova, K. (2015) Vulnerability, exploitation and migrants: Insecure work in a globalised economy.
    Basingstoke, Palgrave-on 9 November at the International Slavery Museum in Liverpool.

  • Martin Zebracki has joined the Editorial Board of Geo: Geography and Environment for a three-year term. This journal is published by John Wiley & Sons, Ltd and the Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers). More information can be found here.

  • In November Louise Waite and Hannah Lewis gave an invited talk at a conference in Sheffield on Working on the Edge of Society: Migrants in Illegal, Precarious and Exploitative Work. They spoke alongside Paul Blomfield, Labour MP.

  • Ayona Datta delivered the first lecture in the Debating Development: Urban Dynamics in the Age of Citiesseries in University of Antwerp in October.

  • Ayona Datta was invited to join the editorial board of EPD: Society and Space from January 2016 for a three year term.

  • Ayona Datta was invited to the international Make City Festival in Berlin (19-20 June) to speak in the symposium Beware of Smart People which was organised by TU Berlin. Her talk was titled A 100 smart cities, but where are the smart citizens?

  • The recent monograph Law, Religion and Society by Paul Johnson (York) and Robert Vanderbeck has been favourably reviewed in the latest issue of Ecclesiastical Law Journal .
  • Hannah Lewis presented on forced labour among refugees and asylum seekers at Bevan House, a specialist migrant and homeless health service in Bradford on 16 June. The practice will be developing a protocol for identifying forced labour as a result.
  • Ayona Datta delivered a seminar in the 7th Doreen Massey Annual event at the Open University (via weblink). This year’s theme was on Digital Geographies, and Ayona’s talk was titled ‘The (un)smart city: Fictions of sentient urban futures’. The podcast of the talk is available here (opens external website).
  • Ayona Datta was quoted in two articles for her comments on India’s recent move to build 100 smart cities in the next decade. On 22 June in The Economic Times (opens external website) and on 29 June in South China Morning Post (opens external website).
  • In June Louise Waite was the invited speaker at the Wilberforce Institute for the Study of Slavery and Emancipation as part of their Refugee Week programme. Louise spoke about her research with Hannah Lewis and Stuart Hodkinson around asylum and modern slavery.
  • Louise Waite and Hannah Lewis gave a paper at the IRiS International Conference on Superdiversity at the University of Birmingham, 23 June, on Hyper-precarity: Understanding and tackling labour exploitation?
  • Louise Waite, Stuart Hodkinson and Hannah Lewis recently held three workshops in Leeds, Manchester and London as part of their ESRC Knowledge Exchange grant entitled Tackling labour exploitation among refugees and asylum seekers. The workshops were designed to launch the guide, posters and postcards that they have been producing throughout the project – these can be seen here. The response to the workshops was overwhelming with over 120 people attending from a range of migrant and refugee organisations, statutory providers, unions and employment rights networks, and anti-trafficking organisations. The third workshop in London ended with our final Platform meeting to discuss the future for tackling labour exploitation among asylum seekers and refugees in the UK, as we hope this project will have an ‘impact life’ far beyond the end of grant date.
  • Ayona Datta has received a book contract from Zed Books for a co-edited collection titled Ecological Citizenships in the Global South: Re-imagining rights, justice and democracy. Paul Routledge is a contributing author to the collection.
  • Paul Routledge spoke on issues of development and displacement at a public showing of A River Changes Course about recent changes in Cambodia at the Green Film Festival at Hyde Park Cinema on 3 June.
  • Ayona Datta delivered the CRASSH (Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities) lecture in University of Cambridge on 22 April 2014. Her lecture was titled The Intimate City: Violence, gender and everyday life in Delhi.
  • Ayona Datta published an article on 17 April 2014 in the Guardian newspaper titled India’s smart city craze: Big, green and doomed from the start? This is part of Guardian’s ongoing coverage on smart cities and the Indian elections. The article is currently 5th most popular on the Guardian Cities website. As of 28 April it had elicited 44 comments and has been shared 170 times on Twitter and over 160 times on Facebook. It is available here (opens external website). 
  • Louise Waite and Hannah Lewis have been offered a book contract with Palgrave for a book entitled Vulnerability, exploitation and migrants. Insecure work in a globalised economy (to be published in 2015). It is an edited collection that springs from their Precarious Lives conference in Leeds. The collection will produce a genuinely cross-disciplinary conversation that spans both the disciplines of human geography, sociology, social policy, politics, anthropology and business studies, and academic and activist perspectives. The other editors are Prof. Gary Craig (University of Durham) and Klara Skrivankova (Anti-Slavery International).