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Nichola Wood Dr Nichola Wood

Contact details

Room 10.110 Irene Manton Building
School of Geography
University of Leeds
University Road
Leeds LS2 9JT   UK

Email:
n.x.wood

Telephone:
+44 (0) 113 34 33348

Student hours:
I operate an open door policy. To see me at other times please email me to book an appointment.

Research overview

My research interests bridge social, cultural, political and emotional geographies in an attempt to study the role that emotions play in the formation and lived experience of social, cultural and political identities. More specifically, I am interested in exploring the social and political significance of the relationships between cultural practices, processes of identity formation, encounters with difference and people's emotional attachments to particular communities. 

Research interests

  • Geographies of nation and national identity
  • Geographies of music and musical performance
  • Emotional geographies
  • Non-representational styles of research
  • Pragmatism and geography - and, in particular, the intersections between Pragmatism, non-representational thinking and emotional geographies
  • LGBT experiences of the workplace and higher education
  • Performative styles of research
  • Lived experiences of difference and the transmission of attitudes towards difference

PhD Supervision

I welcome PhD applications in the following areas:
 
  • Nationalism, nationalist politics and national identities (at a variety of spatial scales)
  • Citizenship
  • Cosmopolitanism
  • The emotional geographies of belonging
  • Geographies of sexuality; geographies of music
  • ‘more-than-representational’ geographies

Research students

  • Jennifer Brown, ESRC (1+3) (Sept. 2008-present), ‘A Home from Home? (De)constructing conceptualisations of home in experiences of transnational Polish migrant families in Manchester’. 
  • Tom Collins – ESRC (1+3), (Sept. 2010-present), ‘How do Notions of 'Pride' and 'Pride of Place' get Mobilised within the City of Nottingham?’
  • Jo Dagustun – ESRC (1+3, part-time) (Sept. 2007-present), ‘Reclaiming Power, Reclaiming Birth: the potential for individual and community action to improve women’s childbirth experiences’.
  • Anna Gawlewicz – ERC, (Nov. 2010-present), ‘Lived Experience: the Transmission of Attitudes Towards Difference’.
  • Kate Kipling - ESRC (1+3) (Sept. 2010-present), ‘Making British citizens: The role of citizenship ceremonies in integration, social cohesion and belonging’.

Presentations

Conferences

  • Wood, N and Valentine, G. (2010) ‘“…apparently you can’t be bisexual”: Bisexual experiences of inequality, prejudice and discrimination in the workplace’. Presented at BiReCon, University of East London, 26th August.
  • Wood, N and Valentine, G. (2010) ‘Invisible Subjects: Bisexual Experiences of Inequality, Prejudice and Discrimination in the Workplace’. Presented at the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Conference, Vienna, 14th-16th July.
  • Wood, N (2010) ‘“…apparently you can’t be bisexual”: An exploration of inter- and intra- equality strand tensions in the workplace’. Presented at ‘Geographies of Difference and Co-Existence’ at the Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Washington, DC, 14th-18th April.
  • Wood N (2009) ‘Feminist Engagements with the Geopolitical: Lessons from Pragmatism’. Presented at RGS-IBG annual meeting, Manchester, 26th-28th August.
  • Wood N (2008) 'Playing with Tradition: Musical (Re)Productions of 'Scottishness' and the Limits of Recognition'. Presented at 'Alternative Nationalisms: (Un)Doing National Spaces of Belonging' at the Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Boston, MA, 15th-19th April.
  • Wood N (2007) 'The Role and Significance of Emotions and Place in Studies of National Identity'. Presented at 'Emotions and Politics: The Importance of Place' at the Annual Conference of the Royal Geographical Society with the Institute of British Geographers 2007, London, 29th-31st August.
  • Wood N (2007) '"It's Like an Instant Bond": Nations, Primordial Ties and the Challenge of/for Diversity'. Presented at The 7th International Conference on Diversity in Organisations, Communities and Nations, Amsterdam, 3rd-6th July.
  • Wood N (2007) 'Passionate Practices: The Role and Significance of Emotion in Geographies of Nation and National Identity'. Presented at 'Relocating Nationalism: Geography and the Reproduction of the Nation' at the Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, San Francisco, CA, 17th-21st April.
  • Wood N (2006) ‘Performing ‘Scottishness’: The Musical (Re)Production of Scottish National Identities’. Guest lecture presented at The Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, Glasgow, 30th November.
  • Wood N (2006) 'The Intimate Geographies of National Identity'. Presented at The Second International and Interdisciplinary Emotional Geographies Conference, Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, 25th-27th May.
  • Wood N (2005) 'Feeling Scottish: Musical Performances, Intimate Encounters and the 'Doings' of National Identity'. Presented at the 101st Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Denver, 5th-9th April.
  • Wood N and Smith SJ (2002) 'Instrumental Routes to Emotional Geographies'. Presented at Emotional Geographies: An Interdisciplinary Conference on the Role of Emotions in Everyday Life, University of Lancaster, 23rd-25th September.
  • Duffy M, Smith SJ and Wood N (2001) 'Musical Methodologies'. Presented at 'Sonic Geographies' at the 97th Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, New York NY, 27th February - 3rd March.
  • Wood N (2001) 'Celebrating a Past: Creating a Future? A Musical Exploration of Scottish Cultural (Re)Production'. Presented at 'Flag or Fiction? Reproducing Nations, Nationalisms and Nationalities in Everyday Life' at The 97th Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, New York NY, 27th February - 3rd March.
  • Wood N (2000) 'Harmonious Negotiations? The Role of Music in (Re)Producing Scottish National Culture'. Presented at 'Popular Music and National Culture' an international, interdisciplinary conference organised by the International Association for the Study of Popular Music, Ljubljana, Slovenia, 23rd-25th November.

Panels & sessions

  • 'Alternative Nationalisms: (Un)Doing National Spaces of Belonging' (2008): held at the Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Boston, MA, 15th-19th April (co-convened with Fiona Smith, University of Dundee).
  • ‘Scales of Belonging’ (2007): held at the Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, San Francisco, CA, 17th-21st April (co-convened with Gill Valentine, University of Leeds).
  • Co-convened and participated in a 'Pragmatistic Geographies' panel session held at the 101st Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Denver, 5th-9th April, 2005.

Invited presentations

  • Wood, N. (2010) ‘The Emotional Power of Being and Belonging’. Plenary talk presented at Interact 2010: Being and Belonging (a conference organised by Co-operative Learning and Development Associates), Barnsley, 9th July.
  • Wood N (2008) ‘Exploring Emotional Geographies through musical methods?’ Presented as part of the  Leeds Social Sciences Institute research methods seminar series, 28th February.
  • Wood N (2008) ‘Performing ‘Scottishness’: The Musical (Re)Production of Scottish National Identities’. Guest lecture presented at The Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, Glasgow, 1st February.
  • Wood, N. (2007) '"You feel good about yourself, you feel good about your country": Disentangling the Emotional Geographies of National Identity'. Departmental seminar presented at the Department of Geography, University of Reading, 4th December.