Brick Lane in Numbers

Stuart Aitken, Head of Content at DigitasLBi, introduces a new piece of research which demonstrates what social media can tell us about places. ‘Brick Lane in Numbers’ was first presented at the Social media, policy and place event hosted by DigitasLBi, which explored the ways that commercial companies, researchers and policy makers can use social media data to understand interactions with place.

“During the time I spent looking for it, Brick Lane changed for ever” – Rachel Lichtenstein Read More

Making sense of the place in which we live: more than a feeling!

Making sense of the place in which we live, is complex. It is certainly not simply about fixed, quantifiable, geographical parameters but it is multidimensional and feelings about a place, about its community and what is valued in that place, are highly significant [1,2,3]. Communities will comprise homogeneous and heterogeneous groups, [4] and so multiple meanings and values will likely be conveyed from amongst the community. Consequently the ability to capture the breadth and depth of local views is warranted and invariably, this will require a highly interdisciplinary approach to make sense of these views. Read More

Landscaping Change

Changes in landscapes inevitably impact on local communities. Whether they are caused by environmental events, regeneration and conservation initiatives, or development spurred by business, changes to the material fabric of place can disturb the experience of those whose sense of identity and feelings of belonging may be entangled with that place. Through the support of the British Academy’s Rising Star Engagement Award, over the course of 2015 I will be hosting a series of events around Bristol and Bath which aim to foster critical discussion and performative evaluation of landscapes and places under processes of change. Read More

What places mean to people, and why this is important for health and wellbeing?

Research in health geography is building a significant body of knowledge about how and why places matter for our health and wellbeing. The research links to a wider body of interdisciplinary research on the ‘wider (social) determinants of health’ [1] which include aspects of the natural, built and social environment that are important for our health and wellbeing. These attributes of places act together with other factors that influence our health, such as our individual characteristics and behaviours and the medical care and treatment we receive. Read More