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Dr Helen F. Wilson

Associate Professor


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Associate Professor in the Department of Geography407+44 (0) 191 33 41876
Associate Professor of Geographies of Life407+44 (0) 191 33 41876

Biography

Biography and Research

am a cultural and social geographer interested in the geographies and politics of embodied difference – both human and non-human. I joined the Department of Geography in 2017 following a Senior Lectureship at the University of Manchester, and previous positions at the University of Hull and Durham University. I completed a BA, MA, and PhD (2011) at Durham University.

My work is focused on the geographies of encounter; urban life and living; how embodied difference is negotiated, contested, and supported in times crisis, and/or contestation; and manifestations of conflict that fold in questions of race, culture, and species. 

My research interests include: encounterable life; difference; affect and emotion; cultural theory; animal studies; geographies of education; race and racism; multiculture; urban life and living; and the politics of tolerance. My current research explores the fraught politics of coexistence through the case of urban kittiwakes in both the UK and Norway. 

Research groups

Awarded Grants

  • 2021: Solidarity in Diversity(£216594.28 from Interreg (ERDF) Europe)
  • 2019: ESRC IAA Festival of Social Science Event, The Urban Kittiwake Project, ESRC, £1000.00, 2019-04-01 - 2019-03-31
  • 2018: RI150026: IAA Multispecies Entanglements, ESRC Centre for Social and Economic Research, £1000.00, 2018-06-01 - 2019-01-31

Publications

Authored book

  • Wilson, Helen F. (Forthcoming). Robin. Reaktion.

Book review

  • Wilson, Helen F. (2012). Book Review: A Women’s Berlin: Building the Modern City. Urban Studies 49(1): 225.

Chapter in book

  • Wilson, Helen F. (2020). Data Management. In Research Ethics for Human Geography. Wilson, Helen F. & Darling, Jonathan Sage, London.
  • Wilson, Helen F. (2020). Anonymity. In Research Ethics for Human Geography. Wilson, Helen F. & Darling, Jonathan Sage, London.
  • Lobo, Michele, Kelly, David & Wilson, Helen F. (2020). Participatory Approaches. In Research Ethics for Human Geography. Wilson, Helen F. & Darling, Jonathan Sage, London.
  • Farías, Mónica & Wilson, Helen F. (2020). Voluntary Spaces. In Research Ethics for Human Geography. Wilson, Helen F. & Darling, Jonathan Sage, London.
  • Darling, Jonathan & Wilson, Helen F. (2020). Geography and Ethics. In Research Ethics for Human Geography. Wilson, Helen F. & Darling, Jonathan Sage.
  • Wilson, Helen F. (2019). Animal Encounters: a genre of contact. In Animal Encounters: Contact, Interaction and Relationality. Bohm, A. & Ullrich, J. J.B.Metzler.
  • Wilson, Helen F, Burman, E, Miles, S & Warren, S (2019). Other(ed) childhoods: supplementary schools and the politics of learning. In Intersectionality and Difference in Childhood and Youth: Global Perspectives. Von Benzon, N. & Wilkinson, C. Routledge.
  • Wilson, Helen F (2018). On the paradox of 'organised' encounter. In Cultural Encounters as Intervention Practices. Christiansen, Lene Bull, Galal, Lise Paulsen & Hvenegard-Lassen,Kirsten Routledge.
  • Wilson, Helen F. (2017). Building Coalitions: Solidarities, friendships, and tackling inequality. In Place, Diversity and Solidarity. Oosterlynck, S., Schuermans, N. & Loopmans, M. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge. 51-70.
  • Wilson, Helen F. (2016). Sonic geographies, sound walks and more-than-representational methods. In The Auditory Culture Reader. Bull, M. & Back, L. Bloomsbury. 163-172.
  • Wilson, Helen F. (2016). Encounters. In Urban Theory: New Critical Perspectives. Jayne, M. & Ward, K. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge. 109-121.
  • Wilson, Helen F. & Darling, Jonathan (2016). The possibilities of encounter. In Encountering the City: Urban Encounters from Accra to New York. Wilson, Helen F. & Darling, Jonathan Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge. 1-24.
  • Wilson, Helen F. (2016). Encountering Havana: texts, aesthetics, and documentary encounters. In Encountering the City: Urban Encounters from Accra to New York. Darling, J. & Wilson, H.F Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge. 203-220.

Edited book

  • Wilson, Helen F. & Darling, Jonathan (2020). Research Ethics for Human Geography. Sage.
  • Darling, Jonathan & Wilson, Helen F. (2016). Encountering the City: Urban Encounters from Accra to New York. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge.

Journal Article

Other (Print)

  • Featherstone, David., Wilson, Helen F., Crossan, John & Sanyal, Romola (2017). Book review symposium: Metropolitan Preoccupations: The Spatial Politics of Squatting in Berlin. Urban Studies 54(1): 292.
  • Wilson, Helen F. (2017). The rise of intolerance? Brexit and the problem with stasis. 25-27.
  • Wilson, Helen F. (2017). The Geography of Brexit.
  • Wilson, Helen F. (2016). BREXIT: ON THE RISE OF ‘(IN)TOLERANCE’. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space (open site)

Supervision students