shawn bodden




I’m a PhD researcher in geography at the University of Edinburgh. I use ethnographic, collaborative and arts-based methods to study community experiences of moral and political problems and the projects people get up to to fix them.

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shawn bodden







community centres; cafes; gathering places    

I’m interested in the ways people go about making ‘good’ spaces, variously defined: welcoming; tolerant; alternative; collectively-owned; community; independent; or just comfortable. This has been one of the main focuses in my PhD research project on community centres and activist spaces in Budapest, Hungary. As a critical ethnography, the project examines the everyday work done by the staff, volunteers and communities who operate these spaces to open and keep open spaces within a wider ecology of social and political change.