Critical Urban Ethnography: Place, people and power


26/05/2016 - 27/05/2016

Organised by:

The University of Edinburgh


Michaela Benson, Senior Lecturer in Sociology at Goldsmiths, University of London.
Suzanne Hall, Assistant Professor in Department of Sociology, London School of Economics
Emma Jackson, Lecturer in Sociology, Goldsmiths, University of London


Intermediate (some prior knowledge)


Laura Marshall
0131 651 3001


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Richard Hoggart Building 256, Goldsmiths College, Lewisham Way, London


This two-day course provides advanced training in urban ethnographic research. The course is designed to develop knowledge and understanding of ethnographic research through urban field encounters, and encourages participants to be attentive to how and why ethnography makes sense of the spatial and symbolic dimensions of urban change. The course aims to develop knowledge, understanding and confidence in conducting urban ethnography.


The course includes field-based training and peripatetic teaching methods focussed on a particular fieldsite — Peckham in South London — alongside classroom-based workshops, in order to explore how places and people are connected to wider urban processes including  discrimination, diversification, mobility and gentrification .


Course participants will explore the challenges and strengths of urban ethnography through field encounters. In this way, the course inspires experiences that focus both on ethnography as a way of finding out and a process of critical reflection, connecting the particularities of people and places to wider processes of urbanisation.

There are no prerequisites for the course. However, a familiarity with urban ethnography - either through prior experience or training — would be valuable.

Participants will receive a reading pack in advance of the seminar.



• £30 per day for UK/EU registered students
• £60 per day for staff at UK/EU academic institutions, UK/EU Research Councils researchers, UK/EU public sector staff and staff at UK/EU registered charity organisations and recognised UK/EU research institutions.
• £220 per day for all other participants

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Greater London


Ethnographic Research, Ethnography, Urban Practice , Participant observation , Place, people and power

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Ethnographic Research

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