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Experiencing research fieldwork through suburban tour-guiding
This project, running for one year from 1st April 2012 aims to involve local community activists in the suburban cases being studied by the EPSRC-funded UCL Adaptable Suburbs project (ref: EP/I001212/1). ‘Local Champions’, one for each of three suburban case studies – Surbiton, South Norwood and Loughton – will be recruited for a unique collaboration between academic researchers and local community activists that focuses on suburban tour-guiding. Advised by our PhD students (under academic supervision) and trained by experienced walking tour guides, each Local Champion will devise and deliver (at least twice) their own walking tour in their local area and follow these up by leading a specialist community-mapping workshop (one for each suburb) organised through the Adaptable Suburbs project. As local history enthusiasts and community activists the Champions would be drawn from non-traditional research backgrounds. The collaboration will innovate methodologically by developing and testing a web-based, community-orientated ‘auto-ethnography’, using the suburban walking tours as starting points. This approach will combine PPGIS with anthropological methods in new ways, enabling our Champions to learn new skills and academics to develop existing techniques for gathering information on locality, living patterns and social networks in ways that differ from those offered by traditional academic methods.
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  • The Bartlett School of Architecture
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