Eleanor Martin

  • PhD candidate

email: e.martin.1@research.gla.ac.uk 

telephone: 0141 330 1686

Room 309, East Quadrangle

Research title: Building the Clubhouse: the geographies of ‘working communities’ as spaces of mental health recovery in the UK.

Research Summary

Research title

The geographies of 'working communities' as spaces of mental health recovery in the UK.

Summary of research

'Working communities' emerged as places of support for individuals diagnosed with severe and enduring mental health conditions following the deinstitutionalisation of the psychiatric treatment system in the United States during the mid-twentieth century. These places focus on facilitating mental health recovery through community building and undertaking work, both as meaningful activity, and gainful employment. My research entails a year-long ethnographic study in a working community based in Glasgow, that has been in existence for over twenty years. My exploration of the space as participant observer and observant participant has helped me to build an understanding of the emotional and embodied geographies of the space of the working community. Additionally, my research comprises semi-structured interviews with staff and service users at the working community, to comprehend their feelings and experiences about work, working, and the working community.


College of Science and Engineering doctoral scholarship 2016-2020

School of Geographical and Earth Sciences conference support 2018, awarded £170 for conference attendance.


Co-convenor of Emerging and New Researchers in the Geographies of Health and Impairment (ENRGHI) conference at The University of Bristol, 17th and 18th June 2018.



Geography 1 Lab demonstrator 2017-2018

Geography 1 Tutor 2018-2019