Dr Heather McLean

  • Research Associate (School of Geographical & Earth Sciences)

Research interests

Research Interests

 I am a critical urban geographer with research interests focusing on culture-led regeneration, precarity, arts interventions and everyday geographies of agency and resistance. I work from feminist, queer, postcolonial and participatory paradigms, with a key aim of actively engaged research that, both theoretically and methodologically, decentres dominant discourses and engages participants in knowledge co-production.  

My current research seeks to understand underrepresented artists’ and activists’ efforts to forge cross sectoral solidarities within a paradigm of austerity urbanism. Specifically, I am exploring how arts-based social enterprise organisations and artist-run centres support marginalised communities across the UK.  Situating itself within feminist community economies research, my research provides a detailed, empirical and community-engaged investigation into the heterogeneous terrain of specifically arts-based social enterprises and cooperatives.

I am also currently investigating the political potential of cabaret, alter-ego performance, stand-up comedy and urban arts interventions as world-making projects that allow us to imagine and enact alternative urban futures and theoretical orientations.

Biography

Pre-academia, I spent several years working as a community planner in Toronto, Ontario. Interested in the contradictory role of urban arts interventions within neighbourhood regeneration initiatives, my PhD research analyzed Toronto-based culture-led community planning strategies that strive to transform disinvested neighbourhoods into higher end retail and residential areas. I argued that these initiatives signal the neoliberalization of urban planning in ways that deepened racialized, classed and gendered inequalities. I also demonstrated how community organizations, residents and artists found ways to leverage these initiatives to catalyse anti-gentrification activism. I spent a further 12 months at the University of Toronto Scarborough researching community-university partnerships and service learning

 


Grants

2017, Economic and Social Research Council Future Research Leader Award -- Arts-Based Community Economies in An Age of Austerity -- https://artsandcommunityeconomies.wordpress.com

2015, Antipode Activist Workshop Award (with David Featherstone, Laura-Jane Nolan, Katy Hastie and Susan Fitzpatrick) -- The Arts and Precarity: A Radical Cabaret and Workshop, Kinning Park Complex, Glasgow. January 22 and 23rd, 2016

 

 


Supervision

Grant Anderson (co-supervisor with Professor Chris Philo). A Geographical Account of Gender Transgression in Scotland


Teaching

Pedagogic Ethos

I am a multidisciplinary urban scholar with a keen interest in active learning methodologies and community-engaged research. In lectures and seminars, I incorporate cooperative pedagogical practices that encourage students to play a role in producing knowledge. I also facilitate activities that link theory with practice and stimulate knowledge development that suites a range of learning styles.


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Publications

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Jump to: 2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2009
Number of items: 15.

2018

McLean, H. (2018) In praise of chaotic research pathways: A feminist response to planetary urbanization. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, 36(3), pp. 547-555. (doi:10.1177/0263775817713751)

McLean, H. (2018) Regulating and resisting queer creativity: community-engaged arts practice in the neoliberal city. Urban Studies, (doi:10.1177/0042098018755066) (Early Online Publication)

2017

McLean, H. (2017) Hos in the garden: staging and resisting neoliberal creativity. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, 35(1), pp. 38-56. (doi:10.1177/0263775816654915)

Kern, L. and McLean, H. (2017) Undecidability and the urban: Feminist pathways through urban political economy. ACME: An International E-Journal for Critical Geographies, 16(3), pp. 405-426.

2016

McLean, H., Nolan, L.-J. and Featherstone, D. (2016) The Arts and Precarity: Forging New Solidarities (A Cabaret and Workshop). The Arts and Precarity: Forging New Solidarities (A Cabaret and Workshop), Glasgow, UK, Jan 22 2016.

2015

McLean, H., Rankin, K. and Kamizaki, K. (2015) Inner-suburban neighbourhoods, activist research and the social space of the commercial street. ACME: An International E-Journal for Critical Geographies, 14(4), pp. 1283-1308.

Rankin, K. and McLean, H. (2015) Governing the commercial streets of the city: new terrains of disinvestment and gentrification in Toronto's inner suburbs. Antipode: A Radical Journal of Geography, 47(1), pp. 216-239. (doi:10.1111/anti.12096)

2014

McLean, H. (2014) Cracks in the creative city: the contradictions of community arts practice. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, 38(6), pp. 2156-2173. (doi:10.1111/1468-2427.12168)

McLean, H. (2014) Digging into the creative city: a feminist critique. Antipode: A Radical Journal of Geography, 46(3), pp. 669-690. (doi:10.1111/anti.12078)

2013

Rankin, K. N., Kamizaki, K. and McLean, H. (2013) The State of Business in Mount Dennis: Disinvestment and Gentrification in Toronto's Inner-Suburbs. Project Report. University of Toronto, Toronto.

Bain, A. and McLean, H. (2013) The artistic precariat. Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society, 6(1), pp. 93-111. (doi:10.1093/cjres/rss020)

McLean, H. and Rahder, B. (2013) The exclusionary politics of creative communities: the case of Kensington Market Pedestrian Sundays. Canadian Journal of Urban Research, 22(1), pp. 99-111.

Rahder, B. and McLean, H. (2013) Other ways of knowing your place: immigrant women's experience of public space in Toronto. Canadian Journal of Urban Research, 22(1), pp. 145-166.

2009

McLean, H. (2009) The assbook intervention: nuit blanche and the race to compete with arts and culture. Canadian Theatre Review, 138, pp. 94-110.

McLean, H. E. (2009) The politics of creative performance in public space: towards a critical geography of Toronto case studies. In: Spaces of Vernacular Creativity: Rethinking the Cultural Economy. Series: Routledge studies in human geography. Routledge. ISBN 9780415480956

This list was generated on Mon Feb 18 22:20:00 2019 GMT.
Number of items: 15.

Articles

McLean, H. (2018) In praise of chaotic research pathways: A feminist response to planetary urbanization. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, 36(3), pp. 547-555. (doi:10.1177/0263775817713751)

McLean, H. (2018) Regulating and resisting queer creativity: community-engaged arts practice in the neoliberal city. Urban Studies, (doi:10.1177/0042098018755066) (Early Online Publication)

McLean, H. (2017) Hos in the garden: staging and resisting neoliberal creativity. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, 35(1), pp. 38-56. (doi:10.1177/0263775816654915)

Kern, L. and McLean, H. (2017) Undecidability and the urban: Feminist pathways through urban political economy. ACME: An International E-Journal for Critical Geographies, 16(3), pp. 405-426.

McLean, H., Rankin, K. and Kamizaki, K. (2015) Inner-suburban neighbourhoods, activist research and the social space of the commercial street. ACME: An International E-Journal for Critical Geographies, 14(4), pp. 1283-1308.

Rankin, K. and McLean, H. (2015) Governing the commercial streets of the city: new terrains of disinvestment and gentrification in Toronto's inner suburbs. Antipode: A Radical Journal of Geography, 47(1), pp. 216-239. (doi:10.1111/anti.12096)

McLean, H. (2014) Cracks in the creative city: the contradictions of community arts practice. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, 38(6), pp. 2156-2173. (doi:10.1111/1468-2427.12168)

McLean, H. (2014) Digging into the creative city: a feminist critique. Antipode: A Radical Journal of Geography, 46(3), pp. 669-690. (doi:10.1111/anti.12078)

Bain, A. and McLean, H. (2013) The artistic precariat. Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society, 6(1), pp. 93-111. (doi:10.1093/cjres/rss020)

McLean, H. and Rahder, B. (2013) The exclusionary politics of creative communities: the case of Kensington Market Pedestrian Sundays. Canadian Journal of Urban Research, 22(1), pp. 99-111.

Rahder, B. and McLean, H. (2013) Other ways of knowing your place: immigrant women's experience of public space in Toronto. Canadian Journal of Urban Research, 22(1), pp. 145-166.

McLean, H. (2009) The assbook intervention: nuit blanche and the race to compete with arts and culture. Canadian Theatre Review, 138, pp. 94-110.

Book Sections

McLean, H. E. (2009) The politics of creative performance in public space: towards a critical geography of Toronto case studies. In: Spaces of Vernacular Creativity: Rethinking the Cultural Economy. Series: Routledge studies in human geography. Routledge. ISBN 9780415480956

Research Reports or Papers

Rankin, K. N., Kamizaki, K. and McLean, H. (2013) The State of Business in Mount Dennis: Disinvestment and Gentrification in Toronto's Inner-Suburbs. Project Report. University of Toronto, Toronto.

Conference or Workshop Item

McLean, H., Nolan, L.-J. and Featherstone, D. (2016) The Arts and Precarity: Forging New Solidarities (A Cabaret and Workshop). The Arts and Precarity: Forging New Solidarities (A Cabaret and Workshop), Glasgow, UK, Jan 22 2016.

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