Dr John Crossan

  • Widening Participation Postgraduate Tutor (Marketing, Recruitment & International Office)
  • Honorary Research Associate (School of Geographical and Earth Sciences)

Research interests

Research Overview  

My research is concerned fundamentally with the urban environment - its production, its use and its potential. My work is also driven by broader social and political concerns about inequality in contemporary cities, particularly Glasgow, where I live and work. Inspired by a variety of theories and practices (e.g. post-political theory, feminist theory and anarchist theory and practice) my work focuses on the spatial dimensions of existing power relations and the generative potential of place making in aiding the production of new forms of power.

My recent work is centered around two research projects:

Banners Tales of Glasgow

Banner Tales of Glasgow is a series of witness workshops around selected labour history banners held in Glasgow Museums’ collection. People with direct experience of the events or organisations represented by the banners, and people with an interest in the subject and the local area of the city associated with the banners, are invited to discuss them – their creation, use, care and decommission. This is a platform to share personal testimony and experience about the banners and discuss the aspects of Glasgow’s recent past which they represent. The project met four key aims: (1) to give presence and voice to those who have participated in organising movements, disputes, and occupations in Glasgow; (2) to impact on the way Glasgow Museums interacts with hard-to-reach groups who would not usually take part in Glasgow Museum’s core venue and festival programmes; (3) to further enrich existing object files for each banner; and (4) to contribute to a growing academic literature on past urban civic traditions and movements. The first phase of the project – the workshops – has recently concluded. Dr David Featherstone and I have now begun the second phase of the project. Working in collaboration with Glasgow Museums and the curators of the Janey Buchan Political Song Collection our aim is to develop an online multimedia platform that draws together different materials – songs, photographs, poems etc. – on community and workplace organising cultures in Glasgow in the post-war period.

 

The Caring City: Sustainable Communities of Care in Glasgow                     

In collaboration with the Glasgow Local Food Network (GLFN) this research project explores the inter-relationships between sustainability, health and quality of life. It does this through actively engaging with grassroots groups involved in initiatives concerned with improving health, sustainability and quality of life in urban areas. By focusing on how these groups develop new, and maintain existing collaborative initiatives around local food production and consumption, the project looks beyond existing top-down public policy initiatives to aid in the development of a bottom-up and collaborative model of sharing and learning in urban food systems.


Grants

Banner Tales of Glasgow: Workplace, cultures, solidarities and political activity in Glasgow, University of Glasgow Knowledge Exchange Fund (research in collaboration with Glasgow Museums and GMB)

Banner Tales of Glasgow in Print, University of Glasgow Chancellors Fund

Workplace and Community Organising Cultures in Glasgow: Online Media Platform, ESRC Impact Fund 


Teaching

I have taught at 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th year undergraduate levels in both tutorial and lab/class settings. I am currently teaching high school pupils at levels 2, 3, 4 and 5 as part of the University of Glasgow's Widening Participation program.

 

 

 


Publications

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2016

Shaw, D., Crossan, J., Cumbers, A., McMaster, R., Trebeck, K. and Black, I. (2016) Open Space: Places of prosumption: Community gardens putting the ‘we’ into neighbourhoods. Families, Relationships and Societies, 5(3), pp. 473-479. (doi:10.1332/204674316X14758523887982)

Crossan, J. (2016) Re-appropriating the political through enacting a pedagogical politics of place. Area, (doi:10.1111/area.12301) (Early Online Publication)

Crossan, J.M., Featherstone, D.J., Hayes, F., Hughes, H.M., Jamieson, C. and Leonard, R. (2016) Trade union banners and the construction of a working class presence: notes from two labour disputes in 1980s Glasgow and North Lanarkshire. Area, 48(3), pp. 357-364. (doi:10.1111/area.12272)

Crossan, J., Cumbers, A., McMaster, R. and Shaw, D. (2016) Contesting neoliberal urbanism in Glasgow's community gardens: The practice of DIY citizenship. Antipode: A Radical Journal of Geography, 48(4), pp. 937-955. (doi:10.1111/anti.12220)

2015

Crossan, J., Cumbers, A., McMaster, R. and Shaw, D. (2015) Glasgow’s Community Gardens: Neoliberal Spaces or Sites of Radical Potential? Geographies of the Anthropocene. In: RGS-IBG Annual International Conference, University of Exeter, 01-04 Sep 2015, (Unpublished)

Crossan, J., Shaw, D., Cumbers, A. and McMaster, R. (2015) Glasgow's Community Gardens: Sustainable Communities of Care. Project Report. University of Glasgow, Glasgow.

Cumbers, A., Crossan, J., McMaster, R. and Shaw, D. (2015) Social Provisioning and Capabilities: The Case of Community Gardens in Glasgow. In: 15th World Congress of Social Economics, Ontario, Canada, 22-24 Jun 2015, (Unpublished)

Shaw, D., Crossan, J., Cumbers, A. and McMaster, R. (2015) Community Gardens: New Spaces for DIY Citizenship? In: 40th Annual Macromarketing Conference, Chicago, IL, USA, 25-28 Jun 2015, (Unpublished)

2014

Shaw, D., Cumbers, A., McMaster, R. and Crossan, J. (2014) Preliminary research findings. In: Making Local Food Happen: Community Gardening in Glasgow, The Lighthouse, Glasgow, UK, 13 June 2014,

This list was generated on Fri Oct 20 08:01:19 2017 BST.
Number of items: 9.

Articles

Shaw, D., Crossan, J., Cumbers, A., McMaster, R., Trebeck, K. and Black, I. (2016) Open Space: Places of prosumption: Community gardens putting the ‘we’ into neighbourhoods. Families, Relationships and Societies, 5(3), pp. 473-479. (doi:10.1332/204674316X14758523887982)

Crossan, J. (2016) Re-appropriating the political through enacting a pedagogical politics of place. Area, (doi:10.1111/area.12301) (Early Online Publication)

Crossan, J.M., Featherstone, D.J., Hayes, F., Hughes, H.M., Jamieson, C. and Leonard, R. (2016) Trade union banners and the construction of a working class presence: notes from two labour disputes in 1980s Glasgow and North Lanarkshire. Area, 48(3), pp. 357-364. (doi:10.1111/area.12272)

Crossan, J., Cumbers, A., McMaster, R. and Shaw, D. (2016) Contesting neoliberal urbanism in Glasgow's community gardens: The practice of DIY citizenship. Antipode: A Radical Journal of Geography, 48(4), pp. 937-955. (doi:10.1111/anti.12220)

Research Reports or Papers

Crossan, J., Shaw, D., Cumbers, A. and McMaster, R. (2015) Glasgow's Community Gardens: Sustainable Communities of Care. Project Report. University of Glasgow, Glasgow.

Conference Proceedings

Crossan, J., Cumbers, A., McMaster, R. and Shaw, D. (2015) Glasgow’s Community Gardens: Neoliberal Spaces or Sites of Radical Potential? Geographies of the Anthropocene. In: RGS-IBG Annual International Conference, University of Exeter, 01-04 Sep 2015, (Unpublished)

Cumbers, A., Crossan, J., McMaster, R. and Shaw, D. (2015) Social Provisioning and Capabilities: The Case of Community Gardens in Glasgow. In: 15th World Congress of Social Economics, Ontario, Canada, 22-24 Jun 2015, (Unpublished)

Shaw, D., Crossan, J., Cumbers, A. and McMaster, R. (2015) Community Gardens: New Spaces for DIY Citizenship? In: 40th Annual Macromarketing Conference, Chicago, IL, USA, 25-28 Jun 2015, (Unpublished)

Shaw, D., Cumbers, A., McMaster, R. and Crossan, J. (2014) Preliminary research findings. In: Making Local Food Happen: Community Gardening in Glasgow, The Lighthouse, Glasgow, UK, 13 June 2014,

This list was generated on Fri Oct 20 08:01:19 2017 BST.