Dr Philip Nicholson
- Lecturer (School of Geographical & Earth Sciences)
My PhD work was concerned with unpacking the past, current and future of GIS from an arts and humanities perspective, and in particular how the body becomes a repository, or archive, of embodied practices associated with a particular set of technologies. I am also trained as an artist, and the most significant, and unique, element of my PhD project was the deployment of my creative practice as a tool of enquiry. Methodologically, my research is built on observations of and dialogues with GIS practitioners from academia and business; the data I collect becomes part of a practice-led geovisualisation process often comprising of videos works, performances, collages, circuit bending experiments, and so on that pull-apart and unpack the ‘how’, ‘what’ and ‘where’ of GIS.
Recently I have been given the opportunity to work as a postdoctoral research assistant on a set of inter-linked, cross-disciplinary and cross-border projects to develop creative geovisualisation as a method of working collaboratively and creatively to map social and physical data sets, but also to map the messy work of knowledge production itself.
I am especially interested in the dense power relations within which geospatial technologies are deployed, and how communities can, and are allowed to, engage with such technologies and the data they produce. I have been able to bring to my postdoctoral work a research strand that addresses this via hands-on discussions with communities in Malawi, and would very much like to continue with this work.
- AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award Studentship (£56,000)
- School of Culture and Creative Arts Creative Practice Fund (£200)
- School of Geographical and Earth Sciences (£300)
- Creative Enlightenment follow-on funding (£600)
- School of Geographical and Earth Sciences Mobility Fund (£980)