Dr Michael Howcroft

  • Research Associate (Urban Studies)

Biography

Michael Howcroft is a Research Associate in the Urban Studies Department, working on the AHRC Place Programme. Michael has held an ESRC Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship at the University of Southampton (2022-2023) and was Research Fellow at the Southampton Institute for Arts and Humanities (SIAH), working on the AHRC funded Feeling Towns project. He was also Research Associate at the University of Sheffield, on the Spaces of Hope project. His research interests include: the spatial, political and cultural geographies of pride and shame; civic imaginary theory and praxis; Post-Brexit local government policy and Levelling Up; Queer geographies; Emotional geographies; and community-led planning. With an earlier career as an actor and director, Michael is an experienced facilitator of focus groups and creative workshops, and his projects incorporate mixed methods, ethnographic, place-based approaches. He has collaborated with creative practitioners including poets, youth theatres, visual artists, playwrights, musicians, community-based artists and film makers. Most recently, he co-created a short, animated film titled ‘How Proud?’, funded by the AHRC Place Programme.

Research interests

Publications

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Number of items: 9.

2024

Marsh, N., Howcroft, M. and Owen, J. (2024) "Pride in place" beyond the metrics: Insights from the Feeling Towns project, AHRC Place Programme Policy Brief. Other. University of Glasgow, Glasgow. (doi: 10.36399/gla.pubs.321921).

Baker, C., Atkinson, D., Grabher, B. and Howcroft, M. (2024) Culture, Place and Partnership: The Cultural Relations of Eurovision 2023. Documentation. British Council.

Baker, C., Atkinson, D., Grabher, B. and Howcroft, M. (2024) Soft Power, Cultural Relations and Conflict through Eurovision and Other Mega-events: A Literature Review. Documentation. British Council.

2023

Howcroft, M. (2023) The cultural politics of civic pride through Hull UK City of Culture 2017. Arts and the Market, 13(3), pp. 138-158. (doi: 10.1108/AAM-08-2021-0043)

Owen, J. and Howcroft, M. (2023) Pride(s) in Place(s) Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Pride. Royal Geographical Society Conference 2023, London, UK, 29 August -1 September 2023.

Baker, C. and Howcroft, M. (2023) Gay Bod: civic and LGBTQ+ pride after Brexit in a city on the margins of the UK and Europe. In: Loftsdóttir, K., Hipfl, B. and Ponzanesi, S. (eds.) Creating Europe from the Margins. Routledge: London, pp. 108-124. ISBN 9781003269748 (doi: 10.4324/9781003269748-7)

Chao, A., Frears, E., Howcroft, M. , Owen, J. and Marsh, N. (2023) How Proud? [Artefact]

2022

Marsh, N., Clarke, C., Howcroft, M. and May, W. (2022) Towns and the Cultural Economies of Recovery: A Multidisciplinary Mapping. Project Report. And Towns.

Marsh, N., Ashton, D. and Howcroft, M. (2022) Written evidence submitted to Reimagining where we live: cultural placemaking and the levelling up agenda. Other. Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, UK Government.

This list was generated on Sat Apr 20 02:02:13 2024 BST.
Number of items: 9.

Articles

Howcroft, M. (2023) The cultural politics of civic pride through Hull UK City of Culture 2017. Arts and the Market, 13(3), pp. 138-158. (doi: 10.1108/AAM-08-2021-0043)

Book Sections

Baker, C. and Howcroft, M. (2023) Gay Bod: civic and LGBTQ+ pride after Brexit in a city on the margins of the UK and Europe. In: Loftsdóttir, K., Hipfl, B. and Ponzanesi, S. (eds.) Creating Europe from the Margins. Routledge: London, pp. 108-124. ISBN 9781003269748 (doi: 10.4324/9781003269748-7)

Research Reports or Papers

Marsh, N., Howcroft, M. and Owen, J. (2024) "Pride in place" beyond the metrics: Insights from the Feeling Towns project, AHRC Place Programme Policy Brief. Other. University of Glasgow, Glasgow. (doi: 10.36399/gla.pubs.321921).

Baker, C., Atkinson, D., Grabher, B. and Howcroft, M. (2024) Culture, Place and Partnership: The Cultural Relations of Eurovision 2023. Documentation. British Council.

Baker, C., Atkinson, D., Grabher, B. and Howcroft, M. (2024) Soft Power, Cultural Relations and Conflict through Eurovision and Other Mega-events: A Literature Review. Documentation. British Council.

Marsh, N., Clarke, C., Howcroft, M. and May, W. (2022) Towns and the Cultural Economies of Recovery: A Multidisciplinary Mapping. Project Report. And Towns.

Marsh, N., Ashton, D. and Howcroft, M. (2022) Written evidence submitted to Reimagining where we live: cultural placemaking and the levelling up agenda. Other. Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, UK Government.

Conference or Workshop Item

Owen, J. and Howcroft, M. (2023) Pride(s) in Place(s) Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Pride. Royal Geographical Society Conference 2023, London, UK, 29 August -1 September 2023.

Artefact

Chao, A., Frears, E., Howcroft, M. , Owen, J. and Marsh, N. (2023) How Proud? [Artefact]

This list was generated on Sat Apr 20 02:02:13 2024 BST.

Grants

2022-2023: Pride, shame and the civic imaginary: UK cultural festivals and the levelling up agenda ESRC Post-Doctoral Fellowship Grant number: ES/X004139/1, £95,177

2022-2023: Feeling Towns: the role of place and identity in governance and local policy AHRC AH/W008696/1, £125,000 (Co-Investigator. P-I Nicky Marsh)

Professional activities & recognition

Research fellowships

  • 2022 - 2023: ESRC Post-doctoral Fellowship

Selected international presentations

  • 2023: University of Iceland (Reykjavik, Iceland)
  • 2023: Royal Geographical Society (London, UK)
  • 2023: Regional Studies Association (Ljubljana, Slovenia)
  • 2023: Political Studies Association (Liverpool, UK)
  • 2023: American Association of Geographers (Denver, USA)

Additional information

Michael is a member of the Community Ownership Fund evaluation steering committee (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities).