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Professor Katherine Brickell

Professor Katherine Brickell

  • Academics

Professor of Urban Studies

Research subject areas

  • Geography
  • Sociology
  • Women
  • Culture

Contact details


Professor Katherine Brickell joined the Department of Geography as Professor of Urban Studies in January 2023. She was previously Professor of Human Geography at Royal Holloway, University of London.

In recognition of research excellence, Katherine was conferred the Gill Memorial Award by the Royal Geographical Society (2014) and the Philip Leverhulme Prize (2016). Katherine is Editor of the journal Gender, Place and Culture.


  • Home (un)-making, violence and displacement
  • Labour and climate precarity across the rural-urban divide
  • Debt-financed social reproduction
  • Feminist legal geography and practice

Katherine's feminist-oriented research seeks to understand gendered experiences of precarious home and working lives in Cambodia, the UK, and Ireland.



  • 6SSG3072 The Right to the City 


  • 7SSG5209 The Right to the City

PhD supervision

Katherine is interested in supervising postgraduate research at doctoral level and is happy to discuss research topics and funding avenues with prospective students. She is especially interested in the following areas:

  • Feminist geopolitics and feminist political economy
  • Gender-based violence
  • Urban displacement and eviction
  • Geographies of home and homelessness
  • Labour geographies
  • Debt and over-indebtedness
  • Climate precarity and everyday life
  • Legal geography and practice
  • Development in Southeast Asia

Further details

See Katherine's research profile