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Dr Luke Dickens is an urban cultural geographer with an interdisciplinary background situated across work in the humanities and social sciences. He is known for his research exploring ideas of place, belonging, and citizenship within urban youth cultures, his innovative use of visual and participatory methods, and his sustained commitment to community collaborations and public engagement. His research has focused primarily in London, and draws on a wide range of policy, practitioner and community networks.

Luke became a Lecturer in Urban Futures in September 2017, having joined the Department of Geography at King’s College as a Teaching Fellow in 2016. Prior to this he was a Departmental Lecturer in the School of Geography and Environment at the University of Oxford (2015-16).

Luke has worked as a Research Associate on the AHRC-funded Energy Generation and ESRC-funded Creating Hackney as Home projects at the Open University (2013-16); the EPSRC-funded Storycircle project at Goldsmiths, University of London (2011-13); and as a researcher at The National Foundation for Youth Music (2010-11). He was a Visiting Scholar at the City University of New York’s Graduate Center (2006-7), and a Fellow at the urban studies think tank The Young Foundation (2015-17).

Luke’s ESRC-funded doctoral thesis on 'The Geographies of Post Graffiti' (2004-2009) traced how contemporary street art was performed in relation to understandings of youth culture, and through networks of London’s art world and cultural economy.

Luke is currently working on a joint British Academy/Leverhulme funded research project called ‘The Fun Palace and the Future City’ (2017-19), which explores forms of youth work and utopian thought in the reimagining of London’s East End from the 1960s to the present.


  • Cultural politics of urban change and the urban future
  • Youth cultures, and the geographies of children and young people
  • Urban belonging, place-making and citizenship
  • Participatory, public and creative methodologies


PhD Supervision

Luke is an active member of the Urban Futures research domain, and would welcome enquiries from potential doctoral students or collaborators who might share his research interests outlined above.



Further details

Please see Luke's Research Staff Profile for further details.