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BA (Hons) in Sociology (Deree College - The American College of Athens, Greece)
MPhil in Sociology (University of Glasgow)
PhD in Cultural Geography (University of Durham)
Penny is a Lecturer in Cultural Geography & Urban Theory at ESALA teaching both undergraduate and postgraduate courses on architectural and urban theory, politics of public space, virtual cultures, qualitative research methods and ethnography.
WeblinksOPENspace: the centre for inclusive access to outdoor environments http://www.openspace.eca.ac.uk Creative Interdisciplinary Research in Collaborative Environments http://www.eca.ac.uk/circle/ Electronic Literature as a Model of Creativity and Innovation in Practice (ELMCIP) http://www.elmcip.net Creation and Publication of the 'Digital Manual': Authority, Authorship and Voice http://sites.ace.ed.ac.uk/digital-manual
Penny’s research interests lie in the field of cultural/urban geography holding a PhD from the Department of Geography, University of Durham. Her research is interdisciplinary focusing on the politics of public space, inclusive outdoor environments, urban cultures, digital and visual culture and ethnography.
She participated as an ethnographer in the project "Branded Meeting Places: Ubiquitous technologies and the design of places for meaningful human encounter", funded by the AHRC/EPSRC Design for 21st Century Initiative. She is currently working in two projects: a) as Co-investigator/ethnographer at the 3-year collaborative research project "Electronic Literature as a Model of Creativity and Innovation in Practice" (ELMCIP) , funded by the Humanities in the European Research Area (HERA) JRP for Creativity and Innovation; and b) as Principal Investigator at the six-month project "Creation and Publication of the Digital Manual", funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.
As a Research Fellow at OPENspace, she has worked in various projects including the Wild Adventure Space for Young People, a scoping research for Natural England in 2007.
Penny was one of the primary investigators in a comparative international project on the perception and use of public open spaces by teenagers in Scotland and United States. For this research, she was awarded an Early Career Research Grant (Edinburgh College of Art), a Small Research Grant (The Carnegie Trust) and with Professor Ward Thompson a Joint Activities Award (The British Academy).
Penny was also Co-Investigator in a project about the visual culture and aesthetics of film-based tourism in a Greek island (Commodifying Captain Corelli's Island: the visual aesthetics of film-based tourism). This project was partially founded by The British Academy and The Carnegie Trust. The project's output has been published as a chapter in the book (2009) 'Cultures of Mass Tourism: Doing Tourism in the Age of Banal Mobilities' edited by Pau Obrador, Mike Crang and Penny Travlou (Ashgate Publishing Group).
Grants and awards
MArch 1 Studies in Contemporary Architectural Theory
BA/MA Architecture Dissertation
MA Landscape Architecture Dissertation
This article was published on Jul 14, 2011