Laura Marshall: I’m a PhD candidate in the Department of Geography at University College London. My interdisciplinary research intersects around questions of gender, sexuality and space. This project draws upon strands of queer theory, transgender studies and non-representational geographies and uses participant photography and interviews to explore experiences and spatial negotiations of transmasculinity in London and Yorkshire. As a queer, cisgender researcher, foregrounding trans voices and experiences is central to this project, which informed my MSc dissertation and is being developed through my doctoral research.
I have a first-class BA(Hons) in International Studies from Goldsmiths, University of London, for which I received the 2012 Alan Little prize for Best Politics Undergraduate Academic Results. In Autumn 2014 I received a Distinction (with Commendation) for an in MSc Urban Studies at University College London and was awarded the Frank Carter Postgraduate Prize 2014. My MSc and PhD studies are funded through an 1+3 ESRC Studentship. I currently work as a teaching assistant on the Gender, Society and Representation MA at University College London.
Other recent projects include collaborations with artist, John Reardon and Dr David L Martin on Manual Labour (2013) and Performing Matter (2014), which explore relationships and bonds between embodiment, objects, labour and productivity.