Dr Clare Madge
Reader in Human Geography
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I have had a long-standing interest in critical development studies, which in recent years has revolved around postcolonial geographies. This intellectual interest in the methodological and conceptual issues raised in the thinking about postcolonial geographical spaces has been in dialogue with Parvati Raghuram (Open University) and Pat Noxolo (University of Sheffield). This includes examining the relationship between geography and postcolonial studies (Noxolo et al. 2008; Raghuram et al. in press) and between responsibility and care in a postcolonial world (Raghuram et al. 2009; Noxolo et al. 2012), exploring the possibility of a postcolonial method (Raghuram and Madge, 2006; Madge and Eshun 2012) and a postcolonial analysis of international students (Madge et al. 2009; Madge et al. submitted). This intellectual field is supported through the Department’s ‘The Spatial Politics of Change’ Research Group.
Creative geographies is a rapidly growing field of research in geography. However, geographers have been researching geographies of creativity and employing creative methodologies in various guises for some time, as the geography discipline has an enduring engagement with the humanities/art world, suggesting a creative (re)turn rather than a creative turn (Hawkins, 2012). I am currently interested in exploring a strand of creative geographical work in which the geographer is a creative geoartist, enacting or creating geographically-orientated aesthetic works themselves. It is to this strand of work that I am currently making a contribution through work exploring the intersection between poetry and postcolonial methodology (Eshun and Madge 2012), poetry and affective geopolitics (Madge submitted), autobiographical photography and creative cathartic methodologies (Madge submitted). Each of these pieces grapples with the emotions evoked through using creative methodologies and as such is supported through the Department’s ‘Geographies of Emotions and Feelings’ Research Group.
Everyday online communities
One key feature of my research profile is my aim to be responsive to contemporary geographical changes and challenges. Thus in the mid 1990s I became increasingly interested in the impacts that the internet was starting to have on British society. From these interests a further research strand has developed- that of everyday online communities. Here I have explored the changing socio-cultural impacts of the internet on different cyberspaces and examined the internet as a methodological space for research. The Cyberparents project (with Henrietta O'Connor) was undertaken at the early stages of internet development and it focused on the impact that the Internet had on restructuring social relations and altering parenting practices in the new millennium. In exploring the reiterative relationships between ‘virtual’ and `real’ geographical spaces, we argued for the co-constitution of these different space (See Madge and O'Connor 2005; 2006; O'Connor and Madge, 2004). A second project, Facebook and the University Student Experience was one of the earliest published geographical works exploring new education spaces associated with Web2.0 technologies. This work, in collaboration with Jane Wellens (University of Nottingham) and Tristram Hooley (University of Derby), explored how undergraduate students used online social networks for support and socialisation at university and to explore ways in which it was used to support their learning (Madge et al 2009). Both projects used an Online methodology, which was further investigated via the projects Exploring Online Research Methods in a Virtual Training Environment (ESRC Research Methods Phase 2) and TRI-ORM (Training Researchers in Online Research Methods ESRC RDI). The projects aimed to enhance understanding of online research methods through the production and evaluation of a training portal targeted at the social science community (See http://www.restore.ac.uk/orm/index.htm). Related publications include Madge 2007; 2010; 2012; Hooley et al 2010; O'Connor et al 2008; Madge and O'Connor 2002; 2004; O'Connor and Madge 2002; 2003; 2004; 2012 ). This intellectual field is supported through the Department’s Research Group ‘Geographies of communities and the everyday’.
I am on the advisory board for ReStore.
Lee Hewitson ‘Community-based natural resource management, livelihoods and landscape in North-Eastern Namibia’
James Booth ‘Internationalisation of British Higher Education and social media: Academic identities, transnational socialisation and engaged pedagogic practice’ (funded by Higher Education Academy)
- Asha Gangadharan - 'Paradoxes of Agricultural Transformation: women's changing roles and identities in Kerala, India', 2009.
- Gabriel Eshun - 'Ecotourism Development in Ghana: A Postcolonial Study with Focus on Boabeng-Fiema Monkey Sanctuary and Kakum Nation Park, Ghana', 2010 (supervised until 2009).
- Roger Few - 'Conservation, participation and power: community involvement in protected area planning in Belize', 2000.
- Francis Gbedemah - 'Gender and domestic water resource management in the Southern Volta region of Ghana', 2010 (supervised until 2009).
- Enjee Hariri - 'Socio-economic determinants and health consequences of fertility patterns among Saudi women in their reproductive ages', MPhil, 2010 (supervised until 2009).
- Kate Moore - 'Tugen Trails: cultural changes, wildlife conservation and local livelihoods in the Rift Valley of Kenya', 2010 (supervised until 2009).
Research Areas for PhD Supervision
Postcolonialism; Creativity and geography, especially with respect to methodological innovations; Researching online communities; internet mediated research; International students/`globalisation' of Higher Education.
Enquiries: If you are interested in studying for a PhD in one of these research areas, please make informal enquiries via geogPhD@le.ac.uk
Selected Recent Publications
Raghuram P Noxolo P Madge C (in press) Rising Asia and postcolonial geography: a view through the indeterminacy of postcolonial theory. Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography
Noxolo P Raghuram P Madge C (2012) Unsettling responsibility: postcolonial interventions. Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers. 37, 3, 418-429. http://hdl.handle.net/2381/10373
Eshun G and Madge C (2012) 'Now let me share this with you': Exploring poetry for postcolonial geography research. Antipode. 44, 4, 1395-1428. https://lra.le.ac.uk/handle/2381/10372
Madge C Meek J Wellens J Hooley T (2009) Facebook, social integration and informal learning at University: ‘It is more for socialising and talking to friends about work than for actually doing work’. Learning, Media and Technology. 34, 2, 141-15. https://lra.le.ac.uk/handle/2381/9016
Madge C Raghuram P Noxolo P (2009) Engaged pedagogy and responsibility: A postcolonial analysis of international students. Geoforum. 40, 1, 34-45. https://lra.le.ac.uk/handle/2381/9577
Raghuram P Madge C Noxolo P (2009) Rethinking responsibility and care in a postcolonial world. Themed special issue. Geoforum. 40, 1, 5-13. https://lra.le.ac.uk/handle/2381/9578
Noxolo P Raghuram P Madge C (2008) ‘Geography is pregnant’ and ‘Geography's milk is flowing’: metaphors for a postcolonial discipline? EPD: Society and Space. 26, 1, 146-168. https://lra.le.ac.uk/handle/2381/9579