Dr Katy Bennett

Dr Katy BennettAssociate Professor in Human Geography

Contact details

  • Tel: +44 (0)116 252 3839
  • Email: kjb33@le.ac.uk
  • Office: Bennett Building F58
  • ORCID ID: orcid.org/0000-0002-1735-1371

Personal details

I am Associate Professor in Human Geography and joined the School of Geography, Geology and the Environment at the University of Leicester in January 2005. I have previously held lecturing and research posts at Newcastle University, Durham University and the University of Portsmouth.  From 2014-2020 I was Editor of Cultural Geography on Geography Compass and I am an Editorial Board Member of Emotion, Space and Society and Geography Compass. I have been principle investigator or co-investigator on projects funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, the Leverhulme Trust and the European Union, working with and leading teams of researchers.  In 2020 our paper on 'Community and Conviviality: informal social life in multicultural places' published in Sociology won the Annual SAGE prize for Innovation and Excellence.


My research coils around multiculture, place, diversity and emotional geographies involving creative methods, working at the interface of social science and psychotherapeutic techniques, and interdisciplinary team working in digital geographies.  My research projects include:

  • EU Marie Curie Innovative Training Network SOLiDiSolidarity in Diversity (co-investigator) (€4 million) 2020-2024
  • Mapping Multiculture: disrupting representations of an ethnically diverse city ( Principal Investigator on a Leverhulme Trust funded research project working with Dr. Stefano De Sabbata and Dr. Zoe Gardner 2019-2022)
  • Living Multiculture: the new geographies of ethnicity and the changing formations of multiculture in England (Co-I, an ESRC funded project working with Prof. Sarah Neal, Prof. Allan Cochrane and Prof. Giles Mohan 2012-2014).
  • Identities and regeneration in the former coalfields of East Durham (PI, funded by the ESRC, 2005-2008)
  • Young people’s experiences of economic opportunities in rural areas (PI, funded by the Northern Rock Foundation, 2004-5)
  • Developing Tools for Interdisciplinary Research: Physical and Social Science Perspectives on the Use of Rural Catchments (Co-I, funded under the Rural Economy and Land Use programme, 2004-2005)
  • Learning from the Foot and Mouth Crisis (Co-I, funded by ONE North East Regional Development Agency, North West Development Agency, the ESRC (R000223758), 2001-2).


  • GY1422 Introduction to Leicester Geographies
  • GY1413 Human Geography Field course (lead)
  • GY2414 Research Design and Methods (with dissertation planning) (convene)
  • GY3415 Migration, Place and Diversity (convene)
  • GY7412 Critical and Creative Geographies
  • I currently supervise a number of lovely PhD students on a range of topics (see below).

Selected Publications


Neal S, Bennett K, Cochrane A and Mohan G (2018) The Lived Experiences of Multiculture: the new spatial and social relations of diversity, Routledge.

Peer reviewed articles

Neal S, Bennett K, Cochrane A and Mohan G (2018) Community and Conviviality: informal social life in multicultural places, Sociology https://doi.org/10.1177/0038038518763518

Bennett KJ, Cochrane A, Mohan G, Neal S (2016) Negotiating the educational spaces of urban multiculture: skills, competencies and college life.Urban Studies: an international journal for research in urban studies, 10.1177/0042098016650325 http://hdl.handle.net/2381/37737

Neal S, Mohan G, Cochrane A, Bennett K (2016) "You can't move in Hackney without bumping into an anthropologist': why certain places attract research attention. QUALITATIVE RESEARCH, 16 (5), pp. 491-507 10.1177/1468794115596217

Bennett K (2015) Women and economy: complex inequality in a post-industrial landscape.  Gender, Place and Culture 22:9, 1287-1304  https://doi.org/10.1080/0966369X.2014.958066

Bennett K, Cochrane A, Mohan G, Neal S (2015) Listening. EMOTION SPACE AND SOCIETY, 17, pp. 7-14 10.1016/j.emospa.2015.10.002http://hdl.handle.net/2381/38912

Jones H, Neal S, Mohan G, Connell K, Cochrane A, Bennett K (2015) Urban multiculture and everyday encounters in semi-public, franchised cafe spaces. SOCIOLOGICAL REVIEW, 63 (3), pp. 644-661 10.1111/1467-954X.12311 http://hdl.handle.net/2381/33495

Neal S, Bennett K, Cochrane A, Jones H, Mohan G (2015) Mutliculture and Public Parks: Researching Super-diversity and Attachment in Public Green Space. Population, Space and Place, 10.1002/psp.1910 http://hdl.handle.net/2381/33493

Bennett K (2013) Emotion and place promotion: Passionate about a former coalfield. Emotion, Space and Society, 8 (1), pp. 1-1010.1016/j.emospa.2012.04.004 http://hdl.handle.net/2381/31684

Neal S, Bennett K, Cochrane A, Mohan G (2013) Living multiculture: understanding the new spatial and social relations of ethnicity and multiculture in England. ENVIRONMENT AND PLANNING C-GOVERNMENT AND POLICY, 31 (2), pp. 308-323 10.1068/c11263r

Bennett K (2011) Homeless at Home in East Durham. ANTIPODE, 43 (4), pp. 960-985 10.1111/j.1467-8330.2010.00788.xhttp://hdl.handle.net/2381/20784


Research areas for PhD supervision

Multiculture, conviviality, community, belonging, ethnicity, gender, coal and steel, heritage, destruction, memory, landscape, regeneration

I am interested in supervising students on the following topics:

  • Super diversity, multiculture and policy making
  • Multiculture, conviviality and belonging
  • Work and gender
  • Emotional geographies of industrial ruin
  • Memory, heritage and post-industrial landscapes

Enquiries: If you are interested in studying for a PhD in one of these research areas, please make informal enquiries via pgrgeog@le.ac.uk.

Find out more information about Geography PhDs including more research areas, how to apply, funding and entry requirements.


StudentThesis Title
Amy Van Allen

Heritage management protocols for locally-based projects with international impact: a framework for indigenous community empowerment

Ellen Bishop Exploring the effect of disabled people's youth experience through the lifecourse (ESRC)
Robert Geary-Griffin UK farm shops: achieving economic stability
Chris Martin Young people's use of digital technologies during play


StudentThesis TitleYear Awarded
Faye Shortland Living heritage and living heritage:  The ontology and experience of cultural landscapes in the English Lake District (AHRC funded) 2021
Jay Emery Geographies of belonging in the Nottinghamshire coalfield:  Affect, temporality and deindustrialisation (AHRC) 2019
Craig Wheway First, Second and Thirdspace Representations of Gentrified Market Towns 2011
Kate Moore Tugen Trails: cultural changes, wildlife conservation and local livelihoods in the Rift Valley of Kenya 2010
Ruth Williams Identities and change in the Scottish fishing industry (ESRC) 2008
Gillian Murdoch (MPhil) Rural women and entrepreneurship' (Funded by VAC) 2008
Geoff Whitman Environmental Knowledge and Policy Construction: The English Less Favoured Areas (ESRC) 2006
Miriam Renner Family farm businesses and the Countryside Stewardship Scheme (ESRC/NERC) 2005

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