Writing on Photography as a Creative Method of Engagement

Mia has explored how photography can be used not only in the dissemination of research but in the process of discovery and collaboration.


Through her community projects and academic work, Mia has explored how urban photography can be used to explore space and its users' experience. Her PhD, which focused on everyday independent, immigrant-owned commercial places in Central London, used the camera to explore the vibrant material and celebrate the ad hoc creative urban practice inherent to these places.


The process of taking and looking at images was used by both Mia and her research participants to explore spaces together. In 2014, she published an article in "Geography Compass" entitled “Urban photography/Cultural geography: Spaces, objects, events.” This was followed in 2016 by a published photo essay in "GeoHumanities", entitled “A politics of the urban ordinary: The material ad hoc-ness of shops in London”. Mia has presented her work and images at conferences in the UK, Canada and the United States, and was part of an online exhibition of work in a photo-essay entitled Ambiguity in Analogue”.





Other Recent Projects

In 2015, The Dept supported the Town of Whitby to consider food and street vending. On behalf of MASS LBP, the Dept of Words & Deeds comp...

Whitby Food Truck Policy Review

Jane co-wrote this revised edition of the bestselling compendium of curious information. Before there was Buzzfeed, there was the Book of...

The Book of Lists – 2017 Edition

Jane created and delivered this wildly popular radio segment, which spun off into two best-selling publications. What do you call a weekl...

Wanted Words

WalkShops helped Westbank engage the community on design, priorities and heritage for the Honest Ed's site. Jane co-designed and facilita...

Mirvish Village – Westbank

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