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Dr Sophie Bowlby

Photograph of Sophie Bowlby


Areas of interest

My research interests are in feminist social and economic geography of urban areas and cross the divide between 'social' and 'economic' geography. I have a particular interest in the relationships between home and paid work. Specific topics areas are:

  • access and mobility
  • retailing and shopping
  • racialised gendering and employment
  • caring obligations and employment
  • friendship, mobilities and social inclusion.

Research centres and groups

Human Geography Research Cluster

Research projects

Sophie was awarded a Leverhulme Emeritus Fellowship for research on 'Changing spaces of support: friendship practices among women in their fifties' (£16,046) from February 2013 to February 2014.

  • Death in the family in urban Senegal: bereavement, care and family relations
  • Children's embodied social capital and (dis)ability: connecting micro- and macro- scales of exclusion/inclusion


Sophie is a longstanding member of both the RGS/IBG Women and Geography Study Group and the Social and Cultural Study Group. She has just finished working on an ESRC funded project on 'Children's embodied social capital and (dis)ability: connecting micro- and macro- scales of exclusion/inclusion' with Dr Louise Holt (Loughborough University) and Dr Jennifer Lea (Exeter University).

Sophie is a Director and Chairperson of ReadiBus, a bus service in Reading for people who cannot use ordinary buses.