Dr 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 groupsHuman Geography Research Cluster
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.
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.