Dr Sophie Bowlby
Areas of interestMy research interests lie in feminist social and economic geography of urban areas and cross the divide between 'social' and 'economic' geography. I have longstanding interests in the relationships between home and paid work, and mobility and access. Over the last 20 years I have focussed on researching formal and informal caring relationships and friendship.
Research centres and groupsHuman Geography Research Cluster
Sophie is a Consultant on two current projects:
- “Healthier Working Lives and ageing for workers in the care sector: Developing careers, enhancing continuity, promoting wellbeing”(March 2021 – February 2024), funded by Innovate UK; led by Professor Linda McKie at Kings College London, partnering with Scottish Care, Creative Venue and CodeBase.
- En Route to recovery: Diversity and Vulnerability in Care Work during and after the Covid-19 Pandemic” (May 2022 – Sept 2024) a 4 nation consortium (Finland, UK, South Africa, Canada) funded by the Trans-Atlantic Platform; led by Marjut Jyrkinen (Helsinki University).
Previously Sophie was a Consultant on:
- Death in the family in urban Senegal: bereavement, care and family relations, funded by Leverhulme; led by Professor Ruth Evans (Reading University) and Professor Jane Ribbens McCarthy (Open University & Reading University) from February 2014 to February 2016.
She was awarded a Leverhulme Emeritus Fellowship for research on:
- 'Changing spaces of support: friendship practices among women in their fifties' from February 2013 to February 2014.
Sophie is a Visiting Professor at Loughborough University and was previously a Senior Lecturer in Geography at Reading University.
She is a longstanding member of the RGS-IBG Gender and Feminist Geographies Research Group (formerly Women and Geography Study Group) and of the Social and Cultural Geography Research Group.
Sophie is a Director and Chairperson of ReadiBus, a bus service in Reading for people who cannot use ordinary buses.