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Department of Geography

Staff Profile

Dr Helen F Wilson

Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 41876
Fax: +44 (0) 191 33 41801
Room number: 407

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Biography and Research

I am a cultural and social geographer interested in the geographies of difference – both human and non-human. I joined the Department of Geography in 2017 following a Senior Lectureship at the University of Manchester, and previous positions at the University of Hull and Durham University. I completed a BA, MA, and PhD (2011) at Durham University.

My work is broadly concerned with understanding how difference and otherness takes shape in different contexts, with a particular interest in narratives of ‘living-with’.

Chief research interests include: geographies of encounter; difference; affect and emotion; cultural theory and studies; animal studies; geographies of education; race and racism; multiculture; cities; violence; relationality


Journal Article

Chapter in book

  • Wilson, Helen F. Animal Encounters: a genre of contact. In: Bohm, A. & Ullrich, J. Animal Encounters. Rombach Verlag; 2019.
  • Wilson, Helen F, Burman, E, Miles, S & Warren, S Other(ed) childhoods: supplementary schools and the politics of learning. In: Von Benzon, N. & Wilkinson, C. Intersectionality and Difference in Childhood and Youth: Global Perspectives. Routledge; 2019.
  • Wilson, Helen F On the paradox of 'organised' encounter. In: Christiansen, Lene Bull, Galal, Lise Paulsen & Hvenegard-Lassen,Kirsten Cultural Encounters as Intervention Practices. Routledge; 2018.
  • Wilson, Helen F. Building Coalitions: Solidarities, friendships, and tackling inequality. In: Oosterlynck, S., Schuermans, N. & Loopmans, M. Place, Diversity and Solidarity. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge; 2017:51-70.
  • Wilson, Helen F. Encountering Havana: texts, aesthetics, and documentary encounters. In: Darling, J. & Wilson, H.F Encountering the City: Urban Encounters from Accra to New York. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge; 2016:203-220.
  • Wilson, Helen F. Encounters. In: Jayne, M. & Ward, K. Urban Theory: New Critical Perspectives. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge; 2016:109-121.
  • Wilson, Helen F. Sonic geographies, sound walks and more-than-representational methods. In: Bull, M. & Back, L. The Auditory Culture Reader. Bloomsbury; 2016:163-172.
  • Wilson, Helen F. & Darling, Jonathan The possibilities of encounter. In: Wilson, Helen F. & Darling, Jonathan Encountering the City: Urban Encounters from Accra to New York. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge; 2016:1-24.

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