Victoria Okoye

Victoria Okoye


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I'm a Lecturer in Black Geographies based at the School of GeoSciences, University of Edinburgh. I'm interested in the global production of Blackness in African and African diaspora geographies and the inventive cultural and spatial practices through which we, as Black peoples, produce Black life, reconfigure space, and produce ways of knowing our geographic worlds. 

In my research, I attend to Blackness and Black geographies in the afterlife of the interconnected global projects of enslavement and colonialism, and I begin from critical, creative and collaborative practices undertaken in urban West African contexts in Ghana and Nigeria. This approach takes root from my previous professional, activist, and creative work in these locations, which over seven years spanned work mapping sanitation and hygiene infrastructures, researching and mapping culture and heritage sites, co-organizing street art festivals and youth photography workshops and exhibitions, and researching inclusive urban planning with street and market vendors. 

As a scholar and community collaborator, I take seriously the ongoing realities of coloniality in the everyday production of space, while also learning from and conspiring with urban residents and creatives' collective practices of shaping urban life. I attend to the interdisciplinarity of Black life and Black geographies through creative urban narratives. So far, my work has drawn on and produced oral histories, speculative writing and poetry, visual documentation and mapping practices, and site-specific interventions.

My academic training, teaching and research spans urban studies, architecture, and geography. Informally but deeply, my approach to research and my commitments are shaped by long and short-term collaboratives with artists, creatives, and cultural workers and from my position and heritage as a US-born Igbo diasporan.

I hold a PhD in Urban Studies and Planning at the University of Sheffield (2021). I was previously a Lecturer in Human Geography at Sheffield Hallam University (2021-2022) and an Usawa Postdoctoral Fellow at SOAS University of London (2022-2023). 


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