Edinburgh Research Explorer

Dr Penny Travlou

Lecturer - Architecture

Willingness to take PhD students: Yes

cultural geography, ethnography/fieldwork, urban critical theory, cultural landscapes and memory, post-industrial ruins and decay, politics of public space, site-specificity in public art, co-creativity and peer-to-peer practices, digital space, cognitive capitalism.

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Durham University
Master of Philosophy (MPhil), University of Glasgow
Bachelor of Arts, Deree - American College of Greece

Area of Expertise

Research expertiseCultural Geography, Urban Critical Theory, Cultural Landscapes, Digital Space, Ethnography

Biography

Penny Travlou is a Lecturer in Cultural Geography and Theory at the Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, University of Edinburgh. Her research is interdisciplinary, focusing on the theories of space and place, politics of public space, digital culture, distributed networks, the commons and ethnography.

She has been Co-Investigator at the EU-funded (HERA JRP) project "Electronic Literature as a Model of Creativity and Innovation in Practice". Through her ethnographic fieldwork, she has looked at how creative networked communities form within transnational and transcultural contexts in a globalised and distributed communications environment. Penny has also been Principal Investigator on the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council funded project "Creation and Publication of the Digital Manual: authority, authorship and voice".

Since July 2015, she has been a research team member in the project "Medellin: A Model For Future Cities?" awarded the Newton Institutional Links Grant from the British Council. Her research focus in this project is on how cultural heritage in Medellin can be seen afresh through new and emerging creative practices of collaborative and bottom-up values in the making of shared (common) spaces. She is also a member of the Management Commitee of a newly EU funded COST Action project: From Sharing to Caring: Examining Socio-Technical Aspects of the Collaborative Economy which runs from March 2017 to March 2021, bringing together participants from 25 European countries.

Penny teaches both undergraduate and postgraduate courses on contemporary architectural theory, cultural geography and qualitative research methods. She is Programme Director of the new MSc Cultural Landscapes. She also supervises PhD students across the Edinburgh College of Art.

Alongside her academic work, Penny is active on issues about urban commons and spatial justice and a core team member of the P2P Foundation, the international organisation focused on studying, researching, documenting and promoting peer-to-peer practices. She is the co-founder of Options FoodLab: a social enterprise for vulnerable people that focuses on cultural exchange, community building and employment opportunities for refugees and migrants in Athens.

Highlighted research outputs

  1. Distributed authorship and creative communities: Revisited

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  2. Ethnographies of Co-Creation and Collaboration as Models of Creativity

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  3. Distributed Authorship and Creative Communities

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  4. Rhizomic Ethnographies: Rhizomes, lines and nomads: Doing fieldwork with creative networked communities

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  5. The Island That Was Not There: Producing Corelli’s Island, Staging Kefalonia

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

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Highlighted research activities & awards

  1. Royal Geographical Society Annual Conference

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

  2. Cities of Welcome, Cities of Transit

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

  3. Claim, Create, Occupy: Aesthetics and Politics of Urban Citizenship

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

  4. Innovative Solutions for Refugees - Ashoka Turkey

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

  5. WHO SAVED THE CITY? Exploring urban activisms in times of austerity in America and Europe and Beyond

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

  6. Deep Dive "The State and the Commons: Transcending a Problematic Relationship"

    Activity: Consultancy typesContribution to the work of national or international committees and working groups

  7. Reframing Migration Workshop

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

  8. 1st Thematic Conference of the International Association for the Study of the Commons

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

  9. unWorking the Institution: gender, technology, power

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

  10. Hybrid City III: Data to the People

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

  11. Django Girls Athens

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesProfessional Development and Training

  12. CommonsFest: A Festival of the Commons

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesPublic Engagement – Festival/Exhibition

  13. New Cultures of Urban Citizenship Symposium

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

  14. Degrowth Forum Athens 2015

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

  15. Transmediale 2015 "CAPTURE ALL"

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesPublic Engagement – Festival/Exhibition

  16. Athens, Radical Futures? Symposium

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

  17. Berlin Unlimited

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

  18. P2P Foundation Core Team Member (P2P Research Project & Co-Ordinator of the 100 P2P Women Project)

    Activity: Consultancy typesContribution to the work of national or international committees and working groups

  19. Annual Conference of the Royal Geographical Society

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

  20. Berlin Unlimited

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

  21. CIRCLE Online Symposium 2: "Commoning the Networks"

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

  22. Instinct, Image & Imagination: Landscape as Sign Language

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesPublic Engagement – Festival/Exhibition

  23. Annual Conference of the Royal Geographical Society

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

  24. Global Hangout: "Education is a Commons: 7 Days of Online Collaborations"

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

  25. CIRCLE Online Symposium 2014

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

  26. Remediating the Social

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  27. Digital Scholarship: A Day of Ideas 2

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  28. American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting

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  29. What I Know Is

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  30. Making All Voices Count

    Activity: Other activity typesTypes of Public engagement and outreach - Public lecture/debate/seminar

  31. American Anthropological Association

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

  32. Cultural Landscapes Symposium

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

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