I’m a researcher, educator, and writer interested in the ways that architecture, urban design and planning reproduce colonial aesthetics and imaginaries that marginalize Blackness, and the diverse ways that Black peoples make space and spatial narratives around and despite that.
I completed my PhD in Urban Studies and Planning at the University of Sheffield (2021). My doctoral research was an activist project with Spread-Out Initiative NGO, situated in their neighborhood of Nima in Accra, Ghana. Together we built a collaborative approach grounded in architectural and arts-based methods, and we examined young people’s spatial experiences and practices of claiming place in community spaces, and we work with 17 of SOI’s students (aged 10-17 years). Our work points toward embodied experiences of space, and the ways that children employ creative and mundane modes of making space for play and leisure, supporting alternative meanings for their neighborhood and the city. This activist research approach focuses on race, space, and place using critical scholarship in the areas of global Black geographies of Africa and the African Diaspora, Black (African and African Diaspora) feminist theory and methodologies, and decolonial thought.
I’m also an educator, lecturing in human geography. Through this role, I seek to bring the critical and creative notions of space learned in my collaborative research into the classroom.