Introduction: Andrew Barnfield

Hi,

 

My name is Andrew. I am Assistant Professor in Public Health and the Built Environment at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM). My main areas of interest are practices of physical activity, Post-Socialist Cities, and autonomous geographies. My interests are associated with the interrelations of moving bodies and space, and how these develop novel experiences, affectual intensities and all sorts of interactions within cities. My interest in moving bodies has developed to include questions of physical activity and public health policy within cities, primarily in the form of recreational running clubs and post-socialist urbanism. I predominately write about Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria. It is a city that I am pleased to call home and a place I miss every time I am away.

 

My main focus in my research is on recreational running as it is a democratic and ubiquitous activity, while at the same time challenging the notions that cities are sites of alienation and decline. I am fascinated by the novel ways small urban practices can inform notions of autonomy and the desire to establish pluralistic versions of urban life. I am primarily a qualitative researcher and I utilise a range of research methods. These include participant observation, ethnographic studies, in-depth interviews, focus groups, and go-along methods. I am extremely excited about working with my fellow assistant editors to help grow the Journal of Urban Cultures and explore new avenues of urban analysis. I hope that together we will be able to participate in a journal that brings thought-provoking scholarship and beautifully written pieces to a wide audience.