Phil Cohen

Is Chief Editor of Livingmaps Review. He is Emeritus Professor at the Centre for Cultural Studies Research at the University of East London and Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies, University College London. Phil started using mapping methods in working with young people in East London about their sense of place, identity and belonging. His publications include Knuckle Sandwich: Growing up in the Working Class City (1978), Rethinking the Youth Question (1990), London’s Turning: the making of Thames Gateway (2006), On the Wrong Side of the Track: East London and the Post-Olympics (2013), London 2012 and the Post Olympic City (2017) and Archive That, Comrade: Left Legacies and the counter culture of remembrance (2018). Further information:


AdRian Chappell

Is an artist, researcher and freelance educator. He has worked in statutory education, in youth and community services and in higher education.  At Arts Council (London) he was Head of Access and Education where he established a national Refugee Arts initiative and the Arts Learning Partnership. Later, at London Metropolitan University, he directed international vocational training projects and in his recent freelance career he created and managed a national music education programme for Paul Hamlyn Foundation. His art practice (‘memory bridges’) layers historical stories into contemporary settings; current projects are in London (Bankside), Berlin, Hull and Sydney.

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Barbara Brayshay

Is a freelance researcher in the areas of social justice, digital media, community development and sustainability. Her academic background is in environmental science and social research. She has worked with charities and Local and Central Government funded projects. Barbara is interested in participatory mapping as a tool for data visualization and for building the evidence base to enable greater citizen empowerment. She edits the Waypoints section of Livingmaps Review. 


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Is a graphic and information designer and educator who has worked with arts, education and campaign organisations in East London for over twenty-five years. He is a founder of the Common Knowledge network based in Bethnal Green and is a founder member of the pop-up community cinema project Moving Image, which is based in East Anglia. John has designed many Livingmaps’ project proposals, displays and web-based projects. 



Is the finance director for Livingmaps Network and production editor of Livingmaps Review, for which he also edits the review section. He was a civil servant and worked in the IT industry. His research interests are in the history of popular culture. 




Is an urban designer and map maker. He has been involved in civic mapping for community-led planning through research, activism, practice and volunteer support. This includes justMap in London, and cartedebout and occupy in Paris. He is member of Civic Wise, an international network for civic design and a section editor of Livingmaps Review. 


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Is a visiting lecturer in Digital Culture at Kings College London where he teaches on the BA course ‘Digital Cultures’, including modules on Big Data, Culture and Society, The History of Networked Technologies and Theories of New Media. He has a PhD in Cultural Geography from Royal Holloway University of London, working in partnership with the Ordnance Survey on studying everyday mapping practices. His research is focused on the intersections between everyday life, mapping practices and digital technologies.


sol perez-MARTINEZ

Is an architect, researcher and educator. Before moving to London, Sol lectured in Universidad Catolica de Chile and ran an architectural practice where she developed projects for private clients and the Chilean government. Her long-term goal is to create awareness of how spaces affect the way people live so more citizens engage in the construction of the environments that surround them. Sol is a qualified architect with masters degrees in architecture and architectural history. She is a PhD candidate at the Bartlett School of Architecture and the Institute of Education, UCL.


Debbie Humphry

Is a social geographer, researcher and photographer. She is a Visiting Fellow at the University of East London (UEL), and has worked as a researcher for the University of Sussex, Goldsmiths University of London (Centre for Urban and Community Research) and a range of voluntary and public sector clients and partners. Her research interests include housing, neighbourhood and community, relations of class and inequality, and social mobility. She uses participative and visual methods to enhance the input of the research subjects. Her writing and research has been published widely in academic, education and media publications, as has her photography, including in The Guardian and the Observer magazine. Her work has been exhibited at The National Portrait Gallery and The Royal Festival Hall.


Blake Morris

Is a walking artist and researcher. He is a founding member of the Walk Exchange, a cross-disciplinary walking group based in New York City and London. Along with Clare Qualmann (Walking Artists Network), he co-edits Lines of Desire for Living Maps Review. His work has been shown at Ovalhouse Theatre (London), Bogart Salon (New York City) and Superfront Gallery (Los Angeles, Detroit, NYC). He is a visiting lecturer and researcher at the University of East London, where he focuses on walking as an artistic medium.


Janet Bowstead

Is a researcher with a background in frontline, policy and coordination work on violence against women. Her research is interdisciplinary in nature, across geography, social policy and sociology; integrating quantitative, spatial, qualitative and creative methods.  She is currently a British Academy Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Geography at Royal Holloway, University of London. Her research draws on theory, concepts and analysis techniques from migration research and applies them to mapping the internal migration journeys of women within the UK escaping domestic violence.

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Debbie Kent

Makes work around walking, sound and the city. She is half of a collaboration called the Demolition Project (with Russian artist Alisa Oleva) which has made site-responsive walks and works for festivals and galleries in Ekaterinburg, Moscow, Krasnodar, Vilnius, Berlin, Belgrade, London, Leicester, Manchester and Leeds. She is researching the soundscapes of regeneration in Blackwall and Silvertown for a PhD at Goldsmiths and is a member of the Livingmaps team working on the Citizens Atlas of London. 

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Jina Lee

Is a PhD student at the University of Arts, London. Her artwork and research are about the collapse of territorial boundaries between social, political and geographical space, elements which are in a state of increasing fluidity and movement of emigration. Jina’s observations and findings, made through various modes of drawing, open the possibility for unsuspected interactions of experience and knowledge in relation to geopolitical and cultural boundary issues.

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Is an interdisciplinary artist based in London whose work spans painting, drawing, video and performance. His current project, unmapping, looks into the poetic side of cartography and considers the relationship between landscape, space and memory through the lens of subjectivity, fantasy and fiction. His practice includes storytelling, docu-narrative video and the physicality of mark making as a way of recording subjective and sensory experience. His work has been published in various journals such as Arhitext Magazine and Emergency Index and in learning resources for the Courtauld Gallery and the Live Art Development Agency. He has produced much of his work in the context of Artist in Residence projects in Sweden, Finland, Turkey, Tunisia, Israel and USA. Recent exhibitions include HaMiffal, Jerusalem; Crows Nest Gallery, London; Centre for Recent Drawing London; Turner Contemporary, Margate; Museum of Modern Art, Espoo, Finland; Espacio Gallery, London and Griffin Gallery, London.