Dr Myfanwy Taylor
I am an urban and economic geographer focused on re-thinking economy, urban economies and urban politics, and collaborative and activist research. I am currently a postdoctoral research fellow on Sara Gonzalez' ESRC project, Understanding and Enhancing the Community Value of Traditional Retail Markets in UK cities, working with the National Market Traders Federation and the New Economics Foundation as well as other colleagues from the University of Leeds and the Open University.
My previous ESRC-funded doctoral research at University College London (supervised by Jenny Robinson and Michael Edwards and examined by Jane Wills and Sophie Oldfield) explored the mobilisation of diverse economic actors - small businesses, industrial firms, migrant and ethnic minority retailers, market traders and community enterprises - in response to the increasing pressure on low-cost workspace in London. My thesis contributed a focus on political mobilisation to diverse/community economies research, revealed London's diverse economic actors and their struggles over economic value, and developed a proposition for embedding critical urban research in contestation. Prior to this, my MSc dissertation on the Brixton Pound developed an embedded and action-oriented critique of the local currency's constraints and limitation.
I am a member of the Community Economies Research Network (CERN), the International Network of Urban Research and Action (INURA) and the Participatory Geographies Research Group (PyGyRg). In addition to academic publishing, I have collaborated with community and small business groups on a workspace handbook (with the Just Space Economy and Planning group) and community plans (with the Carpenters Community Plan group and Wards Corner Community Coalition) and given evidence at plannning examinations and public enquiries. I have been nominated for the UCL Provost's Awards for Wider Engagement and the Royal Town Planning Institute Sir Peter Hall Award for Wider Engagement.<h4>Research projects</h4> <p>Any research projects I'm currently working on will be listed below. Our list of all <a href="https://environment.leeds.ac.uk/dir/research-projects">research projects</a> allows you to view and search the full list of projects in the faculty.</p>