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Academic Biography

I’m a social and cultural geographer interested in the relationship between art and society. I’m fascinated by Geography’s relationship with art, and I’m particularly engaged in exploring the tension between the potential of art to creatively and critically engage with pressing social issues in the world, but also its ability to perpetuate social inequalities. I’m also interested in the geographies of town planning, specifically the tension between policy practice and people’s lived experience of places. Central to my research ethos is interdisciplinary collaboration with colleagues within academia, as well as research and practice-based collaborations with urban, environmental and arts practitioners.

After studying Human Geography at Leeds Metropolitan University, I moved to London to start a postgraduate scholarship at Royal Holloway. There I did an MA in Cultural Geography (Research), and a PhD entitled ‘Participatory art and the cultural geographies of encounter’. Before joing Teesside University as Lecturer in Geography I held academic positions at Royal Holloway, Leeds Beckett University, Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts, and University of Reading.

Summary of Research Interests

  • Geographies of art
  • Cultural geography
  • Social geography
  • Art theory
  • Urban planning

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cemetery Social Sciences
art Earth & Environmental Sciences
coproduction Social Sciences
artist Social Sciences
service provider Social Sciences
funeral Social Sciences
connectivity Earth & Environmental Sciences
community Social Sciences

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Research Output 2016 2018

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Collaboration as acknowledged co-production: a site-based approach to Tribe

McNally, D., 1 Apr 2018, In : Cultural Geographies. 25, 2, p. 339-359

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ethnic group
art production

Diversity-ready cemeteries and crematoria in England and Wales

Maddrell, A., Beebeejaun, Y., McClymont, K., Mathijssen, B., McNally, D. & Abid Dogra, S., 13 Jun 2018, 68 p.

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international migration
religious behavior

Paisatges funeraris i diversitat a Anglaterra i a Gal·les: l’establiment d’una agenda

Maddrell, A., Beebeejaun, Y., McClymont, K., McNally, D., Mathijssen, B. & Abid Dogra, S., 31 Dec 2018, In : REVISTA D’ETNOLOGIA DE CATALUNYA. 43, p. 38-53

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service provider
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‘I am Tower of Hamlets’: enchanted encounters and the limit to art’s connectivity

McNally, D., 28 Jul 2017, In : Social and Cultural Geography. 20, 2, p. 198-221

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Comforting others: sociality and the ethical aesthetics of being-together

McNally, D., 2016, Geographical Aesthetics: Imagining Space, Staging Encounters . Hawkins, H. & Straughan, E. (eds.). Routledge, p. 121-136

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterResearch