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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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Research Output

  • 3 Article
  • 1 Commissioned report
  • 1 Chapter
  • 1 Other chapter contribution

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

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

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
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    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.

    Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report

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

    Translated title of the contribution: Deathscapes and Diversity in England and Wales: setting an agendaMaddrell, 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

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • ‘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

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
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    Art as a technology of connection: Nomadic sculpture

    McNally, D., 20 Sep 2016, Creativity . Hawkins, H. (ed.). Routledge, p. 184-185 2 p. (Key issues in Geography).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingOther chapter contribution