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Daniel Evans

Previous education / experience

  • 2015-present PhD Human Geography University of Manchester
  • 2014-2015 MSc Sociological Research University of Manchester (Distinction)
  • 2011-2014 BSc (Hons) Geography University of Manchester (First Class)


  • 2015-present University of Manchester Presidential Doctoral Scholarship
  • 2015 Vice-Chancellor letter of commendation for MSc Degree
  • 2014-present ESRC North West Doctoral Training Centre 1+3 award [full scholarship]
  • 2014 University of Manchester Dean’s achievement award for BSc Geography
  • 2014 Manchester Geographical Society Attainment award for BSc Geography   

Thesis title

‘A geography of race – community, riots and belonging in Oldham, UK’  


Research details

At a time when the UK is experiencing aggressive austerity measures, renewed debates on EU immigration and a rise in anti-immigrant sentiment, research on social sustainability and the geographies of xenophobia is vital. Attending to often overlooked ‘everyday’ encounters between individuals of racial and religious difference, what Amin (2002: 959) terms ‘micropublics’, this study furthers a growing repertoire of literature examining the ‘lived’ negotiations of difference in the UK. Marred by a legacy of intercultural conflict since the 2001 riot events and experiencing issues which resonate with broader social challenges facing UK communities (e.g. diverse populations, Islamophobia, social deprivation), Oldham, UK, provides an interesting location to situate this research. With a particular emphasis on the spatialities of encounter and the role of affective urban environments, this study deploys ethnographic methodologies. It is anticipated findings will be poignant for academic and policy stakeholders alike. 

Research interests

Race; Multiculturalism, ‘Lived experiences’ of difference; Spatial theory; Urban environments; Non-representational theory; Islamophobia; Identity.

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