Edited by Friederike Landau-Donnelly, Hanna Carlsson, Arnoud Lagendijk
This collection of original essays aims to better understand what researchers do when they practice research. The team of contributors – which includes human geographers, urban planners and environmental scientists – expose various epistemological, ontological and methodological challenges to pin down what practices "are". The book showcases how practice theory can help spatial scientists generate new and future-oriented insights on debates such as mobility, relationality, and forms of critical spatial practice. In this way, the book reinforces a specifically geographic and spatial account that is needed for the development of practice theory while also shining new light on current debates in practice theory on power, politics and space. The book positions practices as the point of departure to study and conceptualize socio-spatial life.
Friederike Landau-Donnelly is Assistant Professor for Cultural Geography at Radboud University, Nijmegen. She is the author of Agonistic Articulations in the 'Creative' City: On New Actors and Activism in Berlin’s Urban Cultural Politics (2019) and (Un)Grounding: Post-Foundational Geographies (2021).
Hanna Carlsson is a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Geography, Planning and Environment at Radboud University. In her work, she uses social practice theory to investigate local modes of governing and responding to migration-related diversity.
Arnoud Lagendijk is Professor of Economic Geography at Radboud University, Nijmegen.