Lecturer in History & Theory, Cultural Context
Jemma teaches history and theory of Architecture across many of the courses in the School, as well as tutoring in the architectural and interior design studios.
Jemma is currently completing her Doctoral research Spatial Representations of Memory and Identity in the City. Her research examines how post-industrial cities in the UK are spatially transformed through time by the layering of new and existing expressions of cultural identity; in particular as a result of postcolonial migration. The project seeks to understand the role that the collective memory of post–colonial diasporic communities plays in the formation of the cultural identity of space within UK cities. To what extent can we define spatial representations of memory and identity in the city? The project explores the ways in which the landscape of the city is inscribed with traces of cultural identity. This is a temporal process and as such, the project examines different moments in time to reveal these traces and examine how spaces consequently become layered with cultural meanings. Previous research includes an ethnographic study of the everyday life of a Nottingham street, consolidating my interest in urbanism and public space; arguing that the careful examination of social space reveals a richer understanding of the construction of place within urban design whereby the public space of the street functions as a social space as well as an economic one.
Jemma previously taught at Nottingham Trent University’s School of Architecture and worked in architectural practice in the Midlands. Before training in architecture, she ran homelessness projects and worked in many different roles in the housing and social justice charity sector; this experience and commitment to equality and diversity continues to influence and shape her research interests and pedagogical approach.