Meet the Team

Investigators

Dr Lily Chen


Lily Chen


East Asian Studies


University of Sheffield


Lily specialises in critical discourse analysis of media texts, with a particular interest in cultural influences in British and Chinese media.

Prof. Jane Plastow


Jane Plastow


Faculty of Arts


University of Leeds


Jane specialises in African theatre, with particular interests in gender and development. She leads our intergenerational theatre work.

Prof. Gill Valentine


Gill Valentine


Geography


University of Sheffield


Gill is the Director of INTERSECTION. Her research interests include urban cultures of consumption and social identities.

Dr Robert M. Vanderbeck


Robert Vanderbeck Intergenerational Space


Geography


University of Leeds


Robert's research focuses on processes of social exclusion and inclusion based on age, race, religion and sexualities.

Dr Mei Zhang


Mei Zhang


East Asian Studies


University of Sheffield


Mei’s research interests include the impact of globalisation on rural-urban migration and sustainable development in China.

Research Staff

Dr Kristina Diprose


Kristina Diprose


Geography


University of Sheffield


Kristina is a geographer interested in youth, citizenship and social sustainability. She is undertaking fieldwork in Sheffield.

Dr Chen Liu


Chen Liu


Geography


University of Sheffield


Chen is a geographer interested in food consumption and cultural change in modern day China. She is undertaking fieldwork in Nanjing.

Dr Katie McQuaid


Katie McQuaid


Geography


University of Leeds


Katie is an anthropologist interested in humanitarianism and human rights in vulnerable communities. She is undertaking fieldwork in Jinja.