Svenja Timmins

Department of Urban Studies and Planning

Research Student


I was born in Glasgow, but raised in equal parts in Huddersfield and Stirling. I was awarded an undergraduate MA (Hons) in Geography from the University of Edinburgh in 2012, followed by an MSc by Research (Human Geography) from the same institution in 2013. Before moving to Sheffield in September 2014, I was employed as a Graduate Planning & Policy Officer at the University of Stirling.

Research interests

PhD Research: Territorial stigma and youth in Europe's Steel Cities: Sheffield and Duisberg

My PhD project aims to further understand the production of territorial stigma in the postindustrial metropolis, with a specific interest in the experiences of young people (aged 15-25) living in neighbourhoods afflicted by stigma. I am funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).

My research interests lie in critical urban geography - specifically in urban marginality and the state. I am interested in using qualitative (and participatory) methods to explore how inequalities are produced and sustained, and how these manifest themselves spatially in cities. I am a Postgraduate Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and a member of the Urban Geography Research Group. I am also a member of the University of Sheffield’s ‘Difference, Society and Space’ research cluster in the Department of Geography.

Supervisors: Dr Lee Crookes and Dr Paula Meth