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I am a cultural geographer and my research explores the aesthetic and affective politics of architecture, urban design and urban planning practice. I am particularly interested in the night-time of cities and how lighting technologies and infrastructures mediate our relations to our surroundings. Funded through a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship (2018-2020), I have been exploring the politics of nocturnal human-environment relations in the vertical city. As residential high-rise buildings are increasingly designed for the night, my research investigates how lighting technologies and infrastructures in the vertical city are incorporated into the everyday lives of its residents, and how domestic light and darkness shape how people form meaningful attachments to the places, people and things with which they dwell at night. This work extends a wider interest in the geographies of home, belonging, time and temporality. Through various research collaborations I have been exploring how residents living in neighbourhoods undergoing rapid and often quite violent forms of urban change make sense of the discontinuities of overlapping and intersecting temporalities. My research is predominantly ethnographic, drawing on a range of mobile and visual methods while experimenting with collaborative approaches to generating knowledge through close cooperation with visual artists and art institutions.
My research is interdisciplinary and engages in a range of experimental collaborations with artists, the museum sector and art institutions. For example, together with Rut Blees Luxemburg, I cofounded the Urban Night Project as a research platform for bringing together artists, urbanists and practitioners to explore questions related to the future of the nocturnal city. The artworks and research findings have been disseminated through various public and non-academic channels, that include the experimental poster-pamphlet publication The Dark Preview and a public exhibition entitled Midnight Sun which took place at the gallery Black Tower Projects in 2021.
Key Research Interests
I was appointed Lecturer in Human Geography at University of East Anglia in 2020, having been awarded a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship (2018-2020), in which I explore how the surge in residential high-rise development in east London impact on residents’ sense of home and belonging at night. This work extends previous research I conducted at Queen Mary University of London (2016-2018) as Post-Doctoral Research Assistant, where I explored the lived experience of domestic dwelling in relation to the wider neighbourhood and city through a number of artist-led workshops and the production of a number of ‘home-city biographies’. I completed my Ph.D. at Queen University of London and Roskilde University (Denmark) in 2016, in which I explored how older residents living in the east London Borough of Newham experience changes in street lighting, in the public realm and in their domestic settings.
I teach on a range of modules on the BA and BSc Geography programmes and the post graduate degrees in the School of Environmental Sciences.
I am the Module Organiser of the third-year module 'Urban Futures' (ENV-6034B) and make contributions to 'Urban Geographies' (DEV-6010B), 'Human Geographies of the Anthropocene' (ENV-6032A) among other modules.
My office hours are Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1-2pm.
Postgraduate Research Opportunities
I am interested in supervising students who explore questions related to the urban and engage with interdisciplinary debates across urban studies, cultural geography and the environmental humanities.
I am currently supervising the following Ph.D. students:
- Patrick Whyte 'Everyday Nocturnal Governance: Who governs the night in Accra?' (SeNSS 1+3 Studentship 2021-2025) Cosupervisor: Ben Jones, DEV
- Ezgi Yilmaz 'Exploring Anarcho-queer Geographies of Turkey: Dissident Everyday Spatial Practices in Beyoğlu, İstanbul after Gezi Protests' (SSF 1+3 Studentship, 2022-2026) Cosupervisor: Kavita Ramakrishnan, DEV
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Laing Ebbensgaard, C., Jul 2022, In: Urban Geography. 43, 5, p. 735-754 20 p.
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Laing Ebbensgaard, C., 1 Feb 2022, (E-pub ahead of print) In: Urban Studies.
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Planetary Portals: “Dreaming in Continents” from East London to the Cape in the Colonial Praxis of Emergence and ExtractionYusoff, K., Holden, K. & Laing Ebbensgaard, C., 24 Jan 2022, Gropius Bau Journal.
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