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The team of researchers on the project are Catherine Nash (project leader), Caron Lipman (research fellow), Alastair Owens  and Alison Blunt.

Catherine Nash

Professor of Geography
School of Geography, Queen Mary, University of London
email: c.nash@qmul.ac.uk

Catherine’s research interests are in geographies of identity, relatedness and belonging. She has explored these themes in relation to the practice of local history and family history in Ireland, Northern Ireland and Britain and she is currently exploring ideas of ancestral connection and difference in the culture and science of human origins and leading the ‘Living with the Past at Home’ project. Her work has been funded by the AHRC, ESRC, the British Academy and the Leverhulme Trust. Recent publications include Of Irish Decent: Origin Stories, Genealogy, and the Politics of Belonging (Syracuse University Press, 2008).

Caron Lipman

Research Fellow
School of Geography, Queen Mary, University of London
email: c.w.lipman@qmul.ac.uk

After a career in journalism, Caron Lipman undertook a PhD in the School of Geography at Queen Mary, University of London on ‘The Domestic Uncanny: co-habiting with ghosts’ – a contemporary ethnography of living in haunted homes. Following this, she was commissioned as a researcher to produce a feasibility report into a partnership between Queen Mary and The Geffrye Museum, of which the Centre for Studies of Home is the outcome. During 2011 she received a Barnett Shine Fellowship to write a history of the Sephardic Jewish Cemeteries at Queen Mary. She is research fellow for the ‘Living with the Past at Home’ project.

Alastair Owens

Senior Lecturer and Director of Studies
School of Geography, Queen Mary, University of London
email: a.j.owens@qmul.ac.uk

Alastair Owens is Senior Lecturer in the School of Geography. He works mainly on nineteenth-century Britain with recent research exploring families, households and property transmission; gender, wealth-holding and investment; and domestic material culture. Supported by grants from the ESRC, AHRC and British Academy, much of this research has been interdisciplinary, involving collaborations with economic and financial historians and archaeologists. He has also worked in partnership with a number of museums including the Geffrye, the Museum of London and the V&A Museum of Childhood. Recent publications include Men, Women, and Money (co-ed Oxford University Press, 2011) and Gender, Inequalities, Households and the Production of Well-being in Modern Europe (co-ed Ashgate, 2010).

Alison Blunt

Professor of Geography
School of Geography, Queen Mary, University of London
email: a.blunt@qmul.ac.uk

Alison Blunt’s interests centre on geographies of home, empire, migration and diaspora, including research on imperial domesticity in British India, Anglo-Indian women and the spatial politics of home and homeland, settlement houses and new ways of dwelling in the city, and the city as home for people living in diaspora. Recent books include Domicile and diaspora: Anglo-Indian women and the spatial politics of home (Blackwell, 2005) and, co-authored with Robyn Dowling, Home (Routledge, 2006).

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