Creating Hackney as Home

Creating Hackney as Home:
Five reflections on a London borough


The research team

The core research team includes five peer researchers, Matthew, Michael, Monét, Shekeila and Tyrell. Melissa Butcher (Birkbeck College) and Luke Dickens (The Open University) provide overall management, research training and support in the use of geographical and visual methods.

The project has established a collaboration with two creative arts organisations in Hackney - the estate-based youth theatre company, Immediate Theatre, and the film production company, Mouth That Roars. Both organisations use participatory and creative approaches in their work with young people. Immediate Theatre has provided a hub for the project in Hackney, while Mouth That Roars has provided skills training in film production that lie at the heart of the project.

Our collective approach has been designed to create space for the peer researchers to explore their sense of home and belonging; by having a stake, participating, and being included in the understandings formed of the place where they live. Both the geographies of research practice and ‘space’ itself, as a central research object, are entwined in this process.

This project has been supported by a range of other people and we are especially grateful for the generous contributions from the following: Jo Carter, Tony Gouveia, Charmain Humphrey, Jerome Boothe and Joshua Blissett at Immediate Theatre; Denise Rose at Mouth That Roars; Sheree Barboteau, Nadia Bartolini, Chris High, Gavin Lawton, Carole Moyle, Gillian Rose, Dee Seaward, Jan Smith, Rosie Teesdale, Andre Vock, Johanna Wadsley, Hazel Withers and Olly Zanetti at The Open University; Isabelle de la Cour and Sonia Kahn at Hackney Council; Val Gillies at Goldsmiths, University of London; Alicia Blum-Ross at the London School of Economics, and Tom Longmate at Kent Lyons.

The Open University Economic and Social Research Council