Professor Sophie Bowlby

  • Visiting Professor of Human Geography

Professor Bowlby is based at the Department of Geography and Environmental Science, University of Reading.

Sophie is a longstanding member of both the RGS/IBG Women and Geography Study Group and the Social and Cultural Study Group.

Sophie has a strong connection to Loughborough, and the Children, Youth and Family Research Cluster, having worked with Dr Louise Holt on an ESRC funded project on 'Children's embodied social capital and (dis)ability: connecting micro- and macro- scales of exclusion/inclusion'.

My research interests are in feminist social and economic geography of urban areas and cross the divide between 'social' and 'economic' geography. I have a particular interest in the relationships between home and paid work. Specific topics areas are:

  • access and mobility;
  • retailing and shopping;
  • racialised gendering and employment
  • caring obligations and employment
  • Geographies of Children, Youth and Families
  • friendship, mobilities and social inclusion

Selected publications