Monica Degen

Phd Cultural Sociology, Lancaster University

Senior Lecturer at Brunel University, London

Research interests

  • Cities and space
    • Urban culture and life
    • Urban regeneration
    • The politics of public spaces
    • Social cohesion
    • Creative Industries
  • The senses and embodiment
    • Senses and the organisation of everyday life
    • Social power relations and the senses
    • Urban experience
  • Material cultures
    • Architecture and design
    • Science and technology approaches to the urban
    • Entanglements between humans and non-humans

Lastest Publications

Single Authored Books:

Degen, M. (2008) Sensing Cities: Regenerating public life in Barcelona and Manchester, Routledge. pp 225

 Edited Books:

Degen, M. and Miles, M. eds (2010) Culture & Agency, University of Plymouth Press, pp 163

Degen M. and Garcia, S. (2008) The Meta-city: Barcelona – transformation of a metropolis, Editorial Anthropos, Barcelona. pp187

Refereed Journal Articles:

Degen, M. & Rose, G. (2012) “Experiencing designed urban environments: the senses, walking and perceptual memory”, Urban Studies, in press (online April 2012).

Buckingham, S. & Degen, M. (2012) “Sensing our way: using yoga as a research method”, Senses and Society, Vol 7 (3), 329 -344.

Degen, M. & Garcia, S.(2012) The transformation of the ‘Barcelona model’: an analysis of culture, urban regeneration and governance”, International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, Vol 36 (5).

 Degen, M. & E. Wainwright (2011) “Wallpaper City Guides and gendering the urban aesthetic” Tourist Studies  Vol. 10 (2), 155-176.

Degen, M.; Rose, G. & Basdas, B. (invited contribution) (2010) “Bodies and everyday practices in designed urban environments”, Science Studies, Vol. 23 (2), 60-76.

 Rose, G.; Degen, M. & Basdas, B. (2010) “More on ‘big things’: building events and feelings” Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, 35 (1) 334-349.

Rose, G.; Degen, M. & Basdas, B. (2009) “Using Websites to disseminate research on Urban Spatialities” GeographyCompass, Vol.4.

Degen, M.; Rose, G. & DeSilvey, C. (2008) “Experiencing visualities in designed urban environments: learning from Milton Keynes” Environment and Planning A, Vol. 40 (8) pp. 1901 – 1920.

S. Hinchliffe, S. Whatmore; Degen, M.;  M.Kearnes “Ecologies and economies of action –sustainability, calculations and other things” Environment and Planning A, 2007, Vol. 39, pp. 260-282 .

S. Hinchliffe, S. Whatmore; Degen, M.;  M.Kearnes(2005) “Urban wild things: a cosmopolitical experiment .” Environment and Planning D: Society and Space,  Vol. 23, pp. 643-658.

Re-printed in: J. Hillier & P. Healey (eds) (2008) Vol.III: Contemporary Movements in PlanningTheory, Ashgate.

Degen, M. (2003) “Fighting for the Global Catwalk: Formalising public life in Castlefield (Manchester) and diluting public life in el Raval (Barcelona).”  International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, Vol.27 (4), pp 867-880.

Degen, M. (2002) “Redesigning Public Space. A sensory analysis of regenerated public places in el Raval, Barcelona.”  The European Journal of Arts and Education, Vol. 14, pp. 53-65.

Degen, M. (2001) “Sensed Appearances: sensing the performance of place.”  Space and Culture,  Vol.11/12, pp. 52-69.

Degen, M. & Hetherington, K. (2001) “Hauntings”  Space and Culture, Vol.11/12, pp. 1-6.

Book Chapters:

Degen, M. (2012) “The Everyday City of the Senses” in R. Paddison & E. McCann (eds.) Cities and Social Change, Sage, (invited contribution). pp37

Degen, M.; Hichcliffe. S., Whatmore, S., Kearnes, M. (2010) “The Urban Green: passionate involvements with urban natures” in M. Miles & M. Degen (eds.), Culture & Agency, University of Plymouth Press, 62-82.

Degen, M. (2010) “Consuming urban rhythms: Let’s ravalejar”In: T. Edensor (ed.), Geographies of Rhythm, Ashgate, in press. pp21-31

Degen, M. (2008) “Modelling a new Barcelona: the design of public life.” In: The Meta-city: Barcelona –transformation of a metropolis. Editorial Anthropos, Barcelona. pp. 83-96

Degen, M. & Garcia, S. (2008) “Introduction: Barcelona: spaces, cultures and societies.” In: The Meta-city: Barcelona – transformation of a metropolis. Editorial Anthropos, Barcelona.pp9-27

Degen, M. (2004) “Threshold Spaces: Crossing Boundaries.” In: Funky Projects (eds.), VolatileEnvironments, Frankfurt: Revolver, pp. 220-231.

Degen, M. (2004) “Barcelona’s Games: the Olympics, urban design and global tourism.” In: J.Urry & M.Sheller (eds.), 2004, Tourism Mobilities: Places to Play, Places in Play. London: Routledge, pp. 131-142.

Degen, M. (2002) “Regenerating Public Life? A sensory analysis of regenerated public places in el Raval, Barcelona” In:Jane Rendell and Judith Rugg (eds.),Advances in Art and Urban Futures. Bristol: Intellect Books, pp.19-35.

 Guest Journal Editorship:

Degen, M.  & Hetherington, K,. (2001) “Spatial Hauntings”. Special issue of the journal Space and Culture, vol.11/12, pp. 1-189

Research projects

Economic and Social Research Council ESRC

Architectural Atmospheres:The impact of digital technologies on architectural design practice’. £231,832  in collaboration with Professor Gillian Rose, Open University October 2011 – September 2013

Economic and Social Research Council ESRC
Urban aesthetics: a comparison of experiences in Milton Keynes and Bedford town centres. £178,501   in collaboration with Professor Gillian Rose, Open University Sept 2007 – April 2009

Grants  and recognitions

AGAUR (Agencia de Gestio d’Ajuts Universitaris i Recerca), Catalan Government
Evaluating the social politics of urban regeneration in el Raval, Barcelona
5,840 Euros
January 2012 – January 2013

Organizer of “Urban Salon”, a London based seminar group analysing international urbanism, in collaboration with Prof. Robinson (OU); Prof. Lees (Kings), Prof. Gandy (UCL).

Editorial Advisory Board, Revista de Estudios Urbanos y Ciencias Sociales

Visiting Professor, Barcelona University, Spain 2012

Visiting Professor, Gothenburg University, Sweden 2012

Honorary Visiting Fellow in the Communication & the City Research Centre, City University, London