Dr Owain Hanmer

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About me

I am a Research Associate at the Centre for Sustainable Planning and Environments. I completed my PhD in 2021 (ESRC-funded) at the School of Geography and Planning, Cardiff University, which focused on the practices of commoning amongst retired urban gardeners. Following this, I was a Research Fellow at Cardiff University working on a transdisciplinary project called Infuse. This involved developing practical projects around social innovation and community development with local government workers, within a wider experimental governance context.

Area of expertise

Urban gardening, commons, commoning, retirement, experimental governance.

Broadly speaking, my research focuses on the commons and the social practices of commoning. I explore the mundane everyday practices that emerge in the unruly edges and spaces of the market and the state, and then attempt to untangle what these mean politically.

My empirical research and fieldwork has focused predominantly on the politics of urban gardening, which are notoriously difficult to situate in orthodox political terms. As such I find them interesting spaces for exploring a wide range of broader social and political questions.

Related to this, I am also interested in the politics of retirement, food and agriculture, community development, and experimental governance.


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