Researching Relational Space: Concepts, Methods and Implications

A Postgraduate Forum Event

14 May 2019
Lancaster University, UK

Call for Workshop Participants 

This one-day workshop brings together postgraduate researchers interested in researching the relational constitution of space. Within the social sciences, relational conceptions of space are now prosaic. However, different theorists have made nuanced contributions, reflecting specific commitments that provoke the adoption of particular methods. Focusing on such nuances, this workshop explores three related questions: 

  • How do theorists conceptualise relational space?
  • What approaches and methods can be used to study the ongoing constitution of relational space?
  • How does the mobilisation of particular methods and different approaches constitute ‘versions’ of relational space?

These questions are opened up and explored in different sessions.

  • Dr Allison Hui and Prof Gordon Walker will host a session that considers how spatial theories inform research strategies. 
  • Prof Katy Mason and Dr Liz McFall will participate in an ‘Authors in Discussion’ session, within which they will discuss the challenges of framing online and offline research.
  • Dr Joe Deville and Dr Nicola Spurling will lead a mini-research workshop, within which participants will explore the Lancaster University campus, working in groups and testing a set of spatially sensitive methods.
  • A keynote presentation will be provided by Dr Tim Schwanen, who will describe how he conceptualises and explores the relational constitution of space.

The workshop is intentionally designed to bring together postgraduate social science researchers from a variety of thematic backgrounds, yet with a shared interest in spatial theory, spatial methods and/or working with related concepts of place, setting, territory and/or scale. 

Places are limited, so please register as soon as possible. The event registration fee includes refreshments, lunch and an optional evening dinner. 


Registration deadline has been extended and now closes 7 May 2019. Registration includes lunch, refreshments and drinks reception.

  • BSA members: £5
  • Non-members: £15 

Contact Us

For any questions or enquiries, please feel free to contact the event organisers - Josi Fernandes and Torik Holmes.