Harriet Hawkins’s research interests focus on the geographies of art works and art worlds. Most recently she has developed a series of projects that concern the individual and collective re-imagining (and sometimes bringing about) of alternative social and environmental futures by way of creative practices. She is currently an AHRC Leadership Fellow on a project ‘Creating Earth Futures: Exploring GeoHumanities approaches to Global Environmental Change’ and in 2016 awarded the RGS Gill Memorial Prize for her work on creative geographies and the Philip Leverhulme Prize in recognition of the international impact of her research.
Key to Harriet’s research is collaboration and engagement with creative practitioners and organizations. To date her collaborators include creative writers, a range of visual and performance artists and a number of international organizations. These include Furtherfield (London, UK) the Institute for International Visual Arts (London, UK), Biosphere2 (Arizona, USA), Swiss Artists in Labs (Zurich, CH), Art-Science Museum (Singapore), Tate Britain ( London, UK), PVA Media (Dorset, UK) and the Royal Geographical Society (London, UK). Harriet also supervises practice-based Geography PhDs in visual art, performance, design, and curation.
Harriet has published her research in a series of papers, special issues and books. Her research monograph “For Creative Geographies: Geography, Visual Arts and the Making of Worlds,” was published by Routledge in 2013, 2015 saw the publication of her edited collection “Geographical Aesthetics: Imagining Space, Staging Encounters” (published by Ashgate and with Elizabeth Straughan). 2016 saw the publication of ‘Creativity” (in Routledge’s key ideas series). Her work has also appeared in a range of interdisciplinary journals including, Angelkai Journal of Theoretical Humanities, International Journal of Women’s Studies. Environment and Planning A; as well as in geography journals such as Progress in Human Geography; Progress in Physical Geography; Dialogues in Human Geography and Cultural Geographies.
Harriet is a Professor of the GeoHumanities at Royal Holloway, University of London (UK), where she is the Co-Director of the Centre for the GeoHumanities and the Deputy Director of the Arts and Humanities Research Centre and between 2012 and 2016 was the Director of Royal Holloway’s long-standing MA in Cultural Geography. She is a member of the Arts and Humanities Research Council Peer Review College and Chairs the Social and Cultural Geography Research Group of the Royal Geographical Society Research Groups as well as sitting on the committee of the Gender and Feminist Geography Research Group.
Prior to taking up her post at RHUL Harriet worked as a research fellow on an international project exploring Art-Science Collaborations. The project was funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (UK) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) and was based at IGES, Aberystwyth and the Universities of Arizona and Wisconsin-Madison. Before this Harriet was a lecturer in Human Geography at University of Bristol, and a post-doctoral research associate on an AHRC funded project on the Cultural Geographies of the Creative Industries based at the University of Exeter. She started her career at the University of Nottingham, where she did her BA in Geography, her MA in Landscape and Culture, and her PhD. Her post-graduate study was funded by the AHRC (then AHRB) and her doctoral work on “The Geographies of Rubbish and Art” and was supervised by the interdisciplinary team of Stephen Daniels (Geography) and Nick Alfrey (Art History).