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Melissa Fielding

Melissa Fielding

PhD student, Department of Geography



  • PhD Candidate, University of Cambridge, 2018-current
  • MPhil Architecture and Urban Studies, University of Cambridge, 2016-2017
  • BA (Hons) Painting, Camberwell College of Arts, 2010-2013

Awards and scholarships

  • Vice-Chancellor's and King's College Award, University of Cambridge 2018-2021
  • Kettle's Yard Travel Fund Award- 2017
  • Darwin Travel Award- 2017


I am a feminist geographer exploring social housing in regional Britain, focusing on the material, day to day lived experience of women. I explore how housing policy and housing provider practices shape women's access and experience of the social housing system.

Political processes are engendered due to these situations; I examine the manifestation of activism and the needs claimed through such methods. Theoretically, I ground my work within the broad scope of feminist geographical and urban enquiry, reflecting on the ways in which women's experiences have been understood, and using such analyses to think through alternative and potentially transformative living practices.

Grounding my research in an ethnographic approach, I also draw on creative research techniques, engaging in participatory filmmaking workshops to explore ideas of the home.



  • Fielding, M. forthcoming- June 2020. On Feminist Visions of Home and City. Ed 29. Cambridge: Scroope Architectural Journal.

Conference presentations

  • Fielding, M. August 2019. The Architecture of Protest: Making spaces of resistance from sites of repression. Panel Presentation. Royal Geographic Society annual conference. London.
  • Fielding, M. August 2019. Disparate voices, disparate bodies: connecting women's housing activism. Panel Presentation. Royal Geographic Society annual conference. London.
  • Fielding, M. June 2019. Initial perspectives on feminist activism and transformative housing politics. Panel Presentation. Intersectionality and the City, DMU. Leicester.

External activities

  • Editor-in-chief, King's Review