Mark Ball




Mark is a PhD candidate based at the University of Leeds, working within our A-Theme, researching the role of culture and cultural practice in urban development.

Mark is a first year PhD student at the University of Leeds researching the role of culture and cultural practice in small(er) cities. Looking specifically at Stoke-on-Trent, alongside supervisors Prof. Kate Oakley and Dr. David Bell, Mark will be considering how culture (and practice) shapes senses of place and wellbeing. Taking in work across human geography, sociology, and cultural policy, Mark’s research considers themes around endurance and nostalgia, where ‘smallness’ might be imagined as something other than a development shortcoming.

Mark received a first class degree in Geography (BA) from the University of Leeds in 2015, and has worked freelance as a videographer/editor across a number of projects over the last few years. During his undergraduate degree, Mark received funding to work alongside Dr. Ayona Datta on a documentary project, and since graduating has presented a summation of his undergraduate research to a European exchange programme – summary hereMark remains interested in visual methods (both in documentation and presentation) in academic work, and hopes to utilise his skills in videography as a postgraduate student.