about

Rachel Bok
Department of GeographyUniversity of British Columbia
http://www.geog.ubc.ca/persons/rachel-bok/

2016   —   : PhD, Geography, University of British Columbia, Vancouver (Committee: Jamie Peck, Trevor Barnes, Merje Kuus, Erica Schoenberger)
2015: M SocSci, Geography, National University of Singapore, Singapore
2013: B SocSci (Hons), Geography (and English Literature), National University of Singapore, Singapore                          Geography, University of Southampton, UK (2012)

I am a PhD Candidate (ABD) in the Department of Geography at UBC. I work across areas of critical urban theory and critical policy studies, focusing on approaches to cities and their global connections through registers of political economy and relational methodological approaches of global ethnography. I was the Student Representative for the AAG Urban Geography Specialty Group (2018 – 2020 ) and the AAG Asian Geography Specialty Group (2018 – 2020

My dissertation research is a global ethnography of the urban “solutions” industry. Whether or not solutions to varied, cross-scalar urban crises genuinely exist remains an open question. But there is an entire industry that has sprung up based on the assumption that such solutions can be easily found, scaled, and marketized across cities. I am principally interested in the actors and organizations that think they are capable of supplying solutions en masse to diverse cities across the globe, frequently framed as urban initiatives that simultaneously address global catastrophic events, and how these typically extraurban agents are changing contemporary urban governance.

I am currently writing my dissertation: the data stems from two years of ethnographic fieldwork from 2018-2020, during which I worked full-time at parastatal think tanks in urban policymaking and attended various conferences.

I use this website mainly as a digital repository both to catalog media I find interesting, and to store photographs of the whimsies of urban landscapes I encounter while walking through cities.

1 Comment

  1. Hi Rachel,
    Accidentally, found your site researching ‘territoreality’ and enjoying the articles you’ve assembled. I also used the term “territoreality’ in my PhD dissertation and thought you might be interested. The original version in available online in PDF — and you can search the term from within — at http://www.egs.edu/media/research-database/tracy-ann-essoglou/

    I would be interested in following your work and keeping in touch.
    Let me know,
    Wishes.
    Tracy

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