Ella Harris

Staff details

Position Postdoctoral Researcher
Department Sociology
Email e.harris (@gold.ac.uk)
Ella Harris

The project explores how precarious ways of living and working are reimagined positively through the discourses, logics and aesthetics of pop-up culture. 

Prior to this, Ella worked as a research assistant, in the Geography Department at Royal Holloway University, on a collaborative project on pop-up social housing. She completed a PhD in Cultural Geography at Royal Holloway University in 2017, having previously taken an MA in Cultural Geography (Royal Holloway) and BA in English Language and Literature (Oxford University).

Ella’s research focuses on urban spatiotemporality and the affective dimensions of precarity. She is particularly interested in “compensatory” ways of living in cities in the current climate of recession and austerity. Ella also works with creative digital methods and her PhD project experimented with the methodological values of interactive documentary (i-Docs) for exploring urban space-time and its politics.

Ella has published widely on subjects including the cultural geographies of precarity, pop-up housing, the housing crisis as a structure of feeling, the spatiotemporal logics of commercial pop-up culture, immersive cinema, precarious labour and container architectures, and interactive documentary.


Book Section

Harris, Ella R S. 2018. Crafted places/places for craft: pop-up and the politics of the "crafted" city. In: Susan Luckman and Nicola Thomas, eds. Craft Economies. London: Bloomsbury Academic. ISBN 9781474259569

Harris, Ella R S. 2017. Encountering Urban Space Live at The Floating Cinema. In: Sarah Atkinson and Helen W. Kennedy, eds. Live Cinema: Cultures, Economies, Aesthetics. London: Bloomsbury Academic. ISBN 9781501324833


Harris, Ella R S; Nowicki, Mel and Brickell, Katherine. 2019. On-edge in the Impasse: Inhabiting the housing crisis as Structure-of-Feeling. Geoforum, 101, pp. 156-164. ISSN 0016-7185

Harris, Ella R S and Nowicki, Mel. 2018. Cultural Geographies of Precarity. Cultural Geographies, 25(3), pp. 387-391. ISSN 1474-4740

Harris, Ella R S. 2016. Exploring pop-up cinema and the city: Deleuzian encounters with secret cinema’s pop-up screening of The Third Man. Journal of Urban Cultural Studies, 3(1), pp. 113-132. ISSN 2050-9790

Harris, Ella R S. 2015. Navigating Pop‐up Geographies: Urban Space–Times of Flexibility, Interstitiality and Immersion. Geography Compass, 9(11), pp. 592-603.