Prof Hester Parr
Hester Parr is the Principal Investigator (PI) of the research project and works with Olivia Stevenson in the School of Geographical and Earth Sciences at the University of Glasgow.
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Hester wanted to work on missing geographies because of her interest in how vulnerable people – often those with mental health issues – use geography to manage senses of crisis and psychological trauma. In this case, a ‘crisis mobility’ is one way in which people cope with traumatic or stressful life experience. Hester has worked with people with mental health problems, and the organisations that support them, for many years. She has recently published a book called ‘Mental health and social space: geographies of inclusion?’ (Blackwell, 2008).
Hester is experimenting with creative forms of scholarship and via film-making (Parr, 2007), creative writing (Parr, 2011), and ‘storying’ missing journeys performatively. She is interested in working via different forms of creativity in order to help different kinds of effects and affect via academic and public audiencing.
Parr, H (2008) Mental Health and Social Space: Towards Inclusionary Geographies? RGS-IBG Book Series, Blackwell Publishing, 211 pages)
Parr, H (2007) ‘Collaborative film-making as process, method and text in mental health research,’ Cultural Geographies 14, pp.114-138.
Parr, H (2011) 'Writing Geographies for Well-being and Recovery: the impact of the creative writing of place and landscape for people with mental health problems’ paper presented at the ‘Creativity and health session’ (co-organised by Atkinson, Foley and Parr) during the bi-annual International Medical Geography Conference, Durham, 2011.
H Parr and N Fyfe (2012) 'Missing Geographies' Progress in Human Geography accessible via Online First at doi: 10.1177/0309132512465919.