Profile: Joyce Davidson

Dr. Joyce Davidson, Associate Professor of Geography (with cross appointment in Women’s Studies), Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada. Joyce’s research and teaching interests focus around health, embodiment and different or ‘disordered’ emotions.

Joyce Davidson was born and brought up in Paisley, Scotland. She began her academic career in Philosophy at Stirling University, but her interests gradually shifted to spatial theories about gendered subjectivity, emotions and embodiment. She found an academic home in the Geography Department, and especially the Feminist Geography Reading Group, at the University of Edinburgh. Her doctoral research on first-hand accounts of agoraphobia led to a doctoral degree (2001) and formed the basis of Phobic Geographies: The Phenomenology and Spatiality of Identity (Ashgate, 2003). She then took up a three year Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship in the Institute for Health Research as Lancaster University, funded by the UK National Health Service.

Since moving to Canada from Scotland in 2003, she has developed her current research program. Recent projects include ‘Autism Online: The Social and Cultural Implications of the Internet for Individuals on the Spectrum,’ and ‘Virtual Reality Therapies for Autism Spectrum and Anxiety Disorders.’ She was an Organizer of the First and Second (with Laura Cameron) Interdisciplinary Conference on Emotional Geographies (Lancaster 2002, and Queen’s 2006). She has co-edited special issues on this subject for Gender, Place and Culture (with Liz Bondi, 2004, 11:3), Social and Cultural Geography (with Christine Milligan, 2004, 5:4), and is lead and founding editor of the new Elsevier journal, Emotion, Space and Society. She has also co-edited Emotional Geographies (with Liz Bondi and Mick Smith, Ashgate, 2005), and Emotion, Place and Culture (with Mick Smith, Laura Cameron and Liz Bondi, Ashgate, 2009). Davidson has published in Sociology and Philosophy as well as geography journals, and is co-author of Subjectivities, Knowledges and Feminist Geographies (Rowman and Littlefield, 2002).

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Updated: March 2009