Dr Clare Rishbeth


Dr. Clare Rishbeth is a senior lecturer in the Department of Landscape Architecture, University of Sheffield.

Her research focuses on migration histories and the experiential qualities of place, developing a landscape specific contribution within a broad field of literature encompassing belonging and isolation, conviviality, racism and transnational connections. Her approach and social values are focused on profiles of marginalisation – shaped by intersections of ethnicity, class and gender – set against the civic ethos of properly public space. She has led a range of research projects on these themes, most recently the AHRC funded ‘The Bench Project’ (2015) and ‘#refugeeswelcome in parks’ (2017). She leads the Transcultural Urban Outdoors group which has focussed primarily on doctoral research looking at the intersections of population diversity and the design and management of urban public spaces in a range of locations.

Clare is currently working within a large research project on wellbeing and urban nature, addressing diverse cultural connections and the experience of first generation migrants within this. She is developing new connection in the Middle East, working with researchers and stakeholders in Jordan and Lebanon to examine what refugee settlement and integration means for urban change.

Recent publications


Clare Rishbeth, Farnaz Ganji & Goran Vodicka (2017): Ethnographic understandings of ethnically diverse neighbourhoods to inform urban design practice, Local Environment. (open access: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/13549839.2017.1385000 )

Rishbeth, Clare. and Rogaly, Ben. (2017), Sitting outside: conviviality, self-care and the design of benches in urban public space. Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers.  (open access: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/tran.12212/full_ )