Job title: Lecturer in Cultural Geography and Theory

Role: Co-Chair ECA Decolonising the Curriculum Working Group

Tel: +44 (0)131 651 5825


Office address: 4.05 Minto House

Research outputs: Dr Penny Travlou on Edinburgh Research Explorer

​​Penny Travlou is a Lecturer in Cultural Geography and Theory in the School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (ESALA) and formerly a Research Fellow in OPENspace.

Her research is interdisciplinary, focusing on theories of space and place, the politics of public space, digital culture, distributed networks, 'the Commons' and ethnography.

She has been Co-Investigator of the EU-funded (HERA JRP) project, " Electronic Literature as a Model of Creativity and Innovation in Practice", and Principal Investigator of the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funded project, "Creation and Publication of the Digital Manual: authority, authorship and voice".

She is in the Research Team of the British Council/Newton Fund project "Medellín Urban Innovation" (MUI) and, from March 2017 to March 2021, is leading a work package on EU COST Action CA16121, "From Sharing to Caring: Examining Socio-Technical Aspects of the Collaborative Economy".

Penny teaches both undergraduate and postgraduate courses on contemporary architectural theory, cultural geography, landscape and wellbeing studies and qualitative research methods.

She is Programme Director of the Cultural Landscapes - MSc and supervises PhD students across Edinburgh College of Art (ECA).

Penny was one of a 15-strong team from ESALA responsible for securing an Athena SWAN Charter Bronze Award for the School, which was bestowed by the Equality Challenge Unit in July 2014; the Award recognises success in advancing gender equality and developing an inclusive working culture for all staff, both male and female.

She is ECA’s current Coordinator of Adjustments.

Alongside her academic work, Penny is active on issues about urban commons and spatial justice and a research team member of the P2P Foundation, the international organisation focused on studying, researching, documenting and promoting peer-to-peer practices. She is also a member of the Alliance of the Commons in Greece.

She co-founded Options FoodLab (, a food-related social enterprise and community for refugees' integration in Athens.​ Since 2015, she has been actively involved in the Athens Subsumption/Metaxication Inc. performance art collective looking at urban issues of gentrification, precarious labour, tourist landscapes and commons (​).

Current PhD students

PhD Supervision Topics

Accepting applications.

  • ​​​​​Politics of public space
  • Urban commons and spatial justice
  • Refugees, displacement and migration
  • Digital cultures, collaborative practices and creativity
  • Collaborative economy
  • Distributed networks
  • Cultural landscapes
  • Feminist and queer studies of space and place
  • Ethnography