Dr Penny Travlou is Senior Lecturer in Cultural Geography and Theory at the Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, University of Edinburgh. Her research is interdisciplinary focusing on social justice, the commons, collaborative practices, emerging networks, feminist methodologies, critical landscape theory, epistemologies of the South and ethnography.
She is also the Co-Director of the Feminist Autonomous Centre for Research in Athens, a non-profit independent research organisation that focuses on feminist and queer studies, participatory education and activism.
Penny teaches both undergraduate and postgraduate courses on landscape theory, cultural geography and qualitative research methods across ESALA and supervise PhD students. She is the Programme Director of the new MSc Architecture, Landscape and Environment.
Her ethnographic research looks at collaborative practices in emerging networks such as of art organisations, collaborative economy initiatives, translocal migrants and activists. For the past seven years, she collaborates with art organisations in Colombia and most recently, in the African continent to understand commons from a decolonial perspective and look at commoning practices within artistic forms while understanding the specificities of the commons rooted in various socio-cultural and geographical contexts. This project is funded by DOEN Stiftung and Prince Claus Foundation (Netherlands) and has been presented in Documenta15 in Kassel (7-11 July 2022). Since April 2022, she participates in a new project “Decolonising the City: co-designing a participatory arts-based research toolkit with African descent communities in Athens, Greece” funded by Urban Studies Foundation and the Independent Social Research Foundation in the UK.