Frida is an ESRC-funded PhD candidate whose research explores everyday legalities of parklets and sidewalks in the San Francisco Bay Area, USA. She is especially interested in how human presence in contemporary public spaces built explicitly for ‘leisure’, ‘interaction’ and ‘enjoyment’ is policed, surveilled and managed. Additionally, the material implication of San Francisco’s self-image as a liberal haven is a central topic in Frida’s research. Frida plans to conduct fieldwork in the San Francisco Bay Area during 2021. Her work draws on legal geographic scholarship, citizenship studies, critical race theory and urban theory. In 2019, Frida started a reading group on Feminist Research Methods, which she currently co-convenes with other postgraduate students from LSE and UCL.
Frida holds a BA in Political Ecology from Lund University, and an MSc in Human Geography and Urban Studies from the LSE (Distinction). She has furthermore completed an additional year of studies at the University of California at Berkeley, where she studied Ethnic Studies. Prior to arriving at the LSE, Frida has been involved in multiple civil society organizing groups in both the USA and Sweden utilizing maps to formulate counter narratives about cities and local planning initiatives.
Policing of public space
Urban leisure space
Material implications of urban self-regard
Carceral and legal geographies
Urban social justice
Organizer and participant of the reading group “Feminist Research Methods”
Dr Austin Zeiderman
Dr Ryan Centner