Frida  Timan

Frida Timan

PhD candidate in Human Geography and Urban Studies

Department of Geography and Environment

Office Hours
Wednesdays 14.00-16.00
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Danish, Norwegian, Spanish, Swedish
Key Expertise
Parklets, Carcerality, Leisure, Urban self-regard

About me

Frida is an ESRC-funded Ph.D. candidate whose research explores the everyday legalities of parklets and sidewalks. She is particularly interested in how city permits shape how people and organizations take up and create spaces for leisure and enjoyment in urban public spaces. As a socio-legal scholar and ethnographic researcher, Frida is interested in uncovering the social and political life of the legal structure and process of the city permit. Additionally, the material implications of space’s self-identities are a central topic in Frida’s research. Her work draws on legal geographic scholarship, socio-legal studies, and urban theory on aesthetics and property.

Frida has participated in organising several departmental events and reading circles during her time at LSE. These include the department's Writer Meets Readers series and two reading groups bringing together participants in London, Kigali, Cologne, Stockholm, and Cape Town around discussions about feminist research methods and the work of Cedric Robinson. Moreover, Frida's research has received awards and scholarships from the Phelan US Centre, and the Anna Whitlock Memorial Foundation. In addition to her scholarly work, Frida has worked as a research consultant.

Frida holds a BA in Political Ecology from Lund University and an MSc in Human Geography and Urban Studies from LSE (Distinction). She has furthermore completed one year of studies at the University of California at Berkeley, where she studied Ethnic Studies. 

In 2021, Frida was a runner-up for Inclusive Teaching and Exceptional Teaching in an Unprecedented Year at the LSESU Student-led Teaching Awards. 

Research interests: 
Policing of public space
Urban leisure space
Material implications of urban self-regard
Carceral and legal geographies
Urban social justice

Positions held:
Organizer and participant of the reading group “Feminist Research Methods”


Timan, Frida. (2021). This is a very kind space: Vibes, enjoyment and inclusionary control in a fortified Cape Town market. Geoforum. Vol. 119. pp. 152-162. Read article.

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Expertise Details

SF Bay Area; Ethnography