Frida is an ESRC-funded Ph.D. candidate whose research explores the 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 and enjoyment are policed and surveilled. 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 2022. 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.
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. Prior to arriving at LSE, Frida was involved in multiple civil society organising groups in both the USA and Sweden.
In 2021, Frida was a runner-up for Inclusive Teaching and Exceptional Teaching in an Unprecedented Year at the LSESU Student-led Teaching Awards.
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”
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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