Dr Rachel McArdle

Geography

Lecturer

Rhetoric House
2nd
20
(01) 708 3938

Biography

I am a cultural and urban geographer interested in how people shape the city, specifically looking at activists and artists and the role they play in making places and spaces. My research focuses on creativity, networks, the everyday scale of, and the provisionality of cities. I completed my PhD thesis at Maynooth University in early 2019 and I am a lecturer in the Department, beginning in September 2019. My PhD thesis was a case study approach using qualitative methods for 14 different groups, exploring how they created places in the city, titled ‘Liquid Urbanisms: Dublin's Loose Networks and Provisional Places’.   
I also completed two smaller research projects in the summer of 2019, one with Dublin City Council Culture Company, the other working with Dr. Mick Byrne (UCD) and Threshold.  
This year I am lecturing on the following modules: Approaches to Cultural Geography, Creative Cities, Living Landscapes, and Public Engagement.  




Research Interests

Culture; Creativity; Urban; Networks; Place; Activism.

Book Chapters

  Year Publication
2021 'Tracing the role of material and immaterial infrastructures in imagining diverse urban futures: Dublin’s Bolt Hostel and Apollo House'
McArdle, R. (2021) 'Tracing the role of material and immaterial infrastructures in imagining diverse urban futures: Dublin’s Bolt Hostel and Apollo House' In: The new urban ruins: Vacancy, urban politics, and the post-crisis city, Policy Press, Urban Policy, Planning and the Built Environment Series. Bristol: Policy Press. [Details]
2021 'The temporality within Temporary Urbanism: Listening to Rhythms and Timespace'
McArdle, R. (2021) 'The temporality within Temporary Urbanism: Listening to Rhythms and Timespace' In: Andres, L. and Zhang, Y (eds). The temporality within Temporary Urbanism: Listening to Rhythms and Timespace. US: Springer. [DOI] [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
2021 'Flexible methodologies: a case for approaching research with fluidity'
McArdle, R. (2021) 'Flexible methodologies: a case for approaching research with fluidity'. Professional Geographer, [Details]
2019 'Supporting women in geography (Swig) Ireland: Confronting the role of gender and asserting the importance of the female voice'
Ahern J.;Ardle R. (2019) 'Supporting women in geography (Swig) Ireland: Confronting the role of gender and asserting the importance of the female voice'. Irish Geography, 52 (1):101-122 [DOI] [full-text] [Details]
2020 'Secure occupancy, power and the landlord-tenant relation: a qualitative exploration of the Irish private rental sector'
Byrne M.;McArdle R. (2020) 'Secure occupancy, power and the landlord-tenant relation: a qualitative exploration of the Irish private rental sector'. Housing Studies, [DOI] [Details]
2015 'The improvisional city: Valuing urbanity beyond the chimera of permanence'
Till K.;McArdle R. (2015) 'The improvisional city: Valuing urbanity beyond the chimera of permanence'. Irish Geography, 48 (1):37-68 [DOI] [full-text] [Details]

Conference Contributions

  Year Publication
2016 Critical Readings of Capitalist Modernity.
Mc Ardle, R. (2016) Critical Readings of Capitalist Modernity. [Other], Conference of Irish Geographers, DCU [Details]
2016 Figuring Late Modernity: Bauman’s concept of Liquid Modernity.
Mc Ardle, R. (2016) Figuring Late Modernity: Bauman’s concept of Liquid Modernity. [Oral Presentation], Conference of Irish Geographers, DCU [Details]
2015 Temporary Urbanisms? A case study approach looking at temporary artistic initiatives in Dublin from 2013-2016.
Mc Ardle, R. (2015) Temporary Urbanisms? A case study approach looking at temporary artistic initiatives in Dublin from 2013-2016. [Poster Presentation], Conference of Irish Geographers, Queen's University Belfast [Details]
2016 SWIG (Supporting Women in Geography) Ireland: An innovative new group encouraging gender balance in the discipline of Geography.
Mc Ardle, R. (2016) SWIG (Supporting Women in Geography) Ireland: An innovative new group encouraging gender balance in the discipline of Geography. [Poster Presentation], New Perspectives Postgraduate Symposium on the Humanities,, Maynooth University [Details]

Blog

  Year Publication
2016 ‘Squat City’ evicted again in August 2016: The battle over the Grangegorman Squat in Dublin.
Mc Ardle, R. (2016) ‘Squat City’ evicted again in August 2016: The battle over the Grangegorman Squat in Dublin. Blog [Details]
2019 Tips for finishing a PhD.
Mc Ardle, R. (2019) Tips for finishing a PhD. Blog [Details]

Book Review

  Year Publication
2018 The Autonomous City A history of Urban Squatting. Alexander Vasudevan. 2017. Verso. 304 pages. £16.99 (paperback). ISBN 978 1 78168 786 4 Reviewer: Rachel Mc Ardle.
Mc Ardle, R. (2018) The Autonomous City A history of Urban Squatting. Alexander Vasudevan. 2017. Verso. 304 pages. £16.99 (paperback). ISBN 978 1 78168 786 4 Reviewer: Rachel Mc Ardle. Book Review [Details]

Edited Journal Issue

  Year Publication
2019 Discussion Forum: Supporting Women in Geography (SWIG) Ireland.
Ahern, J and Mc Ardle, R. (2019) Discussion Forum: Supporting Women in Geography (SWIG) Ireland. Edited Journal Issue [full-text] [Details]