Centre for Suburban Studies
The Centre for Suburban Studies is committed to pioneering an interdisciplinary socio-cultural approach to the study of suburbia and suburban life.
The definition of suburbia now embraces a wide range of developments from New Towns to Council Estates. National census returns record 86% of the British population as living in the following suburban categories: Suburban/Urban (19th century suburbs) - 23%, Suburban (20th century suburbs) - 43%, Suburban/Rural (scattered small estates in open land) - 20%. It is clear that the old stereotypical associations are no longer relevant to these vibrant sites of social mobility and ethnic diversity, which offer a model for local living in a global society.
The main research areas of the Centre include:
- Cultural representations of suburbia
- Suburban Life Histories and Life Writings
- Suburban Identities: Ethnicity, Sexuality, Gender, Class
- Sustainability and Suburban Lifestyles
- The Role of City-Suburbs in City-Regions
- The Impact of New Technologies on the Suburbs
We welcome approaches from the media, individuals, institutions and businesses interested in suburb-related topics.
Contact usCentre for Suburban Studies
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Kingston upon Thames