research project funded by the Economic and Social Research Council in the Department
of Anthropology at the University of Aberdeen.
Research Fellow: Dr Jo Vergunst (formerly Jo Lee)
When we walk, we can bring together past, present and future time. Our movements are grounded and we have a distinctive relationship with our surroundings. The places made by walking are nodes in a network, knots formed by the convergance of paths. As we walk, we create a rhythm of movement that can be shared during a walk and through the course of a life.
This project investigates these cultural aspects of walking through a study of the ways people walk in everyday contexts. We look at walking at different times of life and in different environmental conditions, in order to understand how walking is valued and experienced. Ethnographic fieldwork underway in and around the city of Aberdeen explores how walking can connect personal and collective biographies and places in meaningful ways.
These pages contain further information about the project, including written papers, a downloadable walking diary, pictures, and ongoing research activities. The site is written and maintained by Jo Vergunst.
The project finished in 2006 although research on its themes is continuing. The ESRC end of award report is available via the project's ESRC page