Alice Watson

Geography (2018)

alice watson

My research interests lie in media and migration, particularly radio as an understudied space of knowledge production in Geography with the capacity to shape geographical imaginations. I am interested in how listeners are called on to imagine the spaces, places, and people that broadcasters describe and to actively construct ideas and imaginaries. I approach radio as an increasingly malleable medium - disseminated across and accessed through multiple platforms from social media to podcasts - with rich potential for examining reconfigured listening practices and new spaces of consumption. My thesis will explore how migration is represented in BBC Radio and how, and in which spaces, imaginative geographies of migration are received and understood by listeners. It seeks to reveal how radio impacts geographical imaginations and shapes public attitudes towards ‘migrants’ and ‘refugees’.    

Prior to starting my DPhil, I completed my undergraduate degree in Geography at the University of St Andrews and an MSc in Migration Studies at the University of Oxford (St Edmund Hall). At St Andrews, I was delighted to receive the Miller Prize awarded to the most outstanding graduating student in the Faculty of Arts and the Royal Scottish Geographical Society Medal for the best Honours degree in Geography. I also received the MacIver Class Medal for distinction in Geography in each of my four years at the university. Whilst at Oxford, I was thrilled to receive the Examiners’ Prize for the best overall performance in the MSc. I am passionate about broadcasting and have thoroughly enjoyed two work experience placements with the BBC. Outside of my studies, I present and produce my own radio show, Oxford College Castaway, on Oxford University’s student radio station.