Over the last few years I’ve been involved in a range of research projects, see below.

Jan 2016 – Jan 2017

PI – BA Mid-Career Fellowship: Timescapes of Urban Change

12 month fellowship

£ 127.000

Application No: MD140041

April 2015 – April 2017

PI – AHRC research networking grant: Sensory Cities: researching,representing and curating sensory-emotional landscapes of urban environments

AHRC networking grant for 24 months


Application No:AH/M006379/1

Oct 2011 – Oct 2013

Co-investigator with Prof. G. Rose: Architectural Atmospheres: The impact of digital technologies on architectural design practice

ESRC Application for a 24 month study

£ 231,832

Application No:RES-062-23-3305

Dec 2011 – April 2012 Visiting Researcher to the University of Barcelona

Funded by AGAUR (Agencia de Gestio d’Ajuts Universitaris i Recerca) Catalan Government

Euros 5.840

Sept 2007 – April 2009

Co-investigator with Prof. G. Rose: Urban aesthetics: a comparison of experiences in Milton Keynes and Bedford town centres

ESRC application for a 18 month study

£ 178,501

Application No: RES-062-23-0223


Joint application (with Prof. G.Rose): Market Research: public art in Milton Keynes

Human Geography Research Panel, Open University




Below is a list of my publications, most of them are freely available from my university homepage.

Single Authored Books:

  • Degen, M. (2008) Sensing Cities: Regenerating public life in Barcelona and Manchester, Routledge. pp 225

Refereed Journal Articles:

  • Degen, M. (2015) Urban Regeneration and Resistance: Foregrounding Time and Experience. Space and Culture invited contribution to a special edition on Resistance in public spaces, submitted.
  • Degen, M. , Melhuish C.; Rose, G. (2015) Producing Place Atmospheres Digitally: Architecture, Digital Visualisation Practices and the Experience Economy. Journal of Consumer Culture, published online February 2015.
  • Rose, G., Degen, M. & Melhuish, C. (2014) Networks, interfaces and computer-generated images: learning from digital visualisations of urban redevelopment projects, Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, 32 (2): 386-403.
  • Degen, M. & Rose, G. (2012) The Sensory experiencing of Urban Design: The role of walking and Perceptual memory, Urban Studies, Vol 49 (15), 3271-3287.
  • Buckingham, S. & Degen, M. (2012) Sensing our way: using yoga as a research method, Senses and Society, Vol 7 (3), 329 -344.
  • Degen, M. & Garcia, S.(2012) The transformation of the ‘Barcelona model’: an analysis of culture, urban regeneration and governance, International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, Vol 36 (5).
  • Degen, M. & E. Wainwright (2011) Wallpaper City Guides and gendering the urban aesthetic, Tourist Studies Vol. 10 (2), 155-176.
  • Degen, M.; Rose, G. & Basdas, B. (invited contribution) (2010) Bodies and everyday practices in designed urban environments, Science Studies, Vol. 23 (2), 60-76.
  • Rose, G.; Degen, M. & Basdas, B. (2010) More on ‘big things’: building events and feelings, Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, 35 (1) 334-349.
  • Rose, G.; Degen, M. & Basdas, B. (2009) Using Websites to disseminate research on Urban Spatialities, Geography Compass, Vol.4.
  • Degen, M.; Rose, G. & DeSilvey, C. (2008) Experiencing visualities in designed urban environments: learning from Milton Keynes, Environment and Planning A, Vol. 40 (8) pp. 1901 – 1920.
  • S. Hinchliffe, S. Whatmore; Degen, M.; M.Kearnes (2007) Ecologies and economies of action –sustainability, calculations and other things, Environment and Planning A, Vol. 39, pp. 260-282 .
  • S. Hinchliffe, S. Whatmore; Degen, M.; M.Kearnes (2005) Urban wild things: a cosmopolitical experiment, Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, Vol. 23, pp. 643-658. Re-printed in: J. Hillier & P. Healey (eds) (2008) Vol.III: Contemporary Movements in PlanningTheory, Ashgate.
  • Degen, M. (2003) Fighting for the Global Catwalk: Formalising public life in Castlefield (Manchester) and diluting public life in el Raval (Barcelona)International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, Vol.27 (4), pp 867-880.
  • Degen, M. (2002) Redesigning Public Space. A sensory analysis of regenerated public places in el Raval, Barcelona, The European Journal of Arts and Education, Vol. 14, pp. 53-65.
  • Degen, M. (2001) Sensed Appearances: sensing the performance of place, Space and Culture, Vol.11/12, pp. 52-69.
  • Degen, M. & Hetherington, K. (2001) Hauntings, Space and Culture, Vol.11/12, pp. 1-6.

Edited Books:

  • Degen, M. and Miles, M. eds (2010) Culture & Agency, University of Plymouth Press, pp 163
  • Degen M. and Garcia, S. (2008) The Meta-city: Barcelona – transformation of a metropolis, Editorial Anthropos, Barcelona. pp187

Book Chapters:

  • Rose, G., Degen, M. & Melhuish, C. (2015) Dimming the scintillating glow of unwork: looking at digital visualisations of urban redevelopment projects. In S. Jordan & C. Lindner, eds. Cities Interrupted: Visual Culture, Globalisation and Urban Space. London: Bloomsbury.
  • Degen, M. (2014) The Everyday City of the Senses in R. Paddison & E. McCann (eds.) Cities and Social Change, Sage, (invited contribution). pp37
  • Degen, M.; Hinchcliffe. S., Whatmore, S., Kearnes, M. (2010) The Urban Green: passionate involvements with urban natures in M. Miles & M. Degen (eds.) Culture & Agency, University of Plymouth Press, 62-82.
  • Degen, M. (2010) Consuming urban rhythms: Let’s ravalejar In: T. Edensor (ed.) Geographies of Rhythm, Ashgate, in press. pp21-31
  • Degen, M. (2008) Modelling a new Barcelona: the design of public life In: The Meta-city: Barcelona – transformation of a metropolis. Editorial Anthropos, Barcelona. pp83-96
  • Degen, M. & Garcia, S. (2008) Introduction: Barcelona: spaces, cultures and societies. In: The Meta-city: Barcelona – transformation of a metropolis. Editorial Anthropos, Barcelona. pp9-27
  • Degen, M. (2004) Threshold Spaces: Crossing Boundaries. In: Funky Projects (eds.), Volatile Environments, Frankfurt: Revolver, pp. 220-231.
  • Degen, M. (2004) Barcelona’s Games: the Olympics, urban design and global tourism. In: J.Urry & M.Sheller (eds.), 2004, Tourism Mobilities: Places to Play, Places in Play. London: Routledge, pp. 131-142.
  • Degen, M. (2002) Regenerating Public Life? A sensory analysis of regenerated public places in el Raval, Barcelona In: Jane Rendell and Judith Rugg (eds.), Advances in Art and Urban Futures. Bristol: Intellect Books, pp.19-35.

Guest Journal Editorship:

  • Degen, M. & Hetherington, K,. (2001) Spatial Hauntings. Special issue of the journal Space and Culture, vol.11/12, pp. 1-189

Other publications:

  • Buckingham, S. & Degen,M. (2009) Civic Identities and Body Practices: Using Yoga as a Research Method, Conference Proceedings International Sociological Association and RC21: Sociology of Urban and Regional Development, Sao Paulo, online publication.
  • Degen, M.; Rose, G. & Basdas, B. (2009) Learning about how people experience urban environments IXIA, Public Art Think Tank; see:
  • Degen, M. (2008) Vida Urbana, Barcelona Metropolis, 73, Ajuntament de Barcelona. pp 8-9
  • Degen, M. (2004) Touring the Global Catwalk: cities and urban tourismIn: F.Muñoz (ed) Transversal- Revista de Cultura, 2004, Nr. 23 pp.30-32.