Dr Arran Calvert

Lecturer in Social Anthropology

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My research interests are focused on the relationships between people and their lifeworlds, taking a phenomenologically informed approach to exploring the dynamic spatial and temporal relationships that exist and develop, considering the complex negotiations that take place in a constantly changing environment. Additionally, my research covers the ways in which spaces and buildings are not only constructed but are also cultivated through human activity as they are built and rebuilt, negotiated and improvised, and filled with stories and memories. Finally, I have an interest in the qualitative nature of time and how the interplay of a manifold time is experienced and negotiated in daily life.


  • Built Environment, Heritage, Time, Space, Phenomenology

Education / academic qualifications

  • 2017 - Doctor of Philosophy, Living with Durham Cathedral: understanding the dynamic relationships between a community and their cathedral, University of St Andrews (2012 - 2017)
  • 2012 - Master of Research, Horden, a colliery, a community: an anthropological investigation into the various community relationships in the mining village of Horden, University of St Andrews (2011 - 2012)

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