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Student Profiles

Tessa Holland

Project title: Knowing through Cittaslow: An exploration of Slow, ‘fast’ and crafted knowledge in UK Slow towns

Supervisors: Dr Helen Jarvis, Dr Neil Powe and Dr Andrew Donaldson

A Collaborative Doctoral Award funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, led by Tessa Holland, with support and supervision from Dr Andrew Donaldson, Dr Suzanne Speak and Dr Helen Jarvis.

The project was developed with the UK branch of the international network of Slow towns, called Cittaslow, and has involved working on in-depth qualitative case studies with support from my collaborative partners and with diverse stakeholders and residents of member towns.  It aims to explore the capacity of Cittaslow to affect, and be affected; and as a response to sustainability in the 21st century.  Arising from an early emphasis on co-creation, the project evolved to draw in the philosophy of the Slow movement, subsequently re-imagining Slow as an analytical and methodological approach that can be used to critique power relations produced by dominant ‘fast’ narratives.