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Student Profiles

Carl Bonner-Thompson
Carl Bonner Thompson

Project title: ‘No camp, no fem’: Embodied Geographies of Masculinities, Sexualities and Grindr

This ESRC funded project explores the gendered, sexualised, and digital geographies of men who use Grindr. I draw on 30 semi-structured interviews and four participant research diaries with Grindr users in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, a post-industrial city in North East England. I examine the different dimensions of being a Grindr user – from profile construction to meeting for dates and sex. I place bodies at the centre of this research to explore the embodied dimensions of masculinity and sexuality as men move in and across online and offline spaces. I pay attention to the material, visceral, and discursive dynamics that shape the ways masculinity and sexuality are lived and experienced.


GEO3135: Geographies of Gender and Generation.

GE01096: Geographical Study Skills.
GEO2111: Doing Geographical Research.
GEO2110: Social Geographies.

Barcelona Fieldtrip TA.
Langdale Residential Fieldtrip TA.

Qualifications and achievements

Research Assistant: Contested Spaces of Diversity Project - Feb 2017 - present.
Interviewing Transgender and gender non-binary students on campus. I have also been involved in the research design, and literature reviewing.

Editorial Assistant: ‘Gender, Place and Culture: A journal of feminist Geography’ - July 2015 - December 2016

Bonner-Thompson, C. (2017) '‘The meat market’: production and regulation of masculinities on the Grindr grid in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK', Gender, Place & Culture, pp. 1-15.