Dr Melissa Butcher is Reader in Social and Cultural Geography, Birkbeck College (University of London, UK). Her research focuses on globalisation, mobility, cultural change, intercultural competence and conflict in diverse urban spaces, emphasising questions of identity and belonging. Before joining Birkbeck, Melissa taught in universities in Ireland and Australia, and has also worked as a journalist, a development education specialist, and an intercultural consultant and trainer in the private, government and community sectors. Her recent publications include Managing Cultural Change: Reclaiming Synchronicity in a Mobile World (2011, Ashgate) and Dissent and Cultural Resistance in Asia’s Cities (co-edited with S. Velayutham, 2009, Routledge). Melissa presents and writes regularly on issues relating to urban redevelopment, social cohesion, youth, gender, culture and conflict.
Email: m.butcher at bbk dot ac dot uk