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Camilla Lewis


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Camilla Lewis is a senior lecturer in architectural studies at the University of Manchester and a member of the Manchester Architecture Research Group (MARG). 

Camilla completed a PhD in social anthropology at the University of Manchester in 2014. Her research centres on the themes of urban change, inequalities, ageing, housing, belonging and community with a strong methodological focus, spanning a variety of ethnographic, sensory as well as longitudinal approaches. Camilla’s publications have provided theoretical analyses on the everyday experiences of inequalities in urban environments and also practical suggestions for how to tackle marginalisation in socially excluded groups.

Prior to joining the architecture department, Camilla taught at Newcastle University and worked on various post-doctoral research roles at Manchester and Brunel. From 2018-2019 she led an ESRC-funded project entitled ‘The experience of 'ageing in place' over time: a longitudinal perspective’.

In 2023, Camilla co-authored a book entitled COVID-19, Inequality and Older People: Everyday Life During the Pandemic, which was published by Policy Press. 

Camilla is a member of the Manchester Urban Ageing Research Group and the Morgan Centre for Research on Everyday Lives.

Enquiries from potential PhD students with interests on the research topics mentioned above are welcomed. 

Research interests

My research interests revolve around urban change, everyday life, community and belonging. Methodologically my interests include the use of ethnographic research, qualiatative interviewing and biographical methods.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities


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