The Leverhulme Trust funded ‘Cultures of the Suburbs International Research Network’ started in September 2011. The Network is a partnership between the Universities of Exeter and Kingston (UK), Witwatersrand (South Africa), Hofstra (USA), Griffith (Australia), the National University of Ireland, Maynooth, and Jain University Bangalore, and its purpose is to support scholarly activities relating to the cultural life of the suburbs.

NEWS: 2014 Cultures of the Suburbs Conference ‘Imagining the Suburbs’ 19-21 June 2014.

Confirmed Keynote Speakers: Professor Roger Keil, Professor of the Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University; Principal Investigator, Major Collaborative Research Initiative, Global Suburbanisms: Governance, Land and Infrastructure in the 21st Century (2010-2017) and Michael Rosen, author, poet, broadcaster and Professor of Children’s Literature at Goldsmith’s, University of London.

Booking is now open at:


The conference programme is now available (see left-hand menu)

** Postgraduate Students **- 5 Free day-places are available for postgraduates wishing to attend the Imagining the Suburbs Conference (Exeter 19th – 21st June). Interested? Email your name, e-mail address and institutional affiliation to: by 5th June.

Please note: the CFP deadline has now passed. 

Call for Submissions for special conference edition of creative writing journal Riptide at  Deadline for submissions: 1 March 2014



Virtual Exhibitions

Faith in Suburbia
Photographs taken by senior members of faith communities in Ealing and Hanwell (London) for a collaborative photography project organised by UCL geographer Claire Dwyer and award-winning photographer Liz Hingley.

Manchester Suburban Areas
This is a small selection of individual images of some of the suburbs in both North and South Manchester.

Occidente Nuevo
A collaborative project by Anthony P. Marchetti and Laura E. Migliorino, which explores the architecture and human experience of Tijuana neighborhoods built almost entirely out of recycled architecture.

Pyrmont Paintings
A selection of paintings showing the cycle of abandonment, decay, destruction and renewal of an inner-city landscape.

Suburban Shadows
This work consists of a series of oil pastels depicting shadows cast on both the interiors and exteriors of suburban houses both day and night.