Who are we?

We are the three co-conveners of the Feminist Spaces project. We are based in the University of Huddersfield. Our profiles are presented here in alphabetical order.

Anna Davidson

I work, think, write, teach and sometimes tweet, on issues that sit at the intersections of sustainability and social injustice. This has led me to research, and write about, the health and sustainability of menstrual practices, the feminist politics of urban cycling, and lately, the queer cultures of Kombucha. I am involved in local groups working on sustainability as well as anti-racist practice and education. Most of what I understand, teach and practice on feminism was learned from activists and thinkers at varying intersectional margins of gender, race, nationality, sexuality, the economy and ability. The activist-thinkers that inspire me are critical of racialized (and hetero-patriarchal, ableist) capitalism and are building worlds otherwise. I’m a lecturer in human geography at the University of Huddersfield, UK.

Grainne McMahon

I was once described by a student as a ‘full-time feminist’ and I wear that badge with pride. As a long-standing feminist activist, I am committed to feminist praxis and I (try to) live my life according to feminist principles of fairness, rights and justice. I research feminist and human rights activism and social movements, and young people’s participation, and I utilise only co-equal and co-created methodologies in my work. My research work and activism centers voice and experience in challenging the patriarchal, elitist and racist structures that oppress, in particular, women and people of colour. I am the Research Lead for human rights organisation, RAPAR. I remain concerned and furious about violence against women, the ‘othering’ of the ‘hostile environment’ of the United Kingdom, and the daily lived experiences of oppression across and within borders. I am a Senior Lecturer at the University of Huddersfield and active on twitter: @grainnemcmahon.  

Kate Smith

I live purposefully with feminist perspectives, women’s rights and empowerment, and practices of resistance within local and global communities. Engaging with those who have been displaced… find themselves out of place, at the margins, in the borderlands… I work alongside women and girls in research, writing, poetry, photography and other creative forms, to ensure the diversity of women’s stories become a central part of our cultural narratives. Much of the credit for my feminist education goes to the women I meet as a Practitioner Manager of women’s services and as a proud member of WomenCentre – I have more than 20 years of experience developing collaborative and participatory projects with women seeking asylum, refugees and new migrants. I also work as a Research Fellow on issues of asylum and migration in Human and Health Sciences at the University of Huddersfield, UK.