Dr Debbie Humphry


I am a lecturer in human geography with research focusing on housing inequalities, class and social mobility and urban resistance (London). I am an editor and website editor for City: analysis of urban change, theory, action and I contribute to campaigns such as Homes for All, Radical Housing Network and Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC). I previously worked as a journalist and photographer for publications such as the Guardian and the New Economic Foundations, exhibiting work at venues such as the National Portrait Gallery, The Royal Festival Hall  and the RGS-IBG, London.

Academic responsibilities

Lecturer in Human Geography


  • BA English Literature
  • MA Photography and Urban Cultures
  • MSc Social Research Methods
  • PhD: Moving on? Experiences of Social Mobility in a Mixed Class North London Neighbourhood (Geog)

Teaching and learning

Undergraduate courses taught


Selected Publicaations:

Humphry, D. 2019. From Residualisation to Individualization? Social Tenants' Experiences in Post-Olympics East Village, Housing, Theory and Society. Online.

Fernandez Arrigoitia, M., Humphry, D and Richter, A. 2019. Editorial: Anything is Possible. City. 23:2. Pp.139-142

Humphry and Hampden-Thompson, 2019. Primary school pupils' emotional experiences of synchronous audio-led online communication during online one-to-one tuition. Computers & Education, 135, pp.100-112.

Humphry, D 2019. Memory and the Everyday in Homs, Syria. Interview with Ammar Azzouz. CITY http://bit.ly/MemorySyria

Humphry, D., 2019. Policing the 2012 London Olympics: Legacy and Social Exclusion: By Gary Armstrong, Richard Giulianotti and Dick Hobbs. Abingdon: Routledge. London Journal.

Humphry, D. 2018. Paula and Keith. Invisible Britain: Portraits of Hope and Resilience. Ed Paul Sng, Velvet Joy.

Humphry, D, and Burridge, S. 2018. The Cost of Homelessness. Radical News.

Humphry, D., 2017. 'The Best New Place to Live'? Visual Research with Residents in East Village and E20. In London 2012 and the Post-Olympics City (pp. 179-204). Palgrave Macmillan, London.

Humphry, D. 2017. Voices and Analysis, Grenfell Tower. City bit.ly/VoicesGrenfell

Humphry, D. 2016. Rapid response to the London's Housing Crisis and its Activisms Conference, CITY Vol 20 (3) May 2016

Humphry, D. 2016. Social housing tenants who feel demonised as second-class citizens, The Guardian, 18 May 2016.  http://bit.ly/2gvwvmo

Humphry, D. 2013 Inside Outside: a Visual Investigation of Belonging in a North London Neighbourhood, in Home: International Perspectives on Culture, Identity and Belonging, eds Kusenback, M. Paulsen, K, Peter Lang International Academic Publishers, Frankfurt am Main, Bern, Brussels, New York, Oxford, Warsaw, Wien.

Scholarly affiliations

  • Fellow RGS-IBG

Professional practice, knowledge exchange and impact

Professional and scholarly affiliations

  • RGS-IBG Fellow
  • Editor and Website Editor - City: Analysis of Urban Change, Theory, Action

Leadership and management

University responsibilities

  • Outreach co-ordinator
  • REF2021 Internal Peer Review Panel

Public and CIVIC roles

  • Campaigner: Homes for All; Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC); Kentish Town Futures.
  • LivingMaps Network Advisory Board