ESRC Funded SeNSS Scholarship

I have been awarded a full ESRC Funded SeNSS Scholarship!

I am overwhelmed and hugely overjoyed to announce that I have won a SeNSS (South-East Social Sciences) scholarship. This is a full student led scholarship funded by the ESRC (Economic Social Research Council).

The aim of this project is to explore how autistic women’s complex embodied experience of the built environment may be codified or systematically analysed, through a perceptual model of wayfinding. Empowering autistic women’s wayfinding thus widens participation in the design of placemaking for minority groups. This project has grown from my own photography practice where I’ve explored my own autism in relation to the built environment.

Barcelona Reflections, Jane Elizabeth Bennett 2014 ©

SeNSS Scholarship is supporting my research question. ‘How can autistic women’s complex embodied experience of the built environment be codified through a perceptual model of wayfinding?’

Train Journeys in Slovakia, Jane Elizabeth Bennett 2013 ©

My ambition is to reframe autistic wayfinding, moving the impetus from autistic women tolerating negative environmental stimuli and thus widening participation and access to opportunities in public space. My PhD will empower me to make impactful, socially engaged and accessible research. A SeNSS studentship is a catalyst to this career.

I am overwhelmed that SeNSS have selected my project for this prestigious award and humbled by the support and encouragement I have received from the University of Reading.

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