Emma is a dual Canadian and British citizen, originally from Montréal, Canada and currently living in Oslo, Norway. She has a diverse academic background, on a spectrum from the natural sciences to the humanities. She holds a PhD in Human Geography from the University of Oslo.
Emma Arnold works at the intersection of urban and cultural geography. Her research interests include urban aesthetic politics, the geographies of graffiti and street art, politics of outdoor advertising, artivism and artistic protest, and connections between art and the environment. Her current research explores artistic responses to climate change, with a focus on art created or performed in urban space. This work includes exploring the artistic and creative dimensions of the youth climate movement and the actions of environmental activist groups.
She uses a range of arts-based research methods, including psychogeographic walking, photography, and artivism. She is responsible for the LAX LAB creative laboratory through which she is carrying out experiments in visual urban ethnography and arts-based research. As part of this work, she runs an open and participatory science-fiction and climate-fiction book club; a way to engage in discussions on the climate crisis through literature.
Emma’s arts practice includes illustration and painting, street/urban art, artivism, printmaking, and photography.
More about current research project: laxlab.org