BA (London) PhD (Middlesex)
Les Roberts lectures in the Department of Communication and Media at the University of Liverpool. His research interests and practice fall within the areas of spatial anthropology, urban cultural studies, cultural memory, and spatial humanities. With a background in anthropology and cultural studies his work explores the intersection between space, place, mobility, and memory with a particular focus on film and popular music cultures. He has worked as a researcher across the School of the Arts on the multi-disciplinary projects ‘City in Film: Liverpool’s Urban Landscape and the Moving Image’ (2006-8), ‘Mapping the City in Film: a Geo-Historical Analysis’ (2008-10), and ‘Popular Music Heritage, Cultural Memory and Cultural Identity’ (POPID) (2010-12). He has published numerous peer reviewed journal articles and book chapters and is the author, editor or co-editor of 7 books, including Mapping Cultures: Place, Practice and Performance (2015), Locating the Moving Image: New Approaches to Film and Place (2014), and Film, Mobility and Urban Space: a Cinematic Geography of Liverpool (2012). He is currently working on developing a number of on-going projects, including research into location filming and heritage tourism, and a collaborative European project on the spatial anthropology of wetlands.