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Dr Monica Riera

  • Qualifications: BA (Hons) Spanish and Latin American Studies (University of Portsmouth), PgDip Social Research Methods (University of Portsmouth), PgCert Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (University of Portsmouth), MA History (University of Portsmouth), MSc Design and Social Science (London School of Economics), PhD (University of Portsmouth)
  • Role Title: Senior Lecturer, History and cultural studies
  • Address: Park Building, King Henry 1 Street, Portsmouth PO1 2DZ
  • Telephone: 023 9284 6188
  • Email: monica.riera@port.ac.uk
  • Department: School of Languages and Area Studies
  • Faculty: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences


My main field of research is the city. I am interested in how cities articulate and shape human culture, and the ways in which artefacts, public rituals and spatial patterns both express and promote ways to organise society. As an extension of this, I am interested in the ways in which society addresses cultural memories and traumatic historical events through urban interventions. I am also interested in literary and film representations of cities, metropolitan life styles and memory cultures. Currently I am working on an analysis of the dynamics of cultural sustainability in Pingyao (Shanxi province, China).


Research Clusters


  • Cluster for sustainable cities
  • Centre for European and International Studies Research



Discipline Areas

  • City design
  • Urban development
  • History
  • Area Studies
  • Cultural Studies

Current Research Projects

  • The Luminous City: Light and the Construction of London’s Urban Image and Spaces

Research profile

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