Postgraduate Research Student Profiles

Sian Thompson

The role of the built environment in supporting casual social ties in large apartment complexes and their local areas

Sian Thompson is aiming to understand what residents of large apartment complexes want socially, how this relates to policy and design aims around “community” in apartments, and how the built environment can support this.
For her thesis “The role of the built environment in supporting casual social ties in large apartment complexes and their local areas”, supervised by Professor Bruce Judd, Dr Gethin Davison and Associate Professor Hazel Easthope, Sian will conduct research to explore the link between the use, or disuse, of shared spaces and the development of acquaintance relationships.