John Aitken

John Aitken

Senior Lecturer

School of Journalism, Media and Performance

Media Factory, ME330

+44 (0) 1772 89 4797

Subject Areas: Photography

John Aitken has worked in the photography area at UCLan since 1999. His background is in freelance and in exhibition based work. Since 2001 he has centred his practice primarily in urban-based photography. Currently he is working on long-term projects in the former Eastern Europe centring on utopian expressions of urbanism and in Salford, Greater Manchester, examining the effects of gentrification on local communities and public space. He works collaboratively with his partner Jane Brake (MMU). Their work is included in the book The Politics of Space and Place (Cambridge Scholars 2012).

John is research active within the area of journalism, media theory and practice and is a member of the Photography research group.


John van Aitken's current research deals with the impact of geopolitical economics and mobilities on local alignments of space. In particular he is exploring the role that photographic practices can play in mapping global processes. John is also working on a long-standing visual and theoretical project about post-socialist urban spaces.

Publications include a chapter in a forthcoming book entitled The Politics of Space and Place: Exclusions, Resistance and Alternatives, published by Cambridge Scholars. He is also developing an international conference on issues related to photography, walking and urban space, in partnership with Goldsmiths, London

John has a background in art, anthropology and installation practice and is currently a postgraduate student with the Centre for Urban and Community Research, Goldsmiths, London.