Meet the Researchers

Gemma Sou

Gemma Sou


Research Area: Urban Development in the Global South

What is like being a researcher?

It’s fantastic. Being a PhD researcher is allowing me to investigate what I’m genuinely interested in, whilst being in a lively environment with other researchers who are equally passionate about their topics.

What inspired you to become a researcher?

I never thought ‘I want to be a researcher’, I just recognised that there was a topic that I was genuinely interested in and so having the opportunity to study this further through a PhD seemed like the natural next step.

What is the best thing about being a researcher/your job?

For me, it’s the opportunity to specialise on my given topic and to have the opportunity to go out, collect my own data and be able to find out first hand whether the theories that you spend so long reading about actually makes sense in the ‘real world’.

What do you do in your free time?

I’m a big lover of long distance hiking and I really enjoy restoring old furniture. When I’m not able to do either of these I enjoy dinner parties with friends or a game of squash. However, I’m a big lover of modern literature and so am quite happy with a    good book and a brew.

What is the first ‘science’ you remember doing?          

I remember making a torch in primary school. It was basically a toilet roll wrapped in aluminum foil with an L.E.D. light that we had to connect to a battery.

What discovery or invention could you not live without?

Without a doubt I could not live without my music.