My name is Lauren Pikó, and I am a researcher, writer, and teacher based in Melbourne, Australia.
My research explores the cultural history of ideal landscapes, particularly how contentious twentieth-century urban spaces reflect broader orientations towards time, heritage, and imaginings of the future. I am the author of the book Milton Keynes in British Culture: Imagining England (Routledge, 2019) which was based on my PhD (2018, Melb) on the meanings and reception of Milton Keynes, the (unfairly) maligned British new town.
Since then I have researched and published on urban and heritage studies, British and Australian media and cultural history, and on archival accessibility and academic historical research. I was a 2019 Early Career Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Melbourne, and have taught and researched at universities around Australia on urban and heritage studies, British and Australian history, qualitative and interdisciplinary research methods, cultural studies and philosophies of knowledge organisation.
My current projects explore how spatial and temporal norms shape contemporary knowledge production, including material practices of researching and teaching through and with disability.
I also convene doctoral workshops in academic skills and research methods, and provide editing and publishing support to academic writers.