My research interests include: radical and marginalised histories; public and prison libraries; creative writing and writer development, information access and inclusion; community engagement; spatial justice; city farms; counter-mapping; psychogeography; participatory research; and autoethnography. I studied Creative Writing at Bachelors level (recipient of the Dean’s Prize for Outstanding Contribution to the UEL Community) and Library Science with Distinction at Masters level (recipient of the Catherine Hamilton Prize for Outstanding LIS Dissertation).

Below are my publications, then conferences and guest lectures, and finally my Masters-level work.


Masserano, E., Dodd, S., Maddison, S. & McWatt, T. (2021) ‘Stories of COVID-19: Social Pasts & Futures in the CityLife Project,’ The Sociological Observer, 3(1). Available at: (Issue 3)

McWatt, T., Dodd, S. and Maddison, S. (eds.) (2015) EastLife: An Anthology of Life Writing. London: University of East London (PDF).

Conferences & Guest Lectures

‘Stories Not Statistics: An Autoethnographical & Narrative Exploration of the Value of Public Libraries’ (abstract) at ASIS&T Untold Stories in Information Science #IST22 conference. Speaker, June 2022. (Download presentation)

‘Stories, Communities, and Public Libraries’ to OLIve, University of East London. Guest Lecturer, April 2022. (Download presentation)

Reimagining Voices and Identities in Uncertain Times: Social Transformation, Fragmentation and Post-Pandemic Futures conference, Sociological Association of Ireland. Co-contributor, March 2022. As part of CityLife.

Futures of Creative Writing conference, ‘Community Voices’ roundtable, University of East Anglia. Speaker and co-contributor, May 2021. As part of CityLife.

Final Dissertation Project