Emma Cummins is a London-based writer, reviewer and editor. She completed a Masters degree in the Department of Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths in 2011, where her research focused on the impact of the global financial crisis on the urban landscape. Emma is particularly interested in the phenomenon of contemporary ‘ghost towns’ and ‘ghost estates’. In 2011, the Centre for Research Architecture at Goldsmiths published an abridged version of her dissertation ‘Pathological Geographies: The Materiality of the Global Financial Crisis’ which puts forward an alternative reading of these spaces. Emma subsequently presented this research at conferences including Just Space (UCL, 2011) and The Future State of Ireland (Goldsmiths 2012), and numerous panels discussions at venues such as The Royal Standard, Liverpool and THECUBE, London.
Over the years Emma has contributed many articles and reviews to publications such as Aesthetica magazine, Flash Art International, a-n and Circa arts journal. She assisted the British Council at Steve McQueen’s exhibition Giardini at the 2009 Venice Biennale, and has organised exhibitions and symposia at places including the Centre for Creative Collaboration in London.
In 2011, Emma joined the academic journal City (Routledge) as Coordinating Editor, where she developed a two-part special feature on urban regeneration in London – ‘NEOutopia: Architecture and the Politics of ‘the New”. She is currently coordinating a feature for the journal on ‘post-conflict’ Belfast with Dr Adele Lee (University of Greenwich) and recently joined the Guardian as an events facilitator for their Masterclasses learning programme.