Who are we?

The polluted leisure concept and project is being developed, created, and curated by


Clifton Evers is a lecturer in media and cultural studies at Newcastle University, He completed his PhD at the University of Sydney. he research sport, lesiure, masculinity, and pollution. His work includes employing wearable technologies as a research method to conduct ‘wet ethnography’ e.g. in the sea. Clifton also uses experimental creative methods to conduct and share research. Clifton’s research has been published in journals such as Leisure Sciences, Journal of Sport & Social Issues, Sport in Society, Social & Cultural Geography, and Cultural Studies Review. I am on the editorial teams for International Journal of Cultural Studies and the Journal of Sport & Social Issues. From 2008 to 2011 Clifton was editor of Kurungabaa: A journal of literature, history and ideas from the sea and from 2010 to 2015 editor of Altitude: An e-journal of emerging humanities work. He is currently on the editorial boards of the Journal of Sport & Social Issues and the International Journal of Cultural Studies. Clifton has conducted research for government departments, elite sporting organisations, media outlets, and private industry. My research interests include gender (particularly masculinity), leisure, action / lifestyle sports, pollution, and the sea/ocean. I primarily employ ethnography to conduct research, and experiment with creative outputs and methods e.g. ethnographic fiction, soundscapes, film. He is a member of the The Shadow Places Network: a collaboration to re-imagine and co-produce connections for justice in an era of climate change. Clifton champions making research accessible to, done with, and made useful for the wider public through civic engagement.


James Davoll is a multi-disciplined artist working across creative digital media, video installation, film, photography and sound. Based in Culture Lab, Newcastle University, UK. His practice explores specific landscapes asking questions of their contemporary role, relevance and our emotive response to them. He seeks to investigate our complex and contradictory relationship with the natural world. With his main background in lens based media he has found himself more and more bewitched by the art of sound and performance. Sound can be the most direct way of engaging with a subject and makes for an enlightening and evocative medium to explore the outside world. Sound can affect our emotions immediately without thought or explanation. As an artist James is interested in the intersection of the visual and sonic landscape.


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