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Sophie Rowson

Research project

The Materiality of Health & Safety: The origins and symbolism of high-visibility work clothing 


Dr Colleen Morgan (Primary), Ed Bartholomew (National Railway Museum) 



White Rose College of the Arts & Humanities (WRoCAH) 


Summary of research project:

This project will draw on my training as a cultural geographer to combine interdisciplinary social theory with creative participatory qualitative methods to investigate the origins, development, and contemporary use of high-visibility work clothing (hi-vis). 


Academic Background: 


Msc in Human Geography: Society and Space from the University of Bristol (2019-2020)

BA in Human Geography from the University of Sheffield (2014-2017)

Publications and Awards

2019-20 Outstanding Academic Performance Prize for the MSc in Human Geography: Society and Space.

Contact details

Sophie Rowson
Department of Archaeology
University of York
Kings Manor (G65)