Sophie-May Kerr


Institution/Organisation: University of New South Wales
Position: Research Associate


Authored/ Co-authored Research

Title: Parenting and neighbouring in the consolidating city: The emotional geographies of sound in apartments

Published: Emotion Space and Society

This paper has been peer reviewed

Funders: Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarship and the University of Wollongong Global Challenges Program Scholarship

Author/Co-authors: Sophie-May Kerr, Chris Gibson, Natascha Klocker

Keywords: Children, Design, Disputes/conflict, Liveability, Qualitative research/interviews,

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Rapid urban population growth has prompted a shift towards higher-density dwellings. Yet little is known about the everyday emotional experiences of apartment residents. This paper draws on insights gathered from families, with children, living in apartments in Sydney, Australia. These families’ experiences of high-density living reveal how the materiality of sound and built form interact with cultural norms to shape how apartment spaces are understood and inhabited.