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 Daisy Curtis

Daisy Curtis

PhD Research Student

 Amory c360


Amory Building, University of Exeter, Rennes Drive, Exeter, EX4 4RJ , UK


Daisy's PhD research focuses upon how people imagine, narrate, and practice 5G (the next generation of wireless network). Her PhD research critically explores major themes bound up with 5G's emergence via a focus upon the official practices of its development and the processes of contestation. The research engages with proponents and opponents of 5G to analyse the social life of an emerging technology. Daisy's PhD is funded by the ESRC, and is supervised by Dr Pepe Romanillos and Dr Sean Carter.

During her PhD Daisy undertook a six month placement with 5G RuralDorset hosted by Telint Ltd and funded by the SWDTP. This involved researching and writing a report about collaboration across 5G research and development programmes. Daisy also supported 5G RuralDorset’s research areas; assisted the UKTDTF (United Kingdom Telecoms Data Taskforce); and provided expert advice to DCMS, UK5G, and the Minister for Digital Infrastructure 

Daisy also has research interests surrounding embodied experiences which she examined within her MRes in Critical Human Geographies by exploring how people with synaesthesia make sense of and narrate their experiences.

Broad research specialisms

I am interested in diverse areas of Geographical research, and I have broad research specialisms in:

  • Digital turn/digital geographies
  • Knowledge politics and conspiracy theories
  • Cultural geography
  • Geopolitics
  • Infrastructure and the electromagnetic spectrum / radio spectrum
  • Discourse analysis and visual analysis.


Curtis, D (2023) The radio spectrum: an imperceptible infrastructure?, in Osborne, T and Jones, P (eds), A Research Agenda for Digital Geographies, Edward Elgar Press: 53-69

Curtis, D (2022) Digital Skills and University Students: How Research and Development Programmes can help address the UK's Digital Skills Shortage, 5G RuralDorset

Curtis, D (2021) Collaboration: Access The Full Potential of Collaboration in R&D Programmes, report, 5G RuralDorset.

External Roles

Daisy is the Social Media Coordinator for the RGS Digital Geographies Research Group where she manages the research group's twitter account (@digital_RGS), and helps to organise a range of research group activities and events.

Daisy is the Secretary for the UK Telecoms Data Taskforce



BA Geography - First Class (Hons) - University of Exeter
MRes in Critical Human Geographies - Distinction - University of Exeter


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