Natalie has a background in the study of literature, culture, writing and the media, with a research focus on questions of space, identity, and communication. She was awarded her PhD in 2012. The practice-led research examined the relationship between cities, subjectivity, and narrative in speculative fiction. Her current research includes a study of gothic images of the future of cities in science fiction and other forms of media and culture. She is also interested in the impact of digital technologies on contemporary culture, the public sphere, and the interaction between physical and virtual forms of space and identity.