Welcome to Making Routes

Making Routes is a network and online resource for researchers and practitioners who are on the move: using journeys in creative or challenging ways; forging new paths through troubled places; or travelling experimentally with art and ideas.

The network has been convened by Laura Bissell (Royal Conservatoire of Scotland) and David Overend (University of Edinburgh) since 2011. It includes members from around the world, with diverse interests and practices.

This website is a place to share your projects, read our blogs and publications, and connect with others working in this dynamic field.

Badgers, Burns and Barriers


A walk with Elaine Rainey (Scottish Badgers), Glen Cousquer (University of Edinburgh) and others at Boghall Burn by the University’s Easter Bush Campus, by the Pentlands. We are working towards a paper on ‘Embracing the 30x30 biodiversity challenge on veterinary campuses’.


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Walking the Feminist City

 12133968470?profile=RESIZE_584x Figure 1: Publicity image for Merchant City Heritage Walk (Glasgow Women’s Library): façade of Glasgow Maternity Hospital at Rottenrow

It is a hot Saturday afternoon in early June when my mother-in-law, daughter and I make our way to the site of the former Royal Maternity Hospital in Rottenrow for a Women of the Merchant City Heritage Walk run…

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Hope Street Walk

A walk for Hope Street in Glasgow. Available as an audio walk here. Full text below.

1. Please use your own mobile device with headphones to experience this walk.
2. The audio track is available on Soundcloud. The app can be downloaded in advance and the track is available at the link above.
3. The starting point is on the steps…

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George Finlay-Ramsay's CASTOROCENE

Emerging (partly) from our workshop on 'landscaping with beavers' at his home at Bamff, George Finlay-Ramsay has shared his 'film pome', CASTOROCENE. Recently published in Rupert Journal:

“The world went out like a candle” – a husky voice and yellow subtitles open up George Finlay-Ramsay’s film poem CASTOROCENE. Although “the world went out like a cockerel”, the name suggests…

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