Embodied virtual geographies: linkages between bodies, spaces, and digital environments

Tess Osborne, Phil Jones

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Within an ongoing debate about the relationships between the body and technological experiences within virtual reality (VR), there has hitherto been limited consideration of the spatial. Geographers, meanwhile, have only just begun to engage with VR and its spatialities but have paid less attention to its embodiment. The technology allows users to go beyond merely imagining themselves in a different world, creating a real sense of presence in the digital realm. Immersion and presence in VR are, however, a mix of space, embodiment and the digital. As such, any discussion of VR requires critical consideration of both embodiment and space. This paper therefore explores some of the linkages between bodies, spaces and VR to demonstrate how engagement with VR can enrich geographical scholarship.
Original languageEnglish
Article numbere12648
Number of pages10
JournalGeography Compass
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 8 Jun 2022


  • avatars
  • digital geography
  • dislocation
  • embodiment
  • space
  • virtual reality (VR)


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