I am a cultural and political geographer whose work brings together research on energy, waste, chemical matter, infrastructural politics, and air pollution to conceptualise the political significance of different kinds of circulations in the organisation of everyday life. I am particularly interested in the opportunities and challenges that circulating gaseous materials present for governance. More information on these research themes can be found below.
I joined Northumbria University’s Department of Geography and Environmental Science as a Lecturer in Human Geography in May 2020. Before that, I worked as a Senior Research Associate for Prof. Elizabeth Shove and Dr. Stan Blue in the Sociology Department at Lancaster University (2019-2020), and as a Research Associate for Prof. Nicky Gregson in Durham’s Geography Department (2019). Between 2017 and 2018, I held a position as a Teaching and Research Fellow in the Department for Political Science at Tuebingen University (Germany). I completed my PhD in Human Geography at Durham University in 2017.
Security & Circulation
The contemporary world is characterised by, and is dependent upon, the circulation of a wide variety of different kinds of ‘stuff’ (bodies, materials, ‘things’). My research explores how different kinds of global/local flows variously relate to questions of security, risk and resilience, and investigates how their materialities and mobilities affect their governance. I am particularly concerned with the processes and technologies through which these systems and their capacities to change become rendered known, politicisable and governable.
Whether relating to energy security and the role of (fracked) natural gas, the health impacts of airborne pollutants, or the consequences of carbon emissions for global climate, gases are behind some of the most urgent political challenges facing the planet today. Successfully governing their circulation has therefore become an imperative for the politics of the 21st century, requiring interventions at a variety of scales, from the domestic to the urban, the regional and the planetary. My research consequently speaks to this imperative by tracing the challenges and opportunities that different kinds of gases present for their governance.
Matter, Materialities, and Life in the Anthropocene
My research also seeks to find alternative ways of living with nonhumans in the Anthropocene. Key to this is thinking about the ethics of more-than-human relations and exploring the tensions between those approaches that assume human responsibility for managing the material world and those that insist upon respecting its rights to autonomy.