Research interests

I am an urban cultural geographer and economic sociologist broadly interested in the intersections between mobility, embodiment, environmental sustainability and technology. These interests are underpinned by a political-economic focus on the production and maintenance of power and inequality and the application of post-structuralist theories including Social Practice Theory, Science and Technology Studies, Non Representational Theory and Actor Network Theory. My research progresses this agenda through four intersecting themes:

(i) The governance of mobility
This theme seeks to understand the marginalization of particular styles of mobile practice; particularly the role of space, legal frameworks, design tools, planning regulations and embodied movement in disciplining mobile subjects and governing processes of inclusion and exclusion in urban spaces.
(ii) Affect/ emotions/ sensory geographies
My interests here lie in how sensory and affective capacities (such as anxiety, fear, comfort) are produced; how they are (re)shaped through the life-course, and by gender, ethnicity and geography; how they escalate, and how they relate to energy using practices, particularly with regard to mobile and domestic practices and housing design.
(iii) Visual culture, design and technology
The theme explores the role of design and technology – particularly visual and mobile technologies – in shaping experience and producing subjectivities and identities; the role of designers and consumer facing business functions in constructing, mediating and translating product qualities; and the processes through which consumers translate between social and economic registers.
(iv) Mobile methods
I have a critical interest in the extent to which the study of mobility requires new and adapted methods. In particular the use of video and visual methods, the use of GPS, qualitative GIS and new sensor technology to both evoke and represent non-representable aspects of mobile practice.