Key Research Interests and Expertise

My research is primarily concerned with the role of technologies, architecture and infrastructure in mediating human-environment relations in cities. This work is widely informed by recent moves in cultural geography that draw on post/phenomenology, theories of affect and the ‘non-’ or ‘more-than-representational’ and science and technology studies (STS). I am particularly invested in a range of emerging (and maturing) sub-disciplinary research fields that include the geographies of architecture, verticality and high-rise urbanism, infrastructure, urban night and home and belonging. My research is predominantly ethnographic, drawing on a range of mobile and visual methods while experimenting with collaborative approaches to generating knowledge through close cooperation with visual artists and art institutions.

I was appointed Lecturer in Human Geography at University of East Anglia in 2020, having been awarded a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship (2018-2020), in which I explore how the surge in residential high-rise development in east London impact on residents’ sense of home and belonging at night. This work extends previous research I conducted at Queen Mary University of London (2016-2018) as Post-Doctoral Research Assistant on the ‘Home-City-Street’-project, which explored the lived experience of domestic dwelling in relation to the wider neighbourhood and city through a number of artist-led workshops and the production of a number of ‘home-city biographies’. I completed my Ph.D. at Queen University of London and Roskilde University (Denmark) in 2016, in which I explored how older residents living in the east London Borough of Newham experience changes in street lighting, in the public realm and in their domestic settings.

Keywords:

  • Geographies of architecture
  • Embodiment and everyday life
  • Urban design
  • Infrastructure
  • Urban nights
  • Urban lighting
  • Public space
  • Home and domesticity

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