After seven years studying at the Department of Geography of the University of Bristol (first as an undergraduate then as a postgraduate), I worked for two years as a research associate at the University of Sheffield before moving to the OU in 1999. I am currently the Qualification Director for the OU's Environmental Studies degree.
My research consists of an attempt (or rather a series of attempts) to explore the ‘challenging geographies’ that emerge once the social is not assumed to be a solely human construction.
This longstanding interest in taking seriously the socialites and spatialities of nonhumans has involved me in thinking through a series of empirical cases, always with an eye on the practices of coexistence through which the world is composed.
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All my work is informed by an ongoing effort to triangulate productively between certain threads of philosophical, science and technology studies (STS), and geographical literatures, in particular the thought of Annemarie Mol, John Law, Bruno Latour, Isabelle Stengers, Michel Serres, Doreen Massey, and Jean Luc Nancy.
I have played a key role in the production of a number of courses during my time at the OU including the interdisciplinary environment module U216, the innovative Geography module DD205 (Living in a Globalised World), and the influential Master's module D834 (Human Geography, Philosophy and Social Theory). Most recently I co-chaired the production and am chairing the presentation of DST206 Environment: Sharing a dynamic planet that sits at the heart of the OU's Environmental Studies qualification Q99. I am currently working with colleagues in Geography and Development towards a new module on Environment and Society (DD213).
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