I am Lecturer in GeoHumanities in the department of Geography at Royal Holloway University of London. Together with the directors of the Center for GeoHumanities - Professor Harriet Hawkins and Professor Phil Crang - I am working to develop the discourse and practice of the GeoHumanities. More specifically, I am extending my past research in creative modes of sensing and describing atmospheric space into a few new lines of inquiry on sounding, electromagnetism, transmission and amateur radio.
I recently completed a DPhil degree from the department of Geography and the Environment at Oxford University, writing on contemporary artistic experiments with the poetics and politics of air. I have worked with artists and practitioners exploring air quality, breathing bodies, clouds, balloons, kites and other flying things. During my doctoral studies I undertook fieldwork at the studio of Tomás Saraceno in Berlin, where I participated in Tomás Saraceno's residency with the French space agency (Centre National des Études Spatiales - CNES) and collaborated on the long-term projects Becoming Aerosolar and the Aerocene. Together with Tomás Saraceno, Jol Thomson, Ivana Franke, Alan Prohm and Natalija Miodragovic, I also designed and delivered a new curriculum on radically multidisciplinary arts practice and creative geographical methods at the Technical University of Braunschweig, Germany.
My broader interests include spatial poetics, aërography, multispecies ethnography, activist philosophy and radical empiricism, and putting theory into practice. My writing has recently appeared in a variety of journals and book publications, including Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, Dialogues in Human Geography, Cultural Geographies, The Environmental Scientist, Art in the Anthropocene: Encounters Among Aesthetics, Politics, Environments and Epistemologies (ed. Heather Davis and Etienne Turpin), and Tomás Saraceno: Becoming Aerosolar. I have conceived and edited the first Aerocene Reader.
I hold an MPhil in Nature, Society and Environmental Policy from the University of Oxford, and degrees in Earth Systems Science and English and French Literatures from Stanford University. In the past I worked at the nonprofit art-science commissioning organisation Invisible Dust in London, and at the Natural Resources Defense Council in San Francisco.
I am based in London and Berlin. I like lavender, bitter chocolate, sazeracs, and the color green.
Please find my Curriculum Vitae below.