Research

My research interests are in cultures of nature, environment-society relations and philosophical questions concerning the nonhuman.

Current research projects

Plant politics in Pakistan: funded by the RGS/IBG, this collaborative project explores the socio-ecological politics of plants as lively commodities in urban Pakistan. We are interested in how plants circulate in gated communities, private households and municipalities, and the implications for social justice and environmental sustainability in one of the world’s most rapidly-urbanising nations.

Anthroposcenes/Chthulucenic landscapes: a series of essay-based works on the entanglements of nature and culture in the Anthropocene, including cinematic apocalypse, and forthcoming work on the Firth of Forth near Edinburgh on pandas, gannets, plant explorers and sheds. This builds on a series of workshops and ongoing collaborations with the Edinburgh Environmental Humanities Network, and our interest in how deep temporal horizons reconfigure understandings of and responses to environmental loss.

Past research projects

Urban Green Commons: Based on collaborative fieldwork in Lisbon, Portugal, funded by the Carnegie Trust (2012-14), this project explored the legacies of post-colonialism and the impact of urban austerity on public gardening cultures, and compared top-down state-sanctioned improvement projects with bottom-up claims to urban space for subsistence.

Ancestral Time: A major AHRC-funded interdisciplinary project (2013-16), investigating the ethical horizons of Scottish religious organisations and spiritual activists. The project was especially interested in the temporalities of non-secular approaches to climate change and environmental loss.

Domestic Wild: Emerging from my PhD research (2006-10) into the everyday philosophies and practices of domestic gardening in greater London, I have a series of publications on questions of death, memory and inheritance as well as encountering and killing critters in the humble domestic garden. These culminated in a recent monograph.

 

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