Emotions and identities
Feelings, perceptions and affect increasingly engage our researchers. Our interests focus on the taken-for-granted and everyday negotiation of identity, the role of ethics in cultural practice, the embodied experience of the world and the role of sensual encounters beyond vision, as well as the relations of these themes to more than representation, austerity and political and cultural economy.
Who we are
Alison Browne (Group: SERG)
I am interested in issues of embodiment, affect, gender, and identity as they relate to the dynamics of everyday practices, and the political implications of such for sustainable consumption and sustainability policy more broadly. I am currently exploring this in relation to methodologies of everyday geographies (Browne, in press, AREA), embodiment and soil carbon (with Beth Brockett), and sustainable water consumption in the Global South (with a focus on China).
Jonathan Darling (Groups: CPERG, CSRG)
Jonathan’s research focuses on the politics and ethics of forced migration. He has published work on urban sanctuary movements, asylum activism, and the ethical challenges of working alongside asylum seekers and refugees. He has explored how ethics are practiced through emotional and material interactions, examining the affective atmospheres of bureaucratic materials in the asylum process and the mobilisation of affective citizenship by cities proposing to be welcoming to forced migrants.
Sarah Marie Hall (Groups: SCRG, CPERG)
Sarah's research draws on ideas around emotion and identities in multiple ways; including emotion and affect as a result of personal and socio-economic crisis; gender, class and inter-generationality as embodied and emotional identities; and the emotional geographies of fieldwork and field encounters as a means of care-giving and social proximity.
Filippo Menga (Groups: CPERG, SERG)
Filippo’s research sits at the intersection of international relations, political geography and nationalism studies, focusing on the role that identity and discursive constructions play in the management of transboundary water resources. He is currently studying the multi-scalar politics of large dams, to explore how the interrelation between domestic politics and international relations can further our understanding of water politics.
Lucas Oesch (Groups: CPERG, SERG)
Lucas' work is centred on forced migration in urban contexts, with a focus on the Middle East. His research and publications deal with forced migrants' subjectivities in the urban space and questions of citizenship.
Chris Perkins (Group: SCRG)
Chris’s research interests include explorations of the affordances emerging from mapping assemblages. This focuses on the sensual and emotional cartographies called into play by mobile technologies and is documented in research around temporalities and playful mapping encounters in different fields, including island studies.
Saskia Warren (Groups: SCRG, CPERG)
Saskia's research has developed knowledge on emotional and embodied philanthropy to understand its more-than-monetary dimensions. This work forms part of a wider area of interest in those who gift time, passion and labour because of contributions to communities and place-making i.e volunteers and volunteering.
Helen Wilson (Group: SCRG, CPERG)
Helen's work draws on theories of affect and emotion to think through questions of encounter, the geographies of difference and contestations over identity and belonging. She has published on the affective and emotive dimensions of conflict management and anti-violence initiatives, and has an interest in the relationship between the politics of emotion and the construction of otherness.