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Academic writing

My academic CV is nothing if not eclectic, thanks in part to an insatiable curiosity about the entire world, and in part to a career that has been severely disrupted by major illness and four rounds of surgery. Finally, after fifteen years of pain, the problem has been solved. For the first time in my adult life, I am fully free to pursue a full-time career. 


I trained in English, and received a doctorate in cultural history from UCL. I also hold a degree in biology from the Open University, and currently work as a political ecologist in a social sciences department. As you might expect, my work is strongly interdisciplinary. I now work on the entanglement of the natural and human worlds, exploring:

  • the construction of natural entities as commodities.

  • the translation of more-than-human worlds into transactional credit systems, in particular the workings of Biodiversity Net Gain within the British planning system. I am particularly interested in the implications of this new policy for communities who are opposed to development.

  • the interactions between the movements of global capital and local ecologies, across scales, and their implications for social justice.

In terms of theoretical approach, I am interested in:

  • Disavowal, meaning the multiple ways in which we protect certain kinds of belief or knowledge that we know to be problematic from investigation

  • Cynicism, both in the ancient sense of a truth-telling discourse that challenges forms of disavowal, and the modern sense of a world-weary attitude that disables radical challenges to the status quo.

I am committed to a decolonial writing practice that is sensitive to questions of gender, class, race, sexuality. As someone who has recently recovered from major surgery, I am strongly interested in questions of embodiment and physical ability. 


I am also book reviews editor for the journal Gender, Place, and Culture.

Recent papers

Work for practitioners and the public

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