Some information about me
My primary research interest is in how concepts of time are used in social methods of inclusion and exclusion. I am fascinated by the way linear conceptions of time appear to promise a single reality or universal commensurability. I explore the impact of this promise in a variety of different contexts and argue that it is problematically taken up as an implicit guide within community responses to diversity and social action. My approach is interdisciplinary and draws on work in continental philosophy, feminist philosophy, anthropology and sociology.
I am working on a variety of academic projects at the moment that support my general interest in time and community. Building on my PhD work, I am completing a monograph that explores the interconnections between feminism, time and community.
Another key project extends this work to explore how time and community are being transformed in the Anthropocene. This project involves a number of case studies. One of these examines the concepts of time at work within the Transition movement and as part of this I have cofounded the Transition Research Network (www.transitionresearchnetwork.org) which seeks to support mutually beneficial links between transitioners and academics.
Another case study is based on collaborative work with members of the Extinction Studies working group (www.extinctionstudies.org) and draws on work on multi-species communities and the relational nature of space and time to propose new modes of time-keeping in an age of climate change and mass extinctions.
I am currently P.I. on two AHRC-funded Connected Communities projects.
Memories of Mr Seel's Garden (www.mrseelsgarden.org) explores the history of local food in Liverpool, while the Temporal Belongings Research Network (www.temporalbelongings.org) is supporting the development of a HEI and non-HEI research community around the issue of time and community.
I am also Co-I on a further AHRC Connected Communities project: The time of the clock and the time of encounter, where I am analysing creative and political interventions into clock time (www.timeofencounter.org).
Enquiries about my work or related issues are very welcome. You can also follow me on twitter.
Refereed Journal Papers
Infrastructures of Social Change
This is a project funded by the AHRC entitled: Memories of 'Mr Seel's Garden': Engaging with historic and future food systems in Liverpool. On the outer edges of Liverpool ONE, a 42 acre...
This project investigates the difference between the time of the clock and the lived time of experience. We live in a world dominated by the time of the clock, yet many aspects of life have a...
The UK Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) is leading the development of a new cross-Research Council research programme on Connected Communities in partnership with the EPSRC,...
This project utilises an interdisciplinary approach to explore changing concepts of community in the context of anthropogenic climate change, resource depletion and mass...
Researching Transition: Bringing together academics and activists interested in researching the Transition MovementMon, Nov 28th 2011
A networking meeting for researchers and practitioners interested in researching the Transition Movement
Fri, Oct 21st 2011
Drawing on the Centre’s general scepticism over epochal accounts of social change, linear accounts of causality and the passivity of methods, this one day workshop seeks to bring together CRESC researchers to explore the kinds of understandings of temporality we are utilising in our study of changing worlds.
Mon, Jun 20th 2011 - Tue, Jun 21st 2011
A two day interdisciplinary residential workshop exploring the interconnections between time and community.
Tue, May 31st 2011
A networking meeting for those conducting research reviews and scoping studies as part of the Connected Communities research programme.
Wed, Feb 29th 2012
An open meeting of the Transition Research Network, bringing together academics and activists interested in community-led responses to climate change and resource depletion.
Wed, May 23rd 2012
This workshop aims to critically explore the many ways in which ideologies and practices of hope, utopianism and futurity shape communities and their interconnections.
Wed, Oct 17th 2012
The purpose of this workshop is to reflect critically on the temporal assumptions implicit in dominant methods of working with communities and to explore alternatives. Part of the Temporal Belongings research network.
Thu, Jan 17th 2013 - Fri, Jan 18th 2013
Despite time often appearing as an inert background to social life, there has been a wide array of work across a range of disciplines that argues that varying understandings and embodied experiences of time are intimately intertwined with power and agency. Recognising that particular kinds of time uphold, and seek to enforce, particular kinds of social formations and power relations, a range of what might be called ‘critical temporalities’ have been proposed, both from within and outside of the academy. The aim of this workshop then is to draw together these multi-disciplinary attempts to challenge and rethink time in order to provide participants with the opportunity to explore potential overlaps, dissonances and opportunities for cross-disciplinary conversation.