This site documents a selection of my research, writings and practice-based projects. I am currently Reader in the Department of Sociology at Goldsmiths, University of London. I am also Principal Investigator on the European Research Council (ERC) project, “Citizen Sensing and Environmental Practice,” which investigates the use of environmental sensors for new modes of citizen involvement in environmental issues.
Prior to joining the Department of Sociology, I was Senior Lecturer and Convenor of the MA in Design and Environment in the Department of Design at Goldsmiths, University of London. I completed a PhD in Communication Studies at McGill University in Montreal, during which time I was engaged as a research fellow on the Culture of Cities and Digital Cities / Mobile Digital Commons projects. This work drew on my interest in the intersections of environments and communication technologies, which I had developed through working in the field of landscape architecture and urban design (the area of my Masters training) in Minneapolis (at Coen + Partners) and Los Angeles (at Rios Clementi Hale Studios).
My research investigates environments, material processes and communication technologies through theoretical and practice-based work. Projects within this area include a recently published book, Digital Rubbish: A Natural History of Electronics (University of Michigan Press, 2011), which examines the materialities of electronic waste; and a written study currently underway on citizen sensing and environmental practice, titled Program Earth: Environmental Sensing Technology and the Making of a Computational Planet (University of Minnesota Press, forthcoming).