I joined the University of Nottingham in 2018 as Professor of Science, Technology and Society and Director of the Institute for Science and Society following appointments at the University of Leicester, Cardiff University and the Free University of Berlin where I also earned my PhD. I am a Leverhulme Research Fellow and I have been an Alexander-von-Humboldt Fellow and have held resident research appointments in the Office for History of Science and Technology, University of California, Berkeley and the Centre for Cultural Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz.
I am leading EcoSocieties, one of the University of Nottingham's Interdisciplinary Research Clusters, and I am on the board of the Green Chemicals Beacon of Excellence. I am also involved in the EPSRC CDT in Sustainable Chemistry Atoms-2-Products: An Integrated Approach and in the BBSRC/EPSRC Synthetic Biology Research Centre. I am a former co-editor of the journal Subjectivity and I am currently an editorial board member of the Sociological Review.
My current research looks at science, technology and social transformation. I have been awarded a Leverhulme grant to study the emergence of green and alternative chemical innovation and I am currently working on two books: a monograph on Chemicals, EcoPolitics and Reparative Justice and a co-edited volume on Ecological Reparation. Repair, Remediation and Resurgence in Social and Environmental Conflict (Bristol University Press, 2022). I am also involved in the production of the YouTube channel Ecological Reparation which discusses work engaged in remediating and repairing as well as claiming reparations for damaged more than human ecologies.
I have recently completed two books: a co-edited volume on Reactivating Elements: Chemistry, Ecology, Practice (Duke University Press, 2021) which examines new social and cultural research on chemical and elemental thinking and a monograph on Experimental Practice. Technoscience, Alterontologies and More-Than-Social Movements (Duke University Press, 2018) which investigates the distributed invention power of community technoscience, political movements and social innovation projects.
In my research I use a variety of methods and approaches such as conceptual storytelling, engaged fieldwork, visual analysis, ethnographic interviewing, and social science fiction. I am a research photographer and I work with scientific, vernacular, documentary, and professional images.
This research draws upon my previous work on social transformation and social justice where I have published a book on Escape Routes. Control and Subversion in the Twenty-First Century (Pluto, 2008) and numerous papers on power and control, on precarious labour and the transformation of work as well as on transnational mobility, the mobile commons and the autonomy of migration.
I have a long-standing interest in the sociology of social scientific knowledge and I have published three books on how human experience relates to socio-material processes: a monograph on Analysing Everyday Experience. Social Research and Political Change (Palgrave, 2006); a monograph on LS Vygotsky (Lehmans, 2010); and the co-edited collection Culture in Psychology (Asanger, 2002) which examines socio-cultural approaches to human development and subjectivity.
RECENT RESEARCH AWARDS
- 2021, Ecological Reparation, UKRI Covid 19 Funding, PI, £38,179
- 2021-2022, Arid ethno-forestry food systems: a wellbeing alternative for communities living in drylands of the world. GCRF-AHRC, Co-I, £199,985
- 2020-2021, Synthetic Biology Research Centre: Sustainable Routes to Platform Chemicals. BBSRC, Co-I, £2,380,595
- 2019-2028, Atoms-to-Products: An Integrated Approach to Sustainable Chemistry. EPSRC CDT, Co-I, £6,235,044
- 2019, Responsible Research & Innovation Training Design, EPSRC, PI, £31,063
- 2018-2021, Benign by Design: The Emergence of Ecologically Sustainable Chemical Innovation. Leverhulme Research Fellowship, PI, £62,051
- 2018-2021, Mending the New: A Framework for Reconciliation Through Testimonial Digital Textiles in the Transition to Post-Conflict Rural Colombia. UKRI Newton-Colciencias ODA, PI, £524,733
RECENT PGR AND POSTDOC AWARDS
- 2020-2023, Leverhulme ECF, Dr Andrea Ghelfi: Politics of Matter: Food Sovereignty and Agroecological Farming Between Science and Society, £127,790
- 2019-2023, Ensuring the Social Legitimacy of Animal Research: Comparing Public and Policy Expectations. ESRC DTP Collaborative Studentship, Co-I, £79,148
RECENT ORGANIZATION OF ACADEMIC EVENTS