I am a cultural geographer based at the University of Tokyo. Before moving to Japan, I taught media communications, photography and academic practice at University of the Arts London. I gained a PhD in Cultural Geography from Royal Holloway, University of London in 2014. Prior to this I completed an MA in Cultural Studies at Goldsmiths College and a PGCE in Post-Compulsory Education at the Institute of Education. I have previously lectured in media and cultural studies at the University of Northampton, media and film studies at Brooklands College, Surrey, and worked as a Teaching Associate in human geography at Royal Holloway.
I was co-organiser, speaker and contributing artist at Uncanny Landscapes (March 2013), a week-long series of workshops, symposiums, a conference and exhibition. I have presented my research at conferences in the UK, Japan and China and have discussed my work into haunting and place on local and online radio. I am involved in an ongoing collaborative project with London-based artist Clare Parfree, which aims to survey the folkloric landscapes of wyrd England.
My work is concerned with the following themes:
- conceptions of place and space
- phenomenology of absence
- affect and affective geographies
- mapping, deep-mapping and alternative cartographies
- materiality/immateriality and experience
- hauntology, spectrality and the Fortean nature(s)
- creative and literary geographies (esp. the works of M.R. James, Lafcadio Hearn, George Ewart Evans and W.H.Hudson)
- folklore and oral history
- gothic Marxism and phantasmagoria
- spaces of memory and trauma
- biography of place
- auto-ethnography, narrative research and creative methodologies