The world we live in is made up of the entanglement of social and material stuff. Separate one from the other and much of what our daily life is made up of comes apart at the seams.
I pursue my interest in the social and the material through an engagement with actor-network theory (ANT) and assemblage thinking. Noting a lack of dialogue between the two approaches, I have explored the overlaps and silences.
Most of my empirical work centres on two phenomena:
What links mega-events and natural disturbances is that they are both "events" in the sense that they cause unexpected ruptures in the socio-material fabric.
I study what I call the Global East, the globalised and globalising former socialist states, suspended between multiple transformations from socialism to neoliberalism to neopatrimonialism. Recovering the Global East, written out of both the Global North and Global South, is a key concern of my research.
I am an omnivore in terms of methods, using both multivariate statistics and qualitative methods. That said, I have developed a particular taste for the varied flavours of ethnography.