I am interested in questions on the relations between the body and the environment as mediated through experience. I approach such questions by considering the different rationalities at work in performance and extend those to the sociomaterial worlds in which it takes place. I particular, I examine them through the concept of compulsivity, which is a pathologised form of action that cannot be explained entirely by social, psychological or biological processes.
My work situates on the intersections of cultural, health, and disability geography, the medical humanities, continental philosophy, and the neuropsychiatric and psychological sciences of Tourette syndrome. Unpicking the ways in which experience is constructed through a postphenomenological lens, it contributes to posthumanist efforts to understand human action as ecologically constituted. Employing qualitative methodologies, and working with mobile eye-tracking, my work introduces critical social scientific approaches to the study of Tourette syndrome.
For my Doctoral research (2014-2018 - Cardiff University) I worked closely with people with Tourette syndrome, who perform compulsive acts compelled by a sensory urge. And the (extended) ESRC Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (2019-2021 - Swansea University) allowed me to turn the outcomes into a book and extend the theory to better understand the perceptions and experiences of people with dementia.
My monograph Compulsive Body Spaces is currently in press with Routledge and will be published in the winter.
Currently, I'm a Research Officer on the EU-funded 3-year project 'COVINFORM'. I work with Professor Sergei Shubin (Geography) and Professor Louise Condon (Nursing) as part of the Swansea-based team to develop a case study to understand how certain groups in Wales have been more vulnerable to COVID-19 infection, illness, and death than others. With a BAME focus, we are planning to work with Gypsy and Roma Travellers in Wales, migrant nurses in South Wales hospitals, and people with learning disabilities in Wales.
In the Geography Department I have taught urban, political, and health geography (UG) and qualitative social scientific research methods (PG).