I am a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Human Geography and 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 psychological or biological processes.
I therefore work with people with Tourette syndrome, who perform compulsive acts compelled by a sensory urge. In June 2020, I was awarded the first Hans Eijsackers Award from the Dutch Tourette's Association that celebrates and encourages patient emancipatory research.
My work situates on the intersections of cultural, health, and disability geography, the medical humanities, continental philosophy, and the biomedical and clinical 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.
I am currently working on my monograph Compulsive Body Spaces (Routledge, 2021)
In addition, I am externally advising and collaborating with Antwerp University doctoral candidate Jo Bervoets, who will soon start a 'virtual visiting scholarship' with me.
In the department I have taught urban, political, and health geography (UG) and qualitative social scientific research methods (PG)