Department of Political Science
Main research areas
- World politics & humanitarianism
- Digital technology & new media
- Digital methods
PhD research project
Governing #compassion: The new technopolitics of mediated humanitarianism. My PhD research project offers a detailed exploration of three examples of the use of new digital media technologies in mediated humanitarianism: social media, Virtual Reality and smartphone apps. Engaging with key insights from postphenomenology, digital ethnography and science- & technology studies, I produce an analytical framework that opens up analyses of mediated humanitarianism to questions about power at the level of digital materialities. Whereas previous work on mediated humanitarianism and distant suffering has focused on the role of discourses and media representations of humanitarian disasters, this dissertation shifts the attention to the material capacities and affordances of digital media technologies and how these are enacted or disrupted in the mundane contexts of the everyday. In doing so, the dissertation provides novel insights into the technopolitics of mediated humanitarianism in the digital age.
Other research projects
The emergence of natively digital international politics. Collective discussion piece co-authored with Alexei Tsinovoi, Fabio Cristiano and Luisa Cruz Lobato. An extended abstract for the paper is currently being considered by International Political Sociology.
Technology, affect & world politics: A postphenomenological perspective. Working paper. In progress. An earlier version of the paper was presented at BISA 2019.
Digital interfaces with distant suffering: Exploring the vibrant digital materiality of visual global politics. Working paper. In progress. An earlier version of the paper was presented at EISA 2019.
The political economy of mediated humanitarianism: A critical approach. Working paper. In progress.
Art, parasitic critique & hacking: Exploring international political design through Jacob Remin's 'Harvesting the Rare Earth.' Working paper. In progress
Areas of expertise
- Critical perspectives on technology & world politics
- Digital media & humanitarian communication
- The global power of Big Tech corporations