I am a geographer broadly concerned with how environmental and social change intersects with processes of economic and political development.  I am particularly interested in places experiencing rapid and/or radical change to understand how people make sense of and respond to conditions of uncertainty and transformation.  I draw on a range of conceptual and methodological approaches, and am especially inspired by collaborative, interdisciplinary research.  

Mongolia has been at the heart of my educational and professional work for the last decade.  I have been involved in different projects that have explored topics such as: social change, historical geography, livelihood transitions, development policy, and mining.  

In Fall 2014 I joined the anthropology department at University College London to work as a core team member on an exciting new European Research Council (ERC)-funded research project, Emerging Subjects of the New Economy.  This project explores the different kinds of economic subjects and activities that are emerging in Mongolia as the country rapidly moves between periods of growth, decline, and stagnation.  

As part of this project, I am building on research I began as part of my PhD degree in geography at Clark University examining questions around mining and development in Mongolia.  This work speaks to 
key issues and challenges associated with extractive economies, and explores how the expansion of mining activities and the promise of economic growth in Mongolia influences livelihood dynamics, territorial and environmental politics, governance capabilities, and future possibilities.  

I am also developing interdisciplinary research on dust, focusing on how this deceptively simple substance shapes atmospheric politics in the Gobi desert and East Asia more broadly.


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