This blog is as much to keep me writing and thinking as anything, hopefully it will be interesting too. Expect posts on urban politics, political ecology, geography, and various things beside.
I’m a PhD at the University of Sheffield in the Department of Town and Regional Planning, having moved from Manchester, where I was one of the editors of the local independent newspaper Manchester Mule between 2008 and 2012.
My research originally brought together my interests and politics from experiences as a journalist in a post-industrial city, a climate change activist and studying environmental politics at Keele University. By and large I’m interested in the politics of the material and socio-ecological production and reproduction of urban society, and in particularly in processes of enclosure and commons. My PhD topic is now completely different from my initial project which looked at political ecologies of urban resilience. My research is now focused on ongoing attempts to commodify nature through ecosystem services and the green economy in the UK, and more specifically at the emergence of biodiversity offsetting in England.