My research has been supported with funding by: Newcastle University, the British Academy (Post-Doctoral Fellowship; Small Grant), Council for British Research in the Levant (CBRL), AHRC and ESRC (Open Research Area).
My research develops in the following areas:
Urban geographies of armed conflict and post-conflict
This substantial strand of my research focuses on the urban manifestations of conflict and post-conflict. It advances intellectual debates on the role of the built environment in conflict, on practices of sovereignty, and on the lived experience of contested cities. This research, originally developed via a doctoral scholarship at Newcastle University, has been subsequently funded by a British Academy post-doctoral fellowship (PDF/2009/428), and resulted in an award-winning monograph (War and the City – Bloomsbury 2019), several sole- and co-authored journal articles, and numerous invited talks.
Urban geographies of counter-terrorism and radicalization in cities
In 2013, I published a co-authored monograph (The Radicals’ City – Routledge) on the role of planning and the urban built environment in political and religious radicalisation, based on ESRC-funded research (ESRC RES-181-25-0028). Recently, I have worked on issues of resilience and the humanities’ role in it as Co-I of an AHRC networking grant (AH/R004331/1), and on the cognate area of counter-terrorism measures and their everyday and felt experience in urban Europe. I am Principal Investigator (PI) of the project “Atmospheres of (counter)terrorism in European cities” (2021- 2023) funded by an Open Research Area (ORA)grant (ES/V01353X/1) funded by ESRC (UK),ANR (France) and DFG (Germany).