I first studied Social Anthropology as an undergraduate at the University of Manchester before going on to do a PhD in Social Anthropology in the same department which I completed in 2003. My doctoral research tracked the development of a new media industry in the city of Manchester, exploring the cultural promise of technology in a project of post-industrial economic renewal.

I then worked on a research project at Manchester Business School (then the Department of Accounting and Finance), exploring the contemporary conceptualisations of knowledge and information in the implementation of large corporate information systems.

In 2004 I joined the ESRC Centre for Research on Socio-Cultural Change (CRESC), a cross-institutional collaboration between the University of Manchester and the Open University. Here I worked as a research fellow, conducting various individual and collaborative research projects. My two major pieces of research during my time at CRESC were an ethnographic study of road construction in Peru, and a study of climate change mitigation in the UK.

July 2014 I started a Lectureship in Digital Anthropology and Material Culture at University College London where I teach on the MSc in Digital Anthropology.

I’m currently writing about climate models and energy systems, smart infrastructures,  data politics and governance and experimenting with how to incorporate sensory and environmental data into ethnographic description.