I am a critical human geographer with research interests in intimacy-geopolitics, emotionality, everyday bordering and precarity in contemporary Europe. My work is primarily grounded in feminist and participatory paradigms and I am committed to collaborative co-production with participants and working for social justice for marginalised and vulnerable communities.
I did my undergraduate studies in geography at the University of Nottingham, before moving on to study for an interdisciplinary MA at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, UCL in 1999-2000. After a few years of working in the private sector, I returned to academia in 2005 to complete an MA and PhD at the University of Birmingham, which were funded by the Economic and Social Research Council and incorporated language training and fieldwork in Ukraine and Romania.
I taught at the University of Birmingham in the 2006-2007 academic year and whilst carrying out research in Ukraine, I also gave a series of lectures at Yuriy Fedkovych Chernivtsi National University in Ukraine. I was a research fellow at the University of Babes-Bolyai in Romania from January to July 2009. Prior to joining Northumbria in September 2013, I worked in the School of Geography at Queen Mary, University of London, initially as a Teaching Fellow and then as a Lecturer in Human Geography.