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Dr Angeliki Balayannis

Dr Angeliki Balayannis

Senior Lecturer in Human Geography

 6994

 Amory C358a

 

Amory Building, University of Exeter, Rennes Drive, Exeter, EX4 4RJ , UK

 Office hours:

Term 1 2022: Tuesday 11-12 (on campus) // Friday 10-11 (online - email to book time) 

 

Overview

I am a human geographer specialising in the material politics of waste and pollution. My research is interdisciplinary, taking place at the intersections of geography, feminist technoscience, discard studies, and environmental humanities. I employ ethnographic and experimental approaches to examine how waste and pollutants - particularly hazardous materials - are sensed, managed, and governed (visit my research website for further details).

Broad research specialisms:

  • Geographies of waste and pollution
  • Chemical geographies
  • Material politics and cultures
  • Discard studies
  • Feminist technoscience

Qualifications

Bachelor of Environments (Environmental Geographies, Politics and Cultures), The University of Melbourne 

Honours in Environments, The University of Melbourne 

PhD in Geography, The University of Melbourne

Career

I completed my undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in Geography at the University of Melbourne, Australia. I moved to the UK in 2018 to undertake a Rutherford Fellowship in the Institute of Environment, Health and Societies, at Brunel University London. I joined the Geography Department at the University of Exeter in the Spring of 2019 as a Lecturer in Human Geography.

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Research

Research interests

My research examines the material politics of waste and pollution, with a particular interest in their infrastructures. This work is attuned to everyday life with hazardous materials (often chemicals) and the different ways materials are sensed, managed, and governed. My research examines a range of disposal and managment processes - including collections, dumping, stockpiling, and incineration.

This work is situated at the intersections of geography, STS, discard studies, and environmental humanities. I employ multi-sited ethnographic and experimental methodologies, and undertake interdisciplinary collaborations across the arts, humanities, and natural sciences. This research engages with a variety of publics, including disposal workers, chemists, artists, epidemiologists, and policy-makers. I have worked at sites of disposal across Tanzania, Poland, Greece, and the UK.

Research projects

  • 2020-21 PI 'Waste management during the COVID-19 outbreak: investigating a critical sector in crisis'. ESRC, as part of UKRI Rapid Response to COVID-19 (£271K). Co-Is: Steve Hinchliffe (Exeter), Toni Gladding (OU), Thom Davies (Nottingham), Emma Garnett (KCL), Philip Nicholson (Exeter)
  • 2019 PI 'Material Politics of Incineration'. GCRF Early Career Grant (£5K)
  • 2015-18 'Following pesticides in disposal: a chemical geography' Australian Government Resarch Training Program, full PhD scholarship; Australia Award (£18K)

Research networks

  • Wastes, Pollutants, and Toxicities Working Group (Chair)
  • Royal Geographical Society with Institute of British Geographers
  • Society for Social Studies of Science
  • WasteInLit: The International Literary Waste Studies Network 
  • COST Industrially Contaminated Sites and Health Network

PhD candidates

I welcome PhD candidates in geography interested in any related area of research. This includes students interested in interdisciplinary methodologies which cross over into the arts or natural sciences. Feel free to get in touch for a conversation about your project idea (see supervision tab for current students).

Publications

Key publications | Publications by category | Publications by year

Publications by category


Journal articles

Garnett E, Balayannis A, Hinchliffe S, Davies T, Gladding T, Nicholson P (2022). The work of waste during COVID-19: logics of public, environmental, and occupational health. Critical Public Health, 32(5), 630-640.
Balayannis A, Garnett E (2020). Chemical Kinship. Catalyst: Feminism, Theory, Technoscience, 6(1). Abstract.
Balayannis A, Garnett E (2020). Chemical Kinship: Interdisciplinary Experiments with Pollution. Catalyst: Feminism, Theory, Technoscience, 6 Abstract.
Balayannis A (2020). Toxic sights: the spectacle of hazardous waste removal. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space Abstract.
Balayannis A (2019). Routine Exposures: Reimaging the Visual Politics of Hazardous Sites. Geohumanities, 5, 572-590.
COOK BR, BALAYANNIS A (2015). Co-Producing (a Fearful) Anthropocene. Geographical Research, 53(3), 270-279.
Balayannis A, Cook BR (2015). Suicide at a distance. Progress in Human Geography, 40(4), 530-545. Abstract.

Reports

Souter N, Balayannis A, Jennings P, Martin H (2020). UK Waste Sector COVID-19 Response and Resilience Report., the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management.

Publications by year


2022

Garnett E, Balayannis A, Hinchliffe S, Davies T, Gladding T, Nicholson P (2022). The work of waste during COVID-19: logics of public, environmental, and occupational health. Critical Public Health, 32(5), 630-640.

2020

Balayannis A, Garnett E (2020). Chemical Kinship. Catalyst: Feminism, Theory, Technoscience, 6(1). Abstract.
Balayannis A, Garnett E (2020). Chemical Kinship: Interdisciplinary Experiments with Pollution. Catalyst: Feminism, Theory, Technoscience, 6 Abstract.
Balayannis A (2020). Toxic sights: the spectacle of hazardous waste removal. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space Abstract.
Souter N, Balayannis A, Jennings P, Martin H (2020). UK Waste Sector COVID-19 Response and Resilience Report., the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management.
Balayannis A (2020). “Legacies” an a to Z of Shadow Places Concepts. Web link.

2019

Balayannis A (2019). Routine Exposures: Reimaging the Visual Politics of Hazardous Sites. Geohumanities, 5, 572-590.

2018

Balayannis A (2018). Following pesticides in disposal: a chemical geography.  Abstract.

2017

Balayannis A (2017). Encountering the kiln: visual field notes from an incinerator. Web link.

2015

COOK BR, BALAYANNIS A (2015). Co-Producing (a Fearful) Anthropocene. Geographical Research, 53(3), 270-279.
Balayannis A, Cook BR (2015). Suicide at a distance. Progress in Human Geography, 40(4), 530-545. Abstract.

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Teaching

Modules

2022/23


Supervision / Group

Postgraduate researchers

  • Ryan Shum ESRC-funded PhD: 'How to care for microplastics: storying microplastic entanglements through a speculative multi-sited ethnography'. Co-supervisor with Gail Davies.
  • Agnes Villette AHRC-funded practice based PhD, 'Radioactive ruins of La Hague: Toxic landscape and cold war legacy'. Co-supervisor with Ryan Bishop and Jussi Parikka, Winchester School of Art and University of Exeter.

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