Dr Angeliki Balayannis
Lecturer in Human Geography
Amory Building, University of Exeter, Rennes Drive, Exeter, EX4 4RJ , UK
Office hours: Currently holding office hours remotely. Please email to schedule a meeting.
Currently holding office hours remotely. Please email to schedule a meeting.
I am a human geographer specialising in the material politics and cultures of waste and pollution. My research takes place at the intersections of geography, science and technology studies, geohumanities, and discard studies. I employ ethnographic, experimental, and interdisciplinary approaches to examine how hazardous materials are encountered, managed, sensed, and governed.
Broad research specialisms:
- Waste and pollution
- Chemical geographies
- Material politics and cultures
- Visual culture
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
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.
Research group links
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 synthetic chemicals) and the different ways materials are sensed, represented, managed, and governed. My research examines a range of processes and practices of disposal - including collections, dumping, storage, and incineration.
This work is situated at the intersections of geography, science and technology studies, and discard studies. 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.
COVID-19 Waste Project
In June 2020 I commenced a UKRI-funded collaborative project on waste management during the COVID-19 outbreak. I am leading an interdisciplinary team of researchers - spanning geography, public health, art, and environmental engineering - to interrogate how the waste sector is affected by, and responding to COVID-19. Our team is working in partnership with national industry associations and local authorities. You can follow this project on Twitter and see the project website for further information.
- 2020-21 PI 'Waste management during the COVID-19 outbreak: investigating a critical sector in crisis'. ESRC, UKRI Ideas to Address 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)
- 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
I welcome PhD candidates in geography interested in any related area of research. I also welcome 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).
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- Level 2 Tutor
- Level 3 Tutor
- Dissertation advisor
GEOM131 Geographies of Life (Convenor)
Supervision / Group
- 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.