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Dr Angeliki Balayannis

Dr Angeliki Balayannis

Lecturer in Human Geography

 6994

 Amory C358a

 

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

 Office hours:

Bookable office hours take place on Teams during term time:

  • Tuesdays 12.30-1.30pm
  • Thursdays 4.30-5.30pm

‚ÄčTo book office hours, please email me with your preferred time and day. I will send you a personal invite to the nearest available 10-15 minute slot. If we need longer we will organise a follow up then.

There is an online live chat on ELE for Geographies of Life every Tuesday 2.30 to 3pm.

Please check this page for updates - times may change if I have other comittments that cannot be moved.

Overview

I am a human geographer specialising in material politics and cultures - with a particular interest in geographies of waste. My research takes place at the intersections of geography, discard studies, STS, and environmental humanities. I employ ethnographic and experimental approaches to examine how waste  - particularly hazardous materials - are sensed, managed, and governed. 

Broad research specialisms:

  • Waste and pollution
  • Material politics and cultures
  • Chemical geographies
  • Infrastructure
  • Visual culture

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.

Research group links

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 synthetic chemicals) and the different ways materials are sensed, managed, and governed. My research examines a range of waste disposal and managment processes - including collections, dumping, stockpiling, 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 collaborative project on waste management during the COVID-19 outbreak. The project is funded by ESRC as part of UK Research and Innovation’s rapid response to COVID-19. The interdisciplinary team is working in partnership with waste industry associations and local authorities to interrogate how the waste sector is affected by, and responding to the pandemic. You can follow this project on Twitter and see the project website for further information.

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

  • 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

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.  Full text.
Balayannis A (2020). Toxic sights: the spectacle of hazardous waste removal. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space Abstract.  Full text.
Balayannis A (2019). Routine Exposures: Reimaging the Visual Politics of Hazardous Sites. Geohumanities Full text.
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.

Internet publications

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

Publications by year


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.  Full text.
Balayannis A (2020). Toxic sights: the spectacle of hazardous waste removal. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space Abstract.  Full text.

2019

Balayannis A (2019). Routine Exposures: Reimaging the Visual Politics of Hazardous Sites. Geohumanities Full text.

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.

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Teaching

2020/21

  • BA Dissertation advisor
  • GEOM131 Geographies of Life Convenor

Supervision / Group

Research Fellows

  • Philip John Nicholson Research Fellow on the ESRC project: Waste management during the COVID-19 outbreak

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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