Dr Angeliki Balayannis
Lecturer in Human Geography
Amory Building, University of Exeter, Rennes Drive, Exeter, EX4 4RJ , UK
Weeks 1 - 10
Tuesday 16.00 - 17.00 / Thursday 10.00 - 11.00
Antwerp Field Trip
I am a cultural geographer broadly interested in geographies of waste and pollution, with a focus on chemicals and chemistry. I work at the intersections of geography, discard studies, and science and technology studies, to examine the ways in which chemicals are encountered, sensed, managed, and governed.
Broad research specialisms:
- Materiality, material cultures, material politics
- Waste and pollution
- Chemical geographies
- Embodied geographies
- Visual culture
Bachelor of Environments (Honours), Environmental Geographies, Politics, and Cultures, University of Melbourne
PhD in Geography, University of Melbourne
I completed my undergraduate and postgraduate studies in geography in the School of 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. There I worked with an interdisciplinary team on the public health dimensions of industrially contaminated sites. I joined the Geography Department at the University of Exeter in the Spring of 2019 as a Lecturer in Human Geography.
My research broadly examines the material geographies of waste and pollution. I am particularly interested in the materialities of hazardous industries - interests which also inform my teaching. This work is attuned to everyday life with hazardous materials and the different ways exposures are sensed, represented, managed, and governed. My work unfolds through three key overlapping fields of research:
Hazardous waste industries: Over the past five years my research has examined a range of processes and practices of hazardous waste disposal. This has taken place through multi-sited ethnographic work which includes sites across Tanzania, Poland, Greece, and the UK (Australia Award $35,000, 2015-2016; Australian Government Research Training Program - doctoral scholarship, 2015-2018).
Material politics of incineration: I am currently developing research on the futures and histories of waste incineration, and its role in shifting global economies of waste (Global Challenges Research Fund Early Career Funding £5,000, 2019; CLES Strategic Development Funds £7,500, 2019).
Chemical geographies: I am also undertaking collaborative and interdisciplinary work with Dr Emma Garnett at King's College London to develop new ways of understanding the everyday dimensions of life with chemicals. This work is experimental and situated in feminist technoscience studies.
This research engages with a variety of publics, including disposal workers, chemists, artists, activists, epidemiologists, and policy-makers. I am also a member of the European Industrially Contaminated Sites and Health Network.
Royal Geographical Society (with Institute of British Geographers)
Society for Social Studies of Science
COST Industrially Contaminated Sites and Health Network
Publications by category
Publications by year
- GEO2327 Geographies of Justice: Research Methodologies in Action (Lecturer)
- GEO2318 Workplace Learning for Geographers (Convenor)
- GEO2308F Antwerp Field Trip (Lecturer)
- GEO1309 Study Skills in Human Geography (Tutor)
- GEO2311 Ideas in Geography (Tutor)
- GEO2328 Geographies of Consumption: Doing Human Geography Research (Tutor)
- Dissertation advisor
GEOM131 Geographies of Life (Convenor)