Dr Angeliki Balayannis
Lecturer in Human Geography
Amory Building, University of Exeter, Rennes Drive, Exeter, EX4 4RJ , UK
Office hours: Bookable office hours take place on Teams during term time: To book office hours, please email me with your preferred time and day. Please check this page for updates - times may change if I have other comittments that cannot be moved.
Bookable office hours take place on Teams during term time:
To book office hours, please email me with your preferred time and day. Please check this page for updates - times may change if I have other comittments that cannot be moved.
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
- 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, 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, 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.
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.
- 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)
- 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. 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).
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Supervision / Group
- Philip J Nicholson Research Fellow on the ESRC project: Waste management during the COVID-19 outbreak
- 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.