Throughout my research I have explored how ideas, knowledge claims and expert practices are mobilized, legitimated and enacted in global environmental politics and governance. The knowledge politics of climate change serve as my primary empirical arena. In numerous journal articles and book chapters I examine the systems of thought and every-day knowledge practices that inform how climate change is governed internationally, transnationally and in our every-day lives.
My research is rooted in an interpretative research tradition and located at the interface of political science, environmental studies and science and technology studies. Inspired by Michel Foucault’s nominalist approach to central political concepts such as politics, power and government, I ask questions about ‘the how’ of environmental governance and statehood. How is the environment construed as a domain of government? How is environmental governance accomplished in practical and technical terms? How are agent categories and subjectivities constituted through the practices of environmental governance?
In recent years I have taken a particular interest in the Anthropocene concept and how it is reconfiguring green political thinking and practice. This work has recently resulted in the edited volume Anthropocene Encounters: New Directions in Green Political Thinking (Cambridge University Press, 2019).