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?
Currently I am involved in a number research projects. Apart from my externally funded grants, I pursue the following research projects:
This research projects explores how carbon accounting renders climate change legible, knowable and governable as political problem. By paying attention to the manifold practical techniques, tools and methods by which carbon enters into political and market circulation and shapes bodily behavior, the project offers a decentered account of climate politics that extends beyond familiar political arenas, boundaries and sites.
This project asks how the ‘Anthropocene’ is construed and put to use in scientific and popular discourse. Our entry into a human-dominated epoch is a daunting proposition that challenges the modern distinction between nature and society that has been so central to Western environmental thought, politics and ethics. In the Anthropocene, the modern figure of Nature as a pure and absolute domain is replaced by hybrid and bewildering nature-cultures. This proposed ‘end of Nature’ raises fundamental questions about the purpose and trajectories of environmental politics. How can we make sense of and govern the hybrid world that we now inhabit? What is the object of concern to which environmental politics is directed? Where and with whom does political agency and responsibility reside?