Research interests

The role of science and technology in urgent societal issues, Environmental governance, Public-private assemblages in governance practices, Governance of scientific practices.

My current research explores the material and scientific governance of urban innovation experiments and projects that are concerned with carbon emission reduction. I gained my PhD at the University of Amsterdam in 2019, where I worked on the hybrid governance of security assemblages in Nairobi. In my doctoral work I engaged with science and technologies studies, urban studies and governance studies to analyse the political implications of diverse security technologies and materialities that are deployed in Kenya’s capital city. I’m a currently developing a new project on the governance of oceanographic research.

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Peer reviewed Articles

Colona, F. (2020). Police guns and private security cars. Ordering the state through socio-material policing assemblages in Nairobi. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, 38(3), 436-452. DOI:

Colona, F., and Diphoorn, T. G. (2017). “Eyes, Ears and Wheels.” Policing Partnerships in Nairobi, Kenya. Conflict and Society: Advances in Research 3, 8-23. DOI:

Colona, F., & Jaffe, R. (2016). Hybrid governance arrangements. European Journal of Development Research, 28(2), 175-183. DOI:

Articles submitted for review

Colona, F. The low hanging fruits of emissions reduction. Assembling carbon neutrality policies in a Swedish city. Manuscript submitted for review to Environmental Policy and Planning.

Articles in preparation

Colona, F. The numbers of carbon reduction: Techno-mathematical relations and transitions targets. Journal of Science & Technology Studies (in preparation)

Book Chapters

Glasius, M., & Colona, F. (2014). The Yugoslavia Tribunal: The Moving Targets of a Legal Theatre. In Abazovic, D.; Zarkov, D., Post-Yugoslavia. New Cultural and Political Perspectives (pp. 8-34). Palgrave Macmillan UK.


Colona, F. (2019) “Enacting the State Through Security Assemblages. Materiality, Technology and Political Subjectification in Nairobi. PhD Dissertation, University of Amsterdam.

Non-peer reviewed publications

Diphoorn, T. and Colona, F. (2019, May 22). The close relationship between police and private security companies in Kenya. The Conversation. Available at: Accessed May 24, 2019.

Colona F. (2018, October 1) “Fed up security officers and drunk policemen in Nairobi”. Somatosphere. Available at: Accessed May 24, 2019.

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