Visual-Digital Anthropologist, Middle East and Euro-Mediterranean research focus; photography, visual and digital cultures, inter-generational relationships, media & social change, multimodal ethnography, digital & visual storytelling
Currently: Lecturer (Teaching) in Digital Anthropology, UCL Anthropology
My anthropological work bridges visual & digital culture, migration, and media & social change. With a background in theatre & performance, and following a BA (Hons.) degree in History at UCL, I completed an MPhil followed by a fully-funded DPhil (PhD) in Anthropology at the School of Anthropology & Museum Ethnography (2015) at the University of Oxford.
I then worked as a Research Assistant at the Centre of Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS), University of Oxford on a project about immigration narratives in the UK media (2016), followed by a full-time Teaching Fellowship at UCL Anthropology (2016-2017), where I designed & taught UG+PG courses in Anthropology & Photography; The Anthropology of Social Media, and Material and Visual Culture.
In 2017-2020 I was a Postdoctoral Researcher (European Research Council-funded, 2017-2020) at UCL Anthropology on the Anthropology of Smartphones and Smart Ageing Project (ASSA)
As part of this project I carried out 16 months of ethnographic research in Milan, Italy (Feb 2018- June 2019) studying mobilities, transnational networks and digital-visual practices.
During this period I was also a Visiting Researcher, Department of Sociology and Social Research, University of Milano-Bicocca (2018- 2019)
My urban digital ethnographic research in Milan took place in an innercity multiethnic neighbourhood, across the city, and in the online spaces beyond. My research on ageing, wellbeing and digital technologies in this context involved working with a range of individuals and groups with different backgrounds. I am particularly interested in how notions of community are constructed, and the role of smartphones & digital/visual practices on care and communication – both within the neighbourhood, and beyond its geographical-social boundaries. These themes form part of my forthcoming monograph as part of the ASSA project book series with UCL Press ‘Ageing with Smartphones in Urban Italy: Care and Community in Milan and Beyond’ (forthcoming 2021).