We are delighted to welcome Dr Adi Kuntsman from Manchester Metropolitan University, UK, as Visiting Research Fellow in the Centre for Spatial, Environmental and Cultural Politics from 1 June to 31 July 2023. Dr Kunstman is a Reader in Digital Politics, in the Department of History, Politics and Philosophy, whose research interest include digital politics, issues of gender and sexuality, migration, violence and collective memory.

Dr Kuntsman’s fellowship will focus upon ‘Decolonising and decarbonising our digital futures: exploring digital environmental harms and ways to challenge them’. The fellowship will explore the often overlooked environmental harms of digitisation in humanities and social sciences research on digital living. In addition to accounting for these harms, it will create a cross-and inter-disciplinary conversation about the place of digital technologies in environmental politics and global environmental injustice. As part of their fellowship, Dr Kuntsman will offer a number of activities including a research talk on 15 June,  a ‘Hackathon’ workshop for postgraduate students exploring disciplinary approaches to digital environmental harms and developing a conceptual language for bringing decolonisation and decarbonisation frameworks together, and a public ‘Hackathon’ workshop exploring the global imaginaries and digital harms of smart cities. Event details will be advertised separately.

Dr Kunstman’s attention to social justice, interdisciplinarity and co-production is central to our Centre’s ethos and research, and contributes to the Centre theme of Climate Justice and Environmental Politics. Centre Member and Co-Director, Professor Julie Doyle will be hosting Dr Kunstman during their stay. We very much look forward to Dr Kunstman’s visit.