The Centre for Spatial, Environmental and Cultural Politics regularly hosts Visiting Research Fellows from a range of disciplines and areas of expertise who contribute to the vibrant and collaborative research culture of the Centre.

Dr Nazry Bahrwai – Dr Nazry is from the Department of Asian Languages and Literature, University of Washington, USA and visited us from 1 April to 30 June 2023. Dr Nazry is an Assistant Professor of Southeast Asian literature and culture, whose research examines the intersections between animal fables and racial discourses in Malay-Indonesian literary texts and films. Dr Nazry explored ‘Southeast Asian Racial Taxonomies between Narrative and Science’ during his visit.

Dr Adi Kunstman – Dr Kuntsman is from Manchester Metropolitan University, UK, and is Visiting Research Fellow in the Centre 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 will be exploring ‘Decolonising and decarbonising our digital futures’ during their visit.

Arabel Lebrusan – Spanish born artist, Arabel Lebrusan, is working with SECP during 2021 -2022 to explore notions of extractivism, ecofeminism and ecological grief through her project TOXIC WAVES that focuses upon dam failures in Brazil. You can read more about her work and project here:

Research News | Welcome to new SECP Visiting Fellow, Arabel Lebrusan!


Suzanne Dhaliwal – In early 2020, we hosted renowned intersectional climate justice activist and creative, Suzanne Dhaliwal, as a Visiting Fellow to the Centre. Suzanne is Co-Founder and Director of UK Tar Sands Network and has appeared as a guest writer and speaker in major newspapers, on radio, televisions and performed lectures across the UK, EU and North America. You can access the online talk that Suzanne gave about her climate justice research as part of her Fellowship activities here:

Event Recording | Centreing Climate Justice in an Age of Covid-19 – Suzanne Dhaliwal

Marina Warner – In 2019, Paris based artist, Marina Wainer, who works at the intersection of video, interactive experience design and digital art,  joined us as a Visiting Fellow (Co-hosted with the Centre for Digital Media Cultures). Working on her project Earth Diplomacy, she explored representations of natural elements as if they had a legal status, by creating an in situ experience with the audience in nature, developed through VR. During her fellowship, Marina offered workshops for our PGR students, and returned for a visit in January 2020 as an exhibitor at the MeCCSA2020 conference.

Dr Belinda Wheaton – In 2018, sociologist, Dr Belinda Wheaton, from the University of Waikato Te Whare Wananga o Waikato, Aotearoa/New Zealand, joined us to explore the cultural politics of surfing spaces in Aotearoa /New Zealand.

Prof. Michael K. Goodman – In 2017, critical human geographer, Professor Michael Goodman from the University of Reading, joined us to pursue research on the cultural politics of climate change. His research talk on the the role of VR in facilitating environmental empathy can be viewed below. The fellowship also led to a special issue on ‘Practising Everyday Climate Cultures‘ for Climatic Change journal, co-edited by SECP member, Prof. Julie Doyle.

Event Recording | The Empathy Machine: Virtual reality, iAnimal and the techno-biopolitics of witnessing