I came to York as an undergraduate in 2008 to study Politics & Sociology, graduating in Summer 2011. As of Autumn 2011, I'm working on a full-time PhD in Sociology, using Actor-Network Theory to study the UK Space Agency and the way it recruits diverse actors into space programs, and negotiates the difficulties of those programs. As well as academia, I have strong interests in computer programming (developing an increasingly-complex ASCII roguelike/4x game in my spare time), linguistics and literature, and I'm (nearly) a vegan.
Supervisor: Brian Loader
My research examines the UK Space Agency and how it recruits and manages actors in space programs. Space programs are traditionally regarded as long-term (10+ years), high-risk, high-cost and at the cutting edge of technology, and I wish to study how these issues and difficulties - which would seem to discourage investment - are managed. This is particularly by studying the "future"-based orientation of much of the work around space technology, in terms of "horizon-scanning", "roadmapping", etc, and the uses these are put to when trying to legitimize programs.
I have taught on the first year "Cultivating a Sociological Imagination" module.