On/off Earth infrastructures

I’m currently working on an ethnographic project on Sweden’s initiatives to strengthen its infrastructural presence in outer space. This involves the branding of the city of Kiruna as an “outer space metropolis”, the expansion of the rocket-launching range Esrange, and the enactment of outer space as a matter worthy of stronger public and governmental concern. I’m curious about what happens to social, political, and environmental relations when confronted by the extraterrestrial as an infrastructural phenomenon.

Ecology of capture

For my PhD I explored fog capture and emergent attunements to ground-touching clouds as a material possibility in coastal Peru. My doctoral thesis, Ecology of capture: Conservation, infrastructure, and fog in coastal Peru, drew on twelve months of ethnographic research among conservationists, scientists, a local NGO, and residents on the urban periphery, predominantly in Lima. Read my thesis abstract here.