CURRENT KEY RESEARCH PROJECTS
I am currently undertaking three key research projects, which are all at various stages of completion.
EMOTIONS AND WORLD POLITICS
This involves further research on the roles emotions play in world politics. It draws and extends upon my recent book, Affective Communities in World Politics: Collective Emotions After Trauma (Cambridge Studies in International Relations, Cambridge University Press, 2016 - winner of the BISA Susan Strange Book Prize for 2017) as well as collaborative work conducted together with Professor Roland Bleiker.
EMOTIONAL CULTURES AND THE POLITICS OF HUMANITARIANISM
This new single authored project draws on and extends my existing single-authored and collaborative research on emotions and images to inquire into emerging cultures of 'humanitarian emotions'. The project is both historical and contemporary in approach in so far as I investigate how the history of representing distant suffering has enabled particular emotional discourses and practices through which international humanitarianism, aid and development are conceived of and enacted. It also focuses on the role that culture plays in mitigating emotional and in turn humanitarian responses after disaster and atrocity. I have already begun this research through my UQ Postdoctoral Fellowship on 'The Politics of Disaster Images: How Culture Influences Humanitarian Responses to Natural Catastrophe' as well as through my ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions Associate Investigator project on "Disaster Imagery and the History of Humanitarian Emotions". I am continuing this research by way of a UQ Research Fellowship from 2017.
HOW IMAGES SHAPE RESPONSES TO HUMANITARIAN CRISES
As part of a research team with Professor Roland Bleiker and Professor David Campbell, I was awarded a 2010 ARC Discovery Grant (DP110100546) for this project. The project explores how images communicate catastrophic events to distant audiences. It focuses on aspects that we feel are not fully understood, such as the why we react differently to different forms of humanitarian crises and what roles emotions play in shaping responses to humanitarian crises. The outcomes include a series of scholarly journal articles, a co-authored book and engagements with the policy and NGO community on how images can be used more effectively and ethically to procure international humanitarian aid.
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