Starting January 2024, I am based at Sciences Po, Paris, where I am an Assistant Professor at the Center for the Sociology of Organisations.
Previously I was an Associate Professor of Justice, Community and Leadership at Saint Mary's College of California in the Bay Area for 8 years, where I taught courses on environmental justice, sustainability, and development through the lenses of postcolonial/decolonial theory, feminist geography, and cultural sociology.
I received my PhD from the Department of Environmental Science Policy and Management at the University of California Berkeley (2015) and have a Masters in Integrative Bio-sciences from the University of Oxford (2008), where I was an Inlaks Scholar. In Spring 2019, I was invited to the Alba Viotto Visiting Professorship in Sociology at the University of Geneva, and was a visiting professorial fellow at the Sustainable Consumption Institute at the University of Manchester. I serve as an Associate Editor for Elementa: Science of the Anthropocene (UC Press) and Consumption and Society (Bristol University Press).
In addition to my research, I work with community organizations and provide guidance to policymakers who aim to reshape urban planning and consumption practices through institutional reform. I am an Associate Fellow at Chatham House's Environment and Society Program and was a Commissioner on the Cambridge Sustainability Commission report on Scaling Behavior Change.
In a time of exacerbating inequality, enduring poverty, and widespread climate disruption, we cannot talk about sustainability or decarbonization without a serious consideration of its intersections with social justice, equity, and power relations. To this end, I take a situated, relational, and intersectional approach in my research, collaborating with scholars in critical geography, sociology, environmental science and policy studies, and with grassroots organizations, policy-makers and practitioners.
New book- Recycling Class, MIT Press, 2024