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I am a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the AHRC-funded project 'Understanding Displacement Aesthetics and Making Change in the Art Gallery with Refugees, Migrants, and Host Communities' (History Department, the University of Manchester), in partnership with the University of Melbourne, the Whitworth, Manchester Art Gallery and In Place of War. I was previously a Teaching Fellow in History of Art at the University of Edinburgh, where I designed specialist courses across contemporary art and curating.

My research interests include contemporary art, curating, and theory that relate to displacement; global institution-making and socially engaged art; global institutional critique; art, labour, and gender; art institutions and decolonisation. My most recent paper ‘Social Justice and Work in Art Institutions’ was published in the ‘Social Justice’ (October 2021) special issue of the Journal of Curatorial Studies. I have also published the book chapter 'Instituting and the Discursive: Theorising "Former West"' (Cambridge Scholars, 2017). In 2019, I organised a research workshop entitled Institutions, Borders and Politics in the Contemporary Art World at Edinburgh College of Art. I co-curated the group show Exodic (2014), that explored exoticisation and institutional exodus in contemporary art.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities