Research Network Bios

Gavin Brown is a social & cultural geographer at the University of Leicester. He has written widely on the spaces of activism and resistance. His current research is on the Non-Stop Picket of the South African embassy in London (1986-90).

Brian Doherty is a Senior Lecturer at Keele University. His principal research interest is in the relationship between radical ideas and actions, particularly in environmental movements. His work has covered green parties, local environmental protesters, major NGOs, and environmental direct action in Britain and other countries.

Anna Feigenbaum is a Lecturer in Media and Politics at Bournemouth University. She researches and writes about technological innovation and communication in social movements, with a particular focus on protest camps. She is co-author of the forthcoming book Protest Camps (Zed) and leads training workshops on creative resistance & collaboration.

Fabian Frenzel  is a lecturer in political economy and organisation at LeicesterUniversity, School of Management. His interest in protest camp stems from research on the role of leisure and travel in social movement activism. He is a co-author of the forthcoming book Protest Camps (Zed)

Uri Gordon is a Lecturer in Politics at Loughborough University. His current research looks at debates on large-scale strategies for social transformation among anarchists and their allies. He is particularly interested in discussions taking place in emergent movements such as those mobilizing against austerity and for climate justice. Specifically, he is now working on an analysis of contemporary anarchists’ views of the state, and on an ideological critique of discourses invoking the right of rebellion.

Sam Halvorsen has been actively involved in the Occupy movement, and is also undertaking a PhD in geography at UCL looking at how Occupy London is part of autonomous social movements centred on the subversion of space. More broadly he is a militant researcher inspired by and involved in diverse projects to create the worlds we want to live in.

Anja Kanngieser is a researcher in political geography, holding an ESRC Postdoctoral Fellowship in Geography at Royal Holloway, University of London.  With a background in performance and communication/sound studies her interests intersect contemporary labour, voice, technology, collaboration and social movements. Her first monograph, Experimental Politics and the Making of Worlds, will be released by Ashgate in Summer 2013. She works extensively in community and DIY radio in London and Australia and facilitates workshops within social movements on listening and communication.

Anastatia Kavada is a Senior Lecturer at Westminster University. Her research explores the use new communication technologies by social movements and advocacy groups, such as the Global Justice Movement, Avaaz, 38 Degrees, and Amnesty International. Anastasia’s research interests focus on the relationship between online tools and decentralized organizing practices, democratic decision-making, and the development of solidarity and a sense of common identity among participants in collective action.

Patrick McCurdy is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication, at University of Ottawa, Canada.  He is interested in the representation of politically contentious issues and correlating actions and media strategies of political actors in an age of media saturation. He is a co-author of the forthcoming book Protest Camps (Zed).

Rodrigo Nunes is a PNPD/CAPES post-doctoral researcher in philosophy at PUCRS, Brazil, where he leads the research group Materialismos ( Over the years, he has been actively involved in different political projects, from community and labour organising to the organisation of the first editions of the World Social Forum. He remains involved in different political initiatives, and is a member of the Turbulence collective (

Jenny Pickerill is a Reader in Environmental Geography at LeicesterUniversity. She has published on autonomous, anarchist & indigenous activism, the emotional spaces of collective action, and online tactics. She has a particular interest in environmental protest camps & occupations: having worked with anti-roads camps in Britain, forest blockades in Australia &various squats & self-built ecocommunities.

Adam Ramadan is a lecturer in Human Geography at Birmingham University. His work lies at the intersection between political and cultural geography. It addresses the ‘everyday’ of geopolitics, how ordinary people understand and negotiate their position within broader geopolitical dynamics. Much of this work has focused on the Middle East, and in particular on refugee issues.

Christian Scholl is a postdoctoral research fellow at the CriDIS institute of the University of Louvain. His research interests combine social movement studies, globalization conflicts with critical and political theory. He is a member of the European social movement research network and has a vast expertise in counterglobalization movements, the social control of protest and social movements, and the diffusion of protest repertoires. His current research projects focuses on the shift from global justice to climate justice and the transnational articulation of climate justice struggles.

Julia Uldam  is an Assistant Professor, Department of Intercultural Communication and Management, Copenhagen BusinessSchool; Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Media and Communications, LSE. She researches civic engagement and management of visibility in relation to online media. She is vice-chair of ECREA’s Communication & Democracy section.

Richard J White is a Senior Lecturer in Economic Geography at Sheffield Hallam University, UK. His main areas of research have focused on re-thinking ‘the economic’ in economic geography; exploring the geographies of commodification; and mapping the limits of capitalism in contemporary society. As an anarchist geographer Richard is also actively engaged with anarchist praxis focused on harnessing post-capitalist/heterodox economic futures. He can be contacted at

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