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Mr Earl Harper

Biography

My PhD examines the immunological fantasy of ecological gentrification, drawing on Lacanian Psychoanalysis, film analysis and Urban Political Ecology. The thesis - supervised by Dr. Mark Jackson and Dr. Franklin Ginn - will focus on the commodification of 'Sustainability', using visual methods and Marxist theory to excavate meanings produced by apocalyptic imaginaries in Hollywood and beyond. I am currently a Postgraduate Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society with IBG and a member of the American Association of Geographers.

I gained my Bachelors and Masters degrees from the University of Manchester in 2013 and 2014 respectively. I graduated with a BSc(Hons) Environmental Science (1st Class) and MSc Environmental Governance (Distinction). At undergraduate level I was supervised for my dissertation by Prof. Kevin Anderson (Deputy Director, Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research) and examined the responsibility for apportionment of CO2 emissions related to air transport at Manchester Airports Group. For my Masters dissertation, I utilised visual methods to examine the recent #SavetheArctic campaign by Greenpeace to analyse ideologies contained within their campaign materials. I was supervised by Dr. Saska Petrova and Prof. Erik Swyngedouw for this work and received a Certificate of Commendation for my innovative application of visual methods.

Before coming to Bristol, I worked during my undergraduate degree as a knowledge transfer intern at the Manchester Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research where I produced working papers and briefs on nuclear propulsion in marine shipping, using GIS and AIS to map shipping routes and examinations of aviation policy through industry reports and government committee reports. I have also worked for numerous museums in Manchester focussing on science communication and demonstration. My most recent employment at the National Museum of Science and Industry (Science Museum Group) involved communicating the histories and geographies of Manchester's role in the 19th Century Industrial Revolution and more recent advances in renewable energies, computer technology and STEM awareness.