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Mr Earl Harper

Mr Earl Harper

Mr Earl Harper

Teaching Support Assistant

Area of research

The Immuno-political Fantasy of Ecological Gentrification: A Psychoanalytic Exploration of the Visual Culture of Climate Change and Urban Renewal

University Road,
Clifton, Bristol BS8 1SS
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My research broadly covers 5 areas:

  • Political Ecology
  • Postpolitics
  • Visual Semiotics
  • Urban Theory
  • Political Economy


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.


As a Graduate Teaching Assisstant, I have an active role in the delivery of teaching at Undergraduate level, in particular as part of the tutorial scheme to assist in academic skill building and training. This year I will also be assisting Dr Maria Fannin on the core module Human Geography on the undergraduate programme.


  • political ecology
  • political economy
  • post-politics
  • Marxism
  • urbanisation
  • visual semiotics
  • visual methods

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