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Planning the Olympics

Making geopolitical subjects in Ukraine

Affective nationalism in Azerbaijan

After the bark beetle's visit in the Bavarian Forest


How is the world organized? Every day, people, knowledge, goods, images whirl around us. At Space & Organization, we are interested in the processes of ordering and disordering that make the world spin – sometimes out of control. We work in Russia, Eastern Europe, Brazil and Switzerland, using qualitative and quantitative methods.



Organising a mega-event such as the Olympic Games is one of the most complex projects in modern times. It means coordinating hundreds of stakeholders around the world, thousands of staff and billions of dollars in budget – all with an immovable deadline. Our research includes:

-       planning and impacts of mega-events

-       mobilities in mega-events


Making geopolitical subjects

Why people continue to feel so deeply attached to their nation or state in an increasingly globalised world is a conundrum. We explore this grip of geopolitics on the human body with a particular interest in how feelings of belonging play out in people’s everyday lives. We examine:

-       affective nationalism in the post-socialist states of the former Soviet Union

-       geopolitical subject-making in Ukraine and Russia


Natural disturbances

Natural disturbances are extreme events such as wildfires and insect epidemics that often wreak havoc on ecosystems. Global warming has increased the number and intensity of these events. We examine how such disturbances challenge existing meanings of nature and change the ways we manage protected areas. We are interested in:

-       the management of the bark beetle in Bavarian Forest National Park

-       ideas of nature and ‘the natural’ in discourses of post-disturbance landscapes