PhD Research

thinking about water

My PhD project examines constructed wetland infrastructures and their ‘wastewaterscapes’ across rural locations in India and Scotland.

As a form of green infrastructure, ecological engineering, or a ‘nature-based solution’ these assemblages of living and non-living materials are intended to provide more than their core function of water treatment. I am interested in the way that potential ‘benefits’ from these living infrastructures arise through a web of processes that are simultaneously social and ecological, as well as the ways that the complexities of naturecultures confound such benefit production. 

In tracing the generation of benefits, my research attempts an interdisciplinary synthesis across environmental science and human geography. I am most influenced by the disciplinary traditions of political ecology and more-than-human geography.

My PhD is funded by the Scottish Government as part of their Hydronation Scholar programme. I am registered at the University of Stirling, but based at UKCEH in Edinburgh. I have supervisors at these two institutions as well as the James Hutton Institute (Aberdeen), ATREE (Bengaluru) and IIT Roorkee (Roorkee).