Dr James Ash

Dr James Ash is Senior Lecturer in Media and Cultural Studies at Newcastle University (School of Arts and Cultures). His research investigates the cultures, economies and politics of digital interfaces, drawing on post-phenomenology, new materialism and media theory. He is author of The Interface Envelope: Gaming, Technology, Power (Bloomsbury Press, 2015) and has published a range of articles on technology, interface design and games in a number of international journals. You can visit his Newcastle University profile and personal website for full details of his research and publications to date.


rachel-gordon-1-brightenedDr Rachel Gordon

Dr Rachel Gordon is Research Associate at Newcastle University. Her experience includes ethnographic and ethnomethodological studies of technology use and practice in workplace settings. This has included detailed observations of operators in a number of control rooms, from motorway traffic management to emergency services. She is interested in people’s everyday problem solving and decision making through technology and how disruptive events of all kinds are responded to and managed.



Ben Anderson

Professor Ben Anderson

Ben Anderson is a Professor in Human Geography at Durham University (Department of Geography). Over the past five years, his research has focused on how affects such as emergency, hope and fear are part of contemporary political and cultural life. His monograph on theories of affect – Encountering Affect: Capacities, Apparatuses, Conditions (Routledge, 2014) – was published in 2014. Supported by a 2013 Phillip Leverhulme Prize, he is currently conducting a genealogy of the government of emergencies in the UK that focuses on the birth of the emergency state and the invention and formalisation of ordinary techniques for governing emergencies. You can visit Ben’s Durham University profile to view his publications.


langley_pProfessor Paul Langley

Paul Langley is Professor of Economic Geography at Durham University (Department of Geography). His research contributes to the critical study of financial markets and financialisation processes in economic geography and across the social sciences. He is the author of three monographs – World Financial Orders (Routledge, 2002/2013), The Everyday Life of Global Finance (Oxford University Press, 2008), and Liquidity Lost (Oxford University Press, 2015). He is currently working on an ESRC Urban Transformations programme project on social finance and urban social innovation and a Horizon 2020 project investigating new forms of financial investment and decarbonisation of the economy. Paul’s Durham University profile provides details of his other publications and projects.