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Biography

I am a cultural and political geographer whose work brings together research on energy, waste, chemical matter, infrastructural politics, and air pollution to conceptualise the political significance of different kinds of circulations in the organisation of everyday life. In particular, I am interested in the opportunities and challenges that circulating gaseous materials present for contemporary forms of governance. More information on these research themes can be found below.

In May 2020, I joined Northumbria University’s Department of Geography and Environmental Science as a Lecturer in Human Geography. 

Research Themes:

1. Security & Circulation

The contemporary world is characterised by, and is dependent upon, the circulation of a wide variety of different kinds of ‘stuff’ (bodies, materials, ‘things’). My research explores how different kinds of global/local flows variously relate to questions of security, risk and resilience, and it investigates how their materialities and mobilities affect their governance. I am particularly concerned with the processes and technologies through which these systems and their capacities to change become rendered known, politicisable and governable.

2. Governing Gases

Whether relating to energy security and the role of (fracked) natural gas, the health impacts of airborne pollutants, or the consequences of carbon emissions for global climate, gases are behind some of the most urgent political challenges facing the planet today. Successfully governing their circulation has therefore become an imperative for the politics of the 21st century, requiring interventions at a variety of scales, from the domestic to the urban, the regional and the planetary. My research speaks to this imperative by tracing the challenges and opportunities that different kinds of gases present for governance.

3. Matter, Materialities, and Life in the Anthropocene

My research also seeks to find alternative ways of living with nonhumans in the Anthropocene. Key to this is thinking about the ethics of more-than-human relations and exploring the tensions between those approaches that assume human responsibility for managing the material world, and those that insist upon respecting its rights to autonomy.

Publications:

Journal Articles & Commentaries:

Forman, P.J. (2021) "Materialist Dialogues and the Granular" 

Dialogues in Human Geography https://doi.org/10.1177/20438206211004859

Gregson, N. & Forman, P.J. (2021) "England's Municipal Waste Regime: Challenges and Prospects" 

The Geographical Journal https://doi.org/10.1111/geoj.12386

Forman, P.J. (2020) "Histories of Balancing Demand and Supply in the UK's Gas Networks, 1795-Present" 

Journal of Energy History URL: Histories of Balancing Demand and Supply in the UK’s Gas Networks, 1795 – Present | Drupal (energyhistory.eu) 

Blue, S. Shove, E. & Forman, P.J. (2020) "Conceptualising Flexibility: Challenging representations of time and society in the energy sector" 

Time and Society DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/0961463X20905479

Anderson, B. Wilson, H. Forman, P.J. Heslop, J. Ormerod, E. & Maestri, G. (2020) “Brexit: Modes of Uncertainty and Futures at an Impasse” 

Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/tran.12348

Forman, P.J. (2019) Security and the Subsurface: Natural Gas and the Visualisation of Possibility Spaces” 

Geopolitics DOI: 10.1080/14650045.2018.1513918

Tironi, M., Hird, M., Forman, P.J., Simonetti, C., & Freiburger, N. (2018) “Inorganic becomings: Situating the Anthropocene in Puchuncaví” 

Environmental Humanities doi.org/10.1215/22011919-4385525

Forman, P.J. (2018) “Circulations beyond Nodes: (In)Securities Along the Pipeline” 

Mobilities http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/17450101.2017.1403776 

Hughes, S.M. & Forman, P.J. (2017) “A Material Politics of Citizenship: The Governance of Circulating Materials from UK Immigration Removal Centres” 

Citizenship Studies http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/13621025.2017.1341659 

Book Chapters

Forman, P.J. (2019) “Materiality, New Materialisms” 

In: Kobayashi, A. (Ed) The International Encyclopedia of Human Geography (Second Edition) https://doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-08-102295-5.10330-0

Data & Datasets

Forman, P.J. & Gregson, N. (2021) "UK Waste Management Contracts by Local Authority, 2018-2019"

UK Data Service doi.org/10.5255/UKDA-SN-854682

Book Reviews 

Forman, P.J. (2018) Book review: Global Undergrounds: Exploring Cities Within. Edited by Paul Dobraszczyk, Carlos Lopez Galviz, & Bradley Garrett.

Reviewed for the Urban Geographies Research Group.

Guest Blog Posts

Forman, P.J. & Shove, E. (2019) “The Fixity of Flexibility” [Online] Guest blog post for CREDS website.

Available at: https://www.creds.ac.uk/the-fixity-of-flexibility/ [Last accessed: 08/01/20]

Forman, P.J. (2017) “Hard to Follow Things: Natural Gas” [Online] Guest blog post for Prof. Ian Cook’s website, http://www.followtheblog.org.

Available at: <https://followtheblog.org/2017/08/21/guest-post-hard-to-follow-things-natural-gas-by-peter-forman/> [Last accessed: 22/08/17].

 

Education/Academic qualification

Geography, PhD, Durham University

1 Jan 201323 May 2017

Award Date: 30 Jun 2017

Geography, MA (Hons), Durham University

1 Sep 201110 Oct 2012

Award Date: 11 Jan 2013

Geography, BA (Hons), Durham University

6 Oct 200824 Jun 2011

Award Date: 28 Jun 2011

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