the psycho-geography of public transport

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  • On January 22, 2022
An Amsterdam-based friend who happens to be in London wants to re-connect. Amsterdam is a culinary desert, and knowing her taste, I arrange for us to have lunch in a South Indian restaurant on Ealing Road. Ealing Road is known as “the Asian Jewel,” a South Asian neighborhood in Wembley.  “It’s overwhelmingly Brown here,” she […]

Winter 2017/2018: Trolling, BBC Radio 4, and Naples

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  • On April 15, 2018
In November 2017, I gave a talk at BMB’s State of the Nation event on Anger. I was invited by Jamie Inman, BMB’s Head of Planning, exactly during a time where I had been trying to write a blog post about a series of bizarre trolling incidents. I was one of four speakers and my […]


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  • On August 20, 2017
I recently published an article in the Times Higher Education magazine. The piece is about how exploitative labor conditions in academia push people into other sectors. I expected to receive feedback disputing that the dominant model of labor conditions in universities is to employ people on low wage, precarious contracts. Instead, I’ve been deluged with […]

Foggy months

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  • On July 30, 2017
Well, its nearly August 2017 and the last time I posted was in November 2016.  I realize that the last half of 2016 was a daze. I had moved from an innovation consultancy to a design agency. My book came out. Brexit happened. And then no. 45. I won’t even say his name.  The U.S […]

My book is out! + What does publishing mean in 2016?

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  • On November 27, 2016
My book is out! It was published in the UK and Europe in the summer and in the U.S in September. Publishing this book has been a long journey so the ‘end result,’ the actual printing of the book, was rather anti-climactic. Originally, my book was supposed to be out in the world in the […]

Back! A summary of the last 18 months

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  • On April 6, 2016
This is my first post since November 2014. I feel guilty for having neglected my blog but I’m not going to apologize to avoid contributing to the genre of ‘internet apologia.’   Another post will explore the collective psychology of this bizarre form of guilt. To whom is one apologizing? Does anyone even notice or care? […]

Presentation at the Royal Geographical Society international annual conference August 2014

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  • On November 2, 2014
At the end of August, I presented at the panel, “From co-production to alternative futures,” at the international annual conference of the Royal Geographical Society. This panel was part of three scheduled sessions that investigated social movements and the concept of the commons. I only attended the session in which I presented because I was […]

Observational Skills Workshop Amsterdam March 2014

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  • On September 15, 2014
In March, the artist Maria Pask and I designed and facilitated an observational skills workshop as a public art event in the Red Light District of Amsterdam. The event was curated by the the Oude Kerk, the oldest church (and building) in Amsterdam which no longer functions as a place of worship. Instead, its a foundation that […]

Tales of my book contract with Bloomsbury Academic Press

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  • On September 14, 2014
I have a book contract! This contract was offered to me in March but I didn’t feel comfortable until all the quirks of the contract were negotiated. So now, months after the contract was originally offered, I possess a signed and counter-signed document. Exciting. Because the blogosphere has been so helpful when researching the ins and […]

“Myth and Reality of the Amsterdam Squatters Movement,” chapter in edited volume, The City is Ours, published September 2014

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  • On September 9, 2014
A chapter of mine has been published as part of an edited volume titled, The City is Ours: Squatting and Autonomous Movements in Europe from the 1970s to the Present. PM press is the publisher and the volume was edited by Bart van der Steen, Ask Katzeff, and Leendert van Hoogenhuijze. Each chapter provides a […]