My current research explores situated, embodied, politics in the Middle East, particularly the rise of homestays, hiking, climbing, and trail making. I focus primarily on a new walking trail in Jordan, the Jordan Trail, to interrogate the ways in which we understand movement and mobility in situated contexts. My project explores tourism’s relationship with everyday sites to uncover different political realities, alternative engagement and understandings of landscape, and better conceptualisations of situated and practiced knowledge. This is all engaged within frameworks of safety, fear, and conflict.
In addition to receiving an ESRC studentship, I was also awarded a Centre for British Research in the Levant Arabic Language Scholarship to undertake Arabic language training in Amman, Jordan. At Durham I am currently the Learning and Teaching PG Representative and co-convene one of the research clusters: Politics, State, Space. I also keep a blog which can be found at: www.motioningtourism.wordpress.com.