King's College London (Digital Humanities); Durham University (Global Security Institute)
My research currently has two different but relevant focuses. Firstly (with my media/culture studies hat on) I'm interested in the links between new media technologies and political violence in 'fragile state' contexts, namely Somalia. Secondly, as a post-doc researcher on a DFID/ESRC-funded 'Security on the move' project I'm part of a team researching the impact of forced displacement on urbanisation in different Somali cities and the security issues/violence faced by migrants.
Eastern Africa, Somalia
‘New media, performative violence, and state reconstruction in Mogadishu’ African Affairs, 117(468): 392-414 (2018)
‘Igu sawir “gone too far”? Social media and state reconstruction in Somalia’ in Social Media and Politics in Africa, edited by Molony T and Dwyer M, Zed Books (forthcoming 2019).
For the Security on the Move project see http://securityonthemove.co.uk/ (we're in data analysis mode now, publications on property, displacement and urbanisation forthcoming)