Dr Nathaniel O'Grady

Lecturer in Human Geography and Disaster

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Overview

I am a cultural and political geographer interested in how technological innovations affect the way the world is secured from various emergency events. I’ve pursued this interest on a number of trajectories, from examining the development and consolidation of risk-based, anticipatory modes of governance in the UK Fire and Rescue Service to the procedures and protocols designed to enable information sharing between different authorities during emergencies. Currently, I am tracing out the gradual appearance of a new emergency infrastructure that is accruing with government emphasis on smart technologies.  For me, the development of these technologies and the practices that underpin them are crucially important for understanding how security operates in our time; showing as they do how our global futures are imagined, how governments think of their engagement with the wider environment around them and the numerous ways we as citizens figure as subjects of power.

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