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Dr Richie Nimmo

Lecturer in Sociology

My research is interdisciplinary in nature and pursues questions emerging from the ambiguous status of nonhumans in modern knowledge-practices. In social thought nonhumans are often a kind of absent presence, rendered marginal as a 'context' of human agency, whilst simultaneously performing the invisible work of shaping foundational notions of the human. The marginalisation of nonhuman animals in particular points towards a fundamental ontological asymmetry involved in social scientific conceptions of 'the social'. This is a burgeoning area of enquiry within sociology, anthropology, geography, and related disciplines, and my work on human-nonhuman relations in various historical and contemporary assemblages seeks to contribute to this posthumanist current. 

Division: 
Research
Sustainability enthusiast?: 
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Interdisciplinary themes: 
Education
Environment

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Course

Sociology of Nature Environment and Risk

Sociological perspectives on nature and the environment; 'risk society' thesis; climate change and environmental degradation