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My work concerns geographies of nature, the more-than-human and the environment. In my research I attempt to stick close to the entwined, lived experiences of people and other non-humans – past, present and imaginary. My research interests fall in three main areas.
(Sub)urban naturecultures. I am currently finishing a book, Domestic Wild: Nature, memory and gardening in suburbia, which will explore how history and time are implicated in our ecological consciousness. This is based on my PhD thesis, which argued for a new micropolitics of the wild. The book focuses on how biography, memory and imagination make the ‘world’ of the garden, based empirically on the lives of everyday gardeners in London. The book brings together existing concerns within geography on more-than-human relations, memory, and landscape temporality.
- Gardening in the Anthropocene. I am interested in how new geographies of apocalypse, both imaginary and real, work at various scales, from the planetary to the local, to generate new relations between culture and nature. This involves collaborative work on geo-engineering and radical urban gardening, funded by the Carnegie Trust. Engaging with a range of work in biophilosophy and the environmental humanities, I am also interested how we can think ‘nature’ in an ostensibly new geological epoch. This also includes work as co-investigator in a major multi-disciplinary project, "Caring for the Future Through Ancestral Time", funded by the AHRC
I joined Edinburgh in 2011, after completing my PhD at King’s College London in 2010. Before taking up a position at Edinburgh, I took time out to cycle from London to Singapore. I was educated at the University of Cambridge, Canterbury University (New Zealand), and also have a background in sustainable development policy and advocacy, having worked at NGOs including Global Action Plan and Forum for the Future.
- Plants and histories of natureculture. Currently, I am developing new work on the twentieth century economy of ‘garden life’, which will investigate the globalisation and neo-liberalisation of the gardening industry. In the past I have also researched the relationships between invasive species, eco-nationalism and colonial history in Aotearoa New Zealand.
You can listen here to my talk 'The Quick and the Dead: Slugs, Slime, Fantasy' at the Sensory Worlds conference, Edinburgh, Dec 2011
Talk on 'Death, absence and afterlife in the garden', via the QMUL/Geffrye Museum's Centre for Studies of Home, June 2012
- Ginn F (2013) Domestic wild: Nature, memory and life in the suburban garden, Aldershot, Ashgate
- Ginn F (re-submitted) Sticky lives: slugs, attachment and detachment in the garden, Transaction of the Institute of British Geographers
- Ginn F (in progress) When horses won't eat: the dark ecologies of post-apocalypse, tbc
- U. Beisel, F Ginn, M Buara (under revision) More-than-human geographies: a review, tbc
- Ginn F (under revision) Putaringamotu: echoes of history in a swamp forest, Cultural Geographies
- Whale H and Ginn F (forthcoming) In the absence of sparrows, in Ashlee Cunsolo Willox and K Landman, Environment and/as Mourning, McGill-Queen's University Press
- Ginn F and Francis R (2014) Urban greening and sustaining natures in London, in Lees L and Imrie R eds, Sustainable London? The future of a global city, Bristol: Policy Press
*If you do not have access to any of these just e-mail me*
- Ginn F (2013) Death, absence and afterlife in the garden, Cultural Geographies
- Ginn F (2012) Light or dark political ecologies?, BioSocieties 7, 473-477
- Ginn F (2012) Dig for Victory! New histories of wartime gardening in Britain, Journal of Historical Geography 38(3)294–305
- Mustafa D, T A Smucker, F Ginn, R Johns, S Connely (2010) Xeriscape people and the cultural politics of turf-grass transformation, Environment and Planning D: Society & Space (28)600-617
- Ginn F (2009) Colonial transformations: nature, progress and science in the Christchurch Botanic Gardens, New Zealand Geographer (65)35-47
- Ginn F (2008) Extension, subversion, containment: eco-nationalism and (post)colonial nature in Aotearoa New Zealand, Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers (33)335-53
- Ginn F (forthcoming) A perfect moral storm: the ethical tragedy of climate change – by Steven M Gardiner, Climate Law
- Ginn F (forthcoming) Nature displaced, nature displayed: Order and beauty in botanical gardens – by Nuala Johnson, Social & Cultural Geography
- Ginn F (forthcoming) Remembering, Forgetting and City Builders - by T Fenster and H Yacobi, Emotion, Society & Space
- Ginn F (2010) Geographies of Nature - by Steve Hinchliffe, Cultural Geographies 17(286-287)
- Ginn F (2010) Backyard - by L Head & P Muir, Social & Cultural Geography 11(511-512)
- Ginn F (2009) Spaces of colonialism: Delhi's urban governmentalities - by S Legg, Area 41(109-110)
- Ginn F (2007) Lawn people: how grasses, weeds and chemicals make us who we are - by P Robbins, Environment and Planning A (39)3031-3032
- Ginn F (2007) Home - by A Blunt and R Dowling, Environment and Planning A (39)2288-2289
Brett Matulis, "The Neoliberalization of Conservation in Costa Rica"
Glen Cousquer, "The mountain tourism industry: cultural conflicts, ethical dilemmas, educational outcomes and pack animal welfare"
Julian Baker, "Western Modes of Transport in Nineteenth-Century India"
Sarah Govan, "Past human interaction and landscape management in Scotland"
I am interested in supervising students in any area of nature-culture relations. Prospective students interested in working in these areas should contact me directly sending a CV and 1-2 side summary of a research proposal.
In 2011-2013 I am course co-ordinator for:
- The Nature of Geographical Knowledge