Anneleen Kenis
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Research interests

  • The (post)politics of climate change
  • Urban air pollution and environmental (in)justice
  • (Urban) political ecology
  • Activism and social movement studies
  • Feminist and queer ecologies
  • Science and Technology Studies (STS) of agroecology and genetic engineering

Biographical details

Anneleen Kenis is a lecturer in Human Geography at King’s College London. She holds a PhD in the field of Political Ecology (Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, KU Leuven, Belgium) and master degrees in Psychology (KU Leuven, Belgium) and Sustainable Development and Human Ecology (VUB, Belgium). She has enjoyed visiting scholarships at the Department of Human Geography at Lund University, the Environmental Research Group at King’s College London, and the Department of Geography at the University of Cambridge.

Before starting lecturing at King’s, she has worked on two individual research grants funded by the Research Foundation Flanders. The first project was entitled ‘Just Air: The Spatial Politics of Urban Air Pollution’. It studied how particular spatial framings of air pollution can contribute to its (de)politicisation. The key aim was to understand how this can open up or close down spaces for questioning environmental injustices and promoting democratic rather than technocratic solutions.

The second research project, which she is currently finalising, is entitled ‘Time and The Political: Navigating the Temporalities of Climate Change’, and deals with the role of emergency discourses, clashing temporalities, intergenerational conflicts and imaginaries on historical time in (de)politicising climate change. Examples include the movable deadlines of climate modelling, the monotonous ticking of the climate clock, the rise and fall of new climate movements, and the emergence of technocratic solutions, such as geo-engineering, which are increasingly promoted by referring to the need to pull the ‘emergency brake’ or to ‘buy time’.

She has also worked as a research associate on a large interdisciplinary EU-funded FP7 project (SEFIRA  Socio-Economic Implications For Individual Responses to Air Pollution Policies in EU+27).

Other topics which Anneleen has worked on, in the context of her PhD research and afterwards, include the marketisation and commodification of climate change in Green Economy discourses, the (post)politics of Transition Management, localisation initiatives like Transition Towns, Climate Justice movements, feminism and reproductive struggles, agroecology, Science and Technology Studies (STS) and the Field Liberation Movement.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action


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