Dr. Anna Jackman



College: College of Life and Environmental Sciences
Discipline: Geography
Department: Human Geography

I am a political geographer interested in the intersections between technology, culture, and warfare. More specifically, I am interested in conceptual questions around technological mobilities, visibilities, and futures; aerial and robotic securities; and contemporary warfare and militarised practice. An early career researcher, I completed a PhD in Human Geography at the University of Exeter, passing my viva with minor corrections in December 2016. Entitled ‘Unmanned geographies: Drone visions and visions of the drone’, my PhD research explored the propagation of drones in particular military, commercial, and civilian contexts. My PhD research involved the study of the military and non-military drone through an investigation of its proponent communities, namely actors such as military, governments, regulators, and industry involved in compelling and propelling the drone’s functioning. Engaging with political and cultural geography, and geographies of technology, mobility, militarism and vision, my research interrogated the drone as a: technological arbiter, mobile platform, and an imaging platform expanding the range of capture of the ‘target’ body. At present, I am employed as a part time Associate Research Fellow on the Ludic Geopolitics project, and as a part time Research Assistant on the Mapping Sense of Place project. I am a member of the Space, Politics and Society research group at the University of Exeter and a postgraduate fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.

Prior to undertaking my PhD, I completed the MRes Critical Human Geographies course at the University of Exeter, graduating in 2012 with a Distinction. My PhD and MRes were funded by the Economic and Social Research Council. I spent a number of months working at the Google EU HQ office in 2011 after completing my undergraduate studies in 2010. I received a First in my Geography and Business Management BA at The University Exeter, and was awarded the Flexible Combined Honours final year academic prize.

Email: ahj203@exeter.ac.uk 
Twitter: @ahjackman