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Dr Christopher Harker
Appointment
  • Lecturer
  • UCL Institute for Global Prosperity
  • Faculty of the Built Environment
Biography

2009-2017. Lecturer, Department of Geography, Durham University, UK. 

2004-2009. PhD in Geography, University of British Columbia, Canada.

2002-2004. MA in Geography, University of British Columbia, Canada.

1999-2002. BSc (Hons) 1st class in Geography, University of Bristol, UK.

Research Summary

My current research examines spatial practices of debt and finance in Palestine, Lebanon and the UK. I am interested in everyday practices of politics and agency and developing alternatives that allow people to both manage existing debt problems and create new forms of flourishing beyond debt. This means asking far reaching questions about how real quality of life can be financed? How we can pay for the societies we want and how we can create more inclusive forms of value? What options are available for the majority of people whose efforts to create meaningful lives are not supported by existing financial systems and relations? How do we move from failing forms of finance and growth economics that creates inequality and ecosystem destruction towards more inclusive and sustainable forms of prosperity?   


My published work advances a spatial conceptualisation of debt. I draw on a decade long ethnographic engagement with the Palestinian city of Ramallah to analyse the role debt plays amidst a broader range of socio-cultural and economic practices to create new modes of living in the face of ongoing colonial occupation. My extensive ethnographic fieldwork offers a rich understanding of the varied debt relations within and beyond Ramallah, and forms of agency I characterise as endurance. I explore these ideas most extensively in my forthcoming monograph, Spacing Debt: Obligations, Endurance and Impasse in Ramallah, Palestine. My research also contributes to postcolonial scholarship concerned with making theory more inclusive, particularly in relation to how we understand urban economies in the global South.

Teaching Summary


  • Debt, Finance and Prosperity 
  • Methods 2: Problem Solving for Global Prosperity

I am Director of the PhD Programme in Global Prosperity

Appointments
08-JAN-2018 Lecturer in Global Prosperity Institute for Global Prosperity UCL, United Kingdom
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