Official Title: Assistant Professor | Head of the Department of History and Heritage | Coordinator for the Research Laboratory for Cultural Sustainability

Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Humanities


Short Bio

Held various researcher positions at Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Halle, Germany, the Institute of Social Futures and CeMoRe, Lancaster University, UK and the Institute for Advanced Studies for Science, Technology, and Society, Graz, Austria. He was a senior lecturer in Sustainable Mobilities at Nuertingen-Geislingen University, Germany. Co-founded Thematic Group and later Research Committee RC57 Visual Sociology in International Sociological Association.

Currently an active member of Urban Transitions Hub (Lisbon, Portugal) and a member of European Association of Chinese Studies. Since 2022 he is a founding co-editor of the book series "Social Visualities" at Palgrave. Since 2021 on editorial board of journals Mobilities and Visual Studies (both Taylor&Francis),

 His publications span different disciplines: urban studies, visual media, sociology, science and technology studies, arctic social sciences and transportation studies. He has conducted extensive fieldwork in mainland China and Macau, Portugal, and circumpolar areas of Russia and Argentina.

In 2018 he published first book-length study on e-bikes: "Urban Mobility in Modern China: The Growth of the E-Bike" with Palgrave McMillan.

 Languages: Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian, Turkish, Norwegian, Italian, English

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Coral empire: underwater oceans, colonial tropics, visual modernity. (2022) Visual Studies

Temporary Labour Mobility and Gendered Individualisation in Europe. Mobilities (forthcoming, 2022) (with I. Harslof)

Tourist’s Mobilities: Walking, Cycling, Driving and Waiting. Tourist Studies. 2021, 21(1) (with K. Hannam, G. Batler, A. Witte),

Anxious immobilities: An ethnography of coping with contagion (Covid-19) In Macau. Mobilities. 2021, 16(1), (with K. Hannam)

Aerial Visibilities: Towards a Visual Sociology of the Sky. Introduction to the Special Issue. Visual Studies. 2020, 35(5), (with G. Bratchford)

 The Citizen-Drone: Protest, Sousveillance and Droneviewing, Visual Studies, 2020, 35(5) (with G. Bratchford)

 Development of e-bike as a technological innovation system in China: institutionalization stage, Applied Mobilities, 2020, 5(4)

Sustainable Cycling Futures: Can Cycling be the Future? Applied Mobilities, 5(3): 225-231, (with K. Psarikidou and C. Popan)

 Digital afterlife: (eco)civilizational politics of the site and the sight of e-waste in China, Anthropology Today, (2018). 34(6).

 Where is the politics? E-bike mobility in urban China and civilizational government. Environmental Innovation and Societal Transition 2018 (online first), special issue on “Low Carbon China”. (with D. Tyfield and J. Urry).

 Stasis, dynamism and emergence of the e-mobility system in China: A power relational perspective, Technological Forecasting & Social Change 2017. 126: 259-270 (with D. Tyfield).

 Neojihadist Visual Politics: comparing YouTube videos of the North Caucasus and Uighur militants. Asian Studies Review. 2015. 39(1), 1-22, (with M. Vergani).

 Reconstructing the Antarctic Tourist Interaction Ritual Chain: visual sociological perspective. The Polar Journal. 2015. 5(1):146-169, (with D. Picard).

Performing national identity: the many logics of national(ist) spectacle. Nations and Nationalism. 2014. 20(2):191-199, (with F. Virchow).

 The tourist plot: Antarctica and the modernity of nature. Annals of Tourism Research. 2014. 45(1):102–115. (with D. Picard).

 Couchsurfing along the Trans-Siberian Railway and Beyond: cosmopolitan learning through hospitality in Siberia. Sibirica. 2013. 12(1):56-82.

Couchsurfing as a Spatial Practice: accessing and producing xenotopos, Hospitality and Society. 2011. 1(3):227-244.

 The Russian Ultranationalist Movement on the Internet: Actors, Communities, and Organization of Joint Actions. Post-Soviet Affairs. 2011. 27(2):121–157.

 Analysis of YouTube Videos Used by Activists in the Uyghur Nationalist Movement: combining quantitative and qualitative methods.  Journal of Contemporary China, 2011. 20(69):205–229, (with M. Vergani).

 Visual Dimension of Protest: analysis of ritual interactions during the Russian March. Visual Anthropology. 2010. 23 (3).221-253.

 Movement Against Illegal Immigration: analysis of the central node in the Russian extreme-right movement network. Nations and Nationalism 2010. 16 (2).261–284.

 Lifeform: An Explanation of Prejudices of Young People.  Journal of Social Research & Policy, 2010. 1(2):63-78. (with I. Muranyi and V. Puuronen)

 The practice of free-traveling: young people coping with access in post-soviet Russia Young. Nordic Journal of Youth Research   2008.  16 (1), 5-26.


New Aerial Visions and Scopic Regimes: A Sociology of the Sky, Visual Studies, 2020, 35(5).

Sustainable Cycling Futures, Applied Mobilities, Special Issue editor, September 2020, 5(4).

Nationalist Political Rallies and Cultural Events, Nations&Nationalism, Special issue editor, 2014, 20(2).


 Visual Sociology: Practices and Politics in Contested Spaces. Palgrave McMillan: Cham. 2020. (in co-authorship with Gary Bratchford)

 Urban Mobility in Modern China: The growth of the E-bike. Palgrave McMillan: New York 2018


 Cycling Societies: Innovations, Inequalities and Governance. Routledge Environment and Sustainability Series. New York: Routledge, 2020, (with K. Psarikidou and C. Popan)

Sharing Mobilities: Perspectives for the Mobile Risk Society. Cosmobilities Series. New York: Routledge, 2020, (with M. Freudendal-Pedersen and S. Kesselring)

 Sociology of the Visual Sphere, Routledge Advances in Sociology Series. New York: Routledge, 2013, (with R. Nathansohn)


 Visuality and Infrastructure: the case of the Belt and Road Initiative. In (eds. P. Duarte and  F. Leandro) Palgrave Handbook of Globalization with Chinese Characteristics. (forthcoming 2022). Palgrave: Cham

 The body on fire: self-immolation as spectacle in contentious politics. In (P. Gardner and B. Abrams eds.) Symbolic Objects in Contentious Politics. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, (forthcoming 2021)

 Introduction. Cycling Societies: Innovations, Inequalities and Governance. Routledge Environment and Sustainability Series. New York: Routledge, 2020, (with K. Psarikidou and C. Popan)

Towards a new stage of institutionalisation? Current transition dynamics in the system of e-bike mobility in China. In (eds. D. Zuev, K. Psarikidou, C. Popan) Cycling Societies: Innovations, Inequalities and Governance. New York: Routledge, 2020.

 Revisiting the Local in Macau under COVID-19. Atlas tourist and Leisure Review. Special Issue: Tourism and the Corona crises: Some ATLAS reflections.  2020. (with K. Hannam).

 Mobilities and (Un)Sustainability. In (eds.) M. Buscher, S. Kesselring and M. Freudendal-Pedersen. Handbook of Mobility Studies. 2020. Edward Elgar: Cheltenham (with L. Nitschke)

 Introduction. Sharing Mobilities: Perspectives for the Mobile Risk Society Cosmobilities Series. New York: Routledge. In Sharing Mobilities: Perspectives for the Mobile Risk Society. 2020. (with M. Freudendal-Pedersen and S. Kesselring

 Implications of Infrastructural and Technological Change for Lifestyles in Siberia. In (ed. J.O. Habeck) Lifestyle in Siberia. 2019. OpenBook Publishers: Cambridge (with J.O. Habeck)

 Mobilities and Mobile Methods. In B. Busse and I. Warnke (eds.) Handbook of Language in Urban Space. De Gruyter (forthcoming in 2022) (with M. Buscher)

 Low Carbon Mobility Transitions in China. In Higham, J. and Hopkins D. (eds.) Handbook of Low Carbon Mobility Transitions. Goodfellow Publishers: Oxford 2016, pp. 247-255 (with D. Tyfield)

 Visual Methods in Event Studies. In T. Pernecky (ed.) Routledge Advances in Event Studies. Routledge: New York 2016, pp.96-119

 Cities and Visual Consumption. Blackwell Encyclopedia of Consumption and Consumer Studies. Wiley-Blackwell. 2015

 Internet and consumption.  Blackwell Encyclopedia of Consumption and Consumer Studies. Wiley-Blackwell. 2015

 Waste.  Blackwell Encyclopedia of Consumption and Consumer Studies. Wiley-Blackwell. 2015 (with S. Di Chiazza)

 Hosting Marco in Siberia: Tourism and Regimes of Hospitality in an “out of the way” place.  In D. Picard and S. Buchberger (eds.) Couchsurfing Cosmopolitanisms Can tourism make a better world? Transcript Verlag. Bielefeld. 2013

 Visual Sociology, Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology. Ritzer, George (ed). Blackwell Publishing, 2013. Blackwell Reference Online. 29 June 2014 (with R. Nathansohn)

 Introducing Visual Sphere. in D. Zuev, R.Nathansohn (eds.), “Sociology of Visual Sphere”, Routledge Advances in Sociology Series. Taylor and Francis Group.  2013. (with R. Nathansohn)


 Transport and Mobility. Input paper for the Horizon Scanning Project “The Effective and Ethical Development of Artificial Intelligence: An Opportunity to Improve Our Wellbeing” on behalf of the Australian Council of Learned Academies, 2018, (with Kesselring, S. and  Servou E. ).

 The Politics and Practices of Low-Carbon Urban Mobility in China: 4 Future Scenarios. CeMoRe report. June, 2016. (with D. Tyfield, P.Li and J. Urry)

 Low Carbon Innovation in Chinese Urban Mobility: Prospects, Politics and Practices. STEPS Working Paper 71, Brighton: STEPS Centre. 2014. (with D. Tyfield, P. Li and J. Urry)

 Low-Carbon Innovation in China: Prospects, Politics and Practices. STEPS Working Paper 69, Brighton: STEPS Centre. 2014 (with D. Tyfield, A. Ely, F. Urban, S. Geall and J. Urry)





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