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Michelle Bastian

Chancellor's Fellow (Senior Lecturer)

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Willingness to take PhD students: Yes

I am available for supervision and co-supervision. I am interested in working with students looking at issues to do with social aspects of time, multispecies and more-than-human research, time and design, and environmental humanities approaches.

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), University of New South Wales
Communities out of joint: A consideration of the role of temporality in rethinking community
Bachelor of Arts, Australian National University
Haraway's Missing Cyborg


Michelle Bastian works in the areas of critical time studies and environmental humanities, with a particular focus on the relationship between time and belonging.

She completed her PhD in Philosophy at the University of New South Wales, and was a Research Associate at the Centre for Research on Socio-Cultural Change, University of Manchester, before taking up her current role in Edinburgh.

Since 2013 she has been involved in eight AHRC funded research projects, five as principal investigator. These projects looked at time and community, local food projects, sustainable economies, temporal design and transition towns.

Her work has been published in a range of journals including GeoHumanities, Parallax, Theory, Culture and SocietyNew FormationsTime and SocietyFeminist Theory and the Journal of Environmental Philosophy.

Michelle is an editor of four collections including Field Philosophy and Other Experiments (Parallax, 2019), Unexpected Encounters with Deep Time (Environmental Humanities, 2018) and Participatory Research in More-than-Human Worlds (Routledge, 2016), and is an Editor-in-Chief for the journal Time & Society (SAGE).

Michelle is the founder and convenor of the Temporal Belongings Network, member of the steering committee for the Edinburgh Environmental Humanities Network, founder and convenor of the Edinburgh Time Network, member of the Extinction Studies Working Group and co-founder of the Transition Research Network which she co-cordinated from 2011-2017.

Research Interests

My research focuses on two main areas:

1. Philosophy of social time and social aspects of time-keeping

My work seeks to open up new interdisciplinary conversations between philosophy, the social sciences and design. Building on my areas of expertise within feminist, environmental and continental philosophy, my research has argued that a deeper engagement with social time is necessary to respond to key philosophical questions around the politics of time and the construction of communities. I have demonstrated that such an engagement results in profound challenges to the way that time, and time-reckoning tools, have been treated by philosophers. Moreover my work opens new avenues for exploring philosophical methods, including engagements with designers and field-based research approaches.

2. Concepts and methods for supporting more-than-human communities

Extending my work on the relationship between time and communities to the issue of more-than-human communities I seek to bring critical time studies into conversation with environmental humanities to explore how social concepts of time are involved in the construction of nature as outside of culture and everyday human concerns. In particular I have argued for expanding the scope of relationships we look to when ‘telling time’. A further key aspect of this work has been again to facilitate interdisciplinary dialogues, most clearly exemplified in my work on more-than-human participatory research, which brings human-focused participatory research methods into conversation with multi-species research methods.

Highlighted research outputs

  1. Philosophy Disturbed: Reflections on moving between field and philosophy

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  2. Retelling time in grassroots sustainable economy movements

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  3. Temporal design: Rethinking time in design

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  4. Towards a more-than-human participatory research

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Highlighted research activities & awards

  1. Creative Economy: Critical Perspectives

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  2. Religion and Extinction network meeting

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  3. Field Philosophy and Other Experiments

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

  4. Synchronizing the World. Globalization and Multiple Times

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

  5. The Social Life of Time: power, discrimination and transformation

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

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