Sarah is a human geographer and qualitative researcher, interested in the temporalities of Southeast Asia’s recurring transboundary haze pollution, revealed through expressed eco-social histories and imagined environmental urban futures. Drawing on her own experiences as a Malaysian growing up in Kuala Lumpur, Sarah uses autoethnography, semi-structured interviews and focus groups to explore the relationship between eco-social histories and ‘risk’ perception, within urban environments in Malaysia. Sarah’s doctoral research is fully funded by the Clarendon Fund, in partnership with Jesus College. Before beginning her DPhil in October 2021, Sarah completed her MSc in Nature, Society and Environmental Governance at Oxford, where her dissertation explored how Malaysians use humour to publicly and politically engage with haze pollution through Internet memes. In 2020, Sarah graduated with a BA in Geography from the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Hazy memories: Exploring the relationship between 'eco-social histories' and risk perception through the lived experience of haze pollution in Malaysia
- Supervisors: Professor Anna Lora-Wainwright; Dr Ariell Ahearn;
- Member: Economy and Society: Transformations and Justice research cluster; Technological Life: Environments, Bodies, Mobilities research cluster;
- Tan, S.H.A. and Smith, T.E.L. (2021) An optimal environment for our optimal selves? An autoethnographic account of self-tracking personal exposure to air pollution. Area, 53(2).