ESRC Postdoctoral Research Fellow
- Associate Member of Christ Church College, Oxford
Harry joined the School of Geography and the Environment in October 2018 as an ESRC Postdoctoral Fellow. He completed his PhD at the London School of Economics and Political Science, supported by the Economic and Social Research Council.
Before joining Oxford, Harry worked as a Lecturer in Human Geography at the University of the West of England (2017-2018), teaching various topics in social and urban geography, including urban change in the Global South, migration, youth and ageing, and qualitative methods.
Harry's research interests encompass the emotional geographies of contemporary capitalism, using ethnographic methods and a contextual focus on Egypt and the Gulf.
Harry's current research combines a focus on emotion and affect, with understanding how capitalist relations become more entrenched in everyday life, by exploring the emotional life of precarious work among young educated underemployed Egyptian men, specifically asking how they hang on to hope. Harry is currently working on a book manuscript which argues that a precarious labour market in Egypt produces emotional oscillation among young men who are trying to secure a career and durable intimacy. He argues that they are repeatedly pushed into states of anxiety, frustration, and depression as a result of their inability to secure work, but constantly relocate hope through various meritocratic industries such as self-help, training, entrepreneurship, and recruitment, which extend and make money from the cruel promise that future success is possible through hard work.
Harry is now extending this project into understanding the impact of migration on the emotional life of precarity, following young Egyptians who have migrated to the Gulf.