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 the 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 Theory, Culture and Society, New Formations, Time and Society, Feminist Theory and the Journal of Environmental Philosophy.
She is the editor of three collections including Participatory Research in more-than-human worlds (Routledge).
Michelle has been involved in setting up, or contributing to, a number of academic networks including the Temporal Belongings Network, the Transition Research Network, the Extinction Studies Working Group, and the Edinburgh Environmental Humanities Network.
Michelle is the course organiser for the core course Architectural Theory, as well as PG seminars on Topics in Environmental Humanities and Time, Place, Belonging: understanding time in society.
Michelle is currently working on a number of different projects, including a book manuscript addressing the possiblities of an interdisciplinary critical time studies.
With Larissa Pschetz in design she is working on a project on Temporal Design which looks at the possibilities of introducing critical approaches to the design of time-keeping tools. This is also part of a larger project to develop a Critical Horology, as a clock-focused counterpart to the geographical interest in Critical Cartography.
Finally, with the Edinburgh Environmental Humanities Network she is involved in a project looking at extinctions, deep waters and deep time.