Emmy Laura Perez Fjalland

Emmy Laura Perez Fjalland


I am a Postdoctoral Researcher within a project about the experience of health, wellbeing and relations among older people living in a deprived and marginalised area that is under re-construction - spatially, materially and socially. We work with participatory methods, mobile methods and co-creation. 

I believe in curious, experimental, collaborative and interdisciplinary research. Unruly worlds need unruly questions need unruly investigations need unruly answers! I mainly work with collaborative and public ethnography, participatory, visual and performative methods, and situated knowledges and more-than-representational styles. I am interested in how humans and non-humans biosocially, affectively, bodily, and spatially respond with environmental and climate change, and in this relation explore reparative worlding and terraforming (way of inhabitating this planet). 

I participate in the exploration of this question from a humanist background in philosophy, history, language and culture studies (Roskilde University, DK) and specialised in stories, storytelling, entanglements, mobilities, ecologies, food and cultural geography. I follow practices and thoughts related to multispecies diversity, coexistence and livability; (slow) activism, change and transition; entanglements and relations; care, affect and ethics; privilege and inequality; knowledge practices and makers; science, stories and technologies; cultures, ecologies and landscapes; food and its biosocial collaboration; places, spaces and architectures. I wish to bring attention to a sensitivity for the complexity of lived life and the fertile practices of mundane life and more-than-human worlds.

I am engaged with the practices outside university through collaborations, conversations, writings and thinking together as I find this utterly important, fruitful and meaningful. I am currently assisting the curator of the Venice Biennale 2019 themed ‘Connectedness’, connected with the ethnographic consultancy company carlberg/christensen, and writing with ‘The Preserve Journal’. Together with fellows, I am currently establishing a collective with architects, writers, gartners, performance artists, documentarists, curators and researchers to explore coexistence, care and ecologies.

I collaborate with international and national research communities in my field and I have been board member of the Cosmobilities Network for five years. Among others, I was first editor and main writer of the report ‘Sharing Cities: A Co-Created Magazine on the Sharing Economy of Cities and Local Communities’ (Danish Architecture Centre, 2017) and co-editor of the anthology ‘Experiencing Networked Urban Mobilities: Practices, Flows, Methods’ (Routledge, 2018). 

My PhDRebellious Waste & Food: Searching for reparative futures within urban-rural landscapes” takes its departure in the current situation of environmental and climate change and focus on food, waste and for what I identify as ‘reparative practices’ and  ‘response-abilities’. It is based on a multi-sited, interdisciplinary and collaborative fieldwork over three years in Denmark. Methodologically, I hinge on three different grips, inspired namely by Ursula K. Le Guin, Phillip Vannini, Donna Haraway and Andrew Abbott. The grips are: thinking with carrier bags, thinking with time stretching (thick presents) and working with the other-than-narrative. In the search for abilities to respond to environmental change, this collecting- and communicating-practice indicates one of the essential points of my work: the search for the other stories of ongoingness and unrulyness; that we must keep moving and trying out different solutions on our ways; significantly move beyond disciplinary borders; we must unsettle. Using the carrier bag as a recurring figure throughout the study, has for me, been about rethinking response-abilities and stories - real stories, stories of life, stories for living on, stories about ‘a chicken-and-egg’-situation.

Selected publications

  1. Reparative Practices: Invitations from mundane urban ecologies

    Fjalland, E. L. P. & Samson, K., May 2019.

    Research output: Contribution to conferencePaperResearchpeer-review

  2. Rebellious Waste & Food: Searching for reparative futures within urban-rural landscapes

    Fjalland, E. L. P., 10 Mar 2019, (Accepted/In press) Ph.D.skolen for Mennesker og Teknologi. RUC.

    Research output: Book/ReportPh.D. thesisResearch

  3. Travels, Typing and Tales

    Fjalland, E. L. P., 15 Jan 2018, Experiencing Networked Urban Mobilities: Practices, Flows, Methods. Freudendal-Pedersen, M., Hartmann-Petersen, K. & Perez Fjalland, E. L. (eds.). New York: Routledge, p. 163-169 (Networked Urban Mobilities Series; No. 2).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapterResearchpeer-review

  4. A Carrier Bag Story of (waste) food, hens and the sharing economy

    Perez Fjalland, E. L., 20 Feb 2018, In : Applied Mobilities. 3, 1, p. 34-50

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

  5. The Conch Manifesto

    Samson, K., Fjalland, E. L. P. & Juhlin, C. L. Z., Apr 2019, 2 p. Arkitekturforlaget B.

    Research output: Other contributionCommissioned

  6. Editorial: A Co-Created Magazine on the Sharing Economy of Cities and Local Communities

    Fjalland, E. L. P. & Grave, A., 16 May 2017, Sharing City: A Co-Created Magazine on the Sharing Economy of Cities and Local Communities. Laura Perez Fjalland, E. & Landbo, B. (eds.). København: Dansk Arkitektur Center, p. 11-15

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapterCommunication

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