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Department of Geography

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Dr Elizabeth Johnson, PhD, Geography, University of Minnesota, 2011

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Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 41831
Fax: +44 (0) 191 33 41801
Room number: 206

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PhD, Geography, University of Minnesota, 2011

MA, Geography, University of Minnesota, 2007

BA, Geography and Environmental Studies, Clark University, 2001

Elizabeth Johnson writes on developing fields like biomimicry and biotechnology and their influence on how we inhabit our environment. She is currently working on a book, Life’s Work: the Politics of Biological Productivity. The manuscript draws on interviews and ethnographic material to show how the biosciences are reshaping life and value by reimagining nonhuman bodies and behaviors as a resource for innovation. Chapters describe several biomimetic and biotech projects, including the making of robotic lobsters, robotic bees, and gecko adhesion, as well as the unmaking of jellyfish.

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