Dr Delacey Tedesco


Lecturer (Cornwall)

My work centres on contemporary claims about transitions in politics, with a particular interest in tracing the enactments of global politics in seemingly minor contexts: local politics, built environments, aesthetic practices, and personal interactions. I work with a range of transdisciplinary methods, crossing politics, geography, and aesthetics, to understand the forces that stabilize and destabilize modern configurations of politics and international relations. I am drawn to points of perceived insecurity, such as local/global urbanization and settler coloniality/decolonization, and to phenomena often dismissed as cultural or ephemeral, such as fashion, through which people intervene in these seemingly abstract or reified process. I am fascinated by the challenge of trying to study and engage politics in times and places when the core of the term has been brought into question. While my work primarily intersects critical political and international relations theory and critical urban and geopolitics, I avidly work across environmental political theory, postcolonial theory, critical security studies, and political aesthetics. 

My teaching is grounded in the belief that to truly excel, students need to be challenged, engaged, and supported, and so my courses combine research-led instruction, community-connected learning, and professional skills development. I have taught across political theory and urban, political, and human geography. In my classes I emphasize students' capacity to connect course material to their lived contexts, working to bring the world into our debates and working wherever possible to take students out into the world, through field trips and other activities. I am well-prepared to supervise postgraduate students in international relations theory, critical political geography, poststructuralist political theory, urban and international political ecology, settler-colonialism and decolonization in the Global North, and everyday politics of security/insecurity.