Lecturer in Research Architecture
Ifor Duncan is a writer and inter-disciplinary researcher with a specific focus on the overlaps of political violence with degrading watery spaces, processes, and materialities. He encounters these concerns through visual cultures, cultural memory, and fieldwork practice. He completed his PhD at the Centre for Research Architecture, where he developed the concept of necro-hydrology, to address the ways watery properties are instrumentalised through border regimes, as technologies of obfuscation, and weaponised against marginalised communities. He is a 2020-21 post-doctoral fellow in environmental humanities at the Center for the Humanities and Social Change at Ca'Foscari University of Venice. His current research project, Submergences, proposes to flip the lens on such necro-hydrologies to explore how riverine knowledges and practices can be mobilised to imagine alternate strategies of resistance against forms of environmental weaponisation. Ifor has taught at CRA and on the Media Studies programme in the School of Architecture at the Royal College of Art.