Having become a professional contrarian even before becoming a professional, I found refuge in that age-old shelter for dissatisfied types worldwide: the academia. I occasionally ventured outside of the proverbial ivory tower, but having found no other place that seems better whilst simultaneously harbouring the same amount of humans with predilection for reading and discussing ideas, I decided to stay.
I am interested in what we – as humans – can know, how the fact we’re human influences what we know, and how what we know influences what we do. Academically speaking, that translates to an interest in sociology and philosophy of knowledge, cognition and agency, and social theory and epistemology. I also have a fascination with how humans relate to each other, and how we can ensure this happens in the least oppressive way possible. This, among other things, translates into an interest in politics and policy.
I am lucky to have lived in five countries – Serbia, UK, Hungary, Denmark, and New Zealand – and seven different cities, and have spent a large part of my adult life trying to not stay around too long in any. That has changed – I very much enjoy living and working in the UK – but I still love travelling, especially to places I haven’t been before.
When I don’t think and write, or travel, I sometimes teach – used to do much more of that in the past – but most of my time is focused on research. I also occasionally consult, particularly on topics related to universities’ relationships with the public, education and education policies.
I can get by in a few languages but tend to read, write and express myself in English.
I listen to music. A lot. Always when I’m walking or commuting. Actually, there are very few activities I consider more pleasurable than that. I walk a lot. I also cycle. I would really, really like to be able to spend more time on boats, mostly so I could be closer to the sea. I am a huge fan of the sea, even if in the form of oceans.
I read. Everything. You’ve been warned.