- Ph.D. (Philosophy), 2010, Department of Theory and Policy Studies, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto, Canada
- M.A. (Philosophy), 2005, Department of Philosophy, Université d’Ottawa, Canada
- B.Hum. (Liberal Arts), 2003, College of the Humanities, Carleton University, Canada
- Theory & Policy Studies
- Resilience in Complex Urban Systems
- Social Media & GeoSocial Intelligence
- Applied Philosophical Inquiry
- Anthropocene Thesis & Colonial-Scientific History
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Etienne Turpin is Vice-Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the SMART Infrastructure Facility, Faculty of Engineering & Information Sciences, and Associate Research Fellow at the Australian Center for Cultural Environmental Research, Department of Geography and Sustainable Communities, University of Wollongong, Australia.
With Dr Tomas Holderness, Etienne is co-principal investigator of the PetaJakarta.org research project, developed as collaboration among the SMART GeoSocial Intelligence Research Group and SMART OSGeo Lab, the Jakarta Emergency Management Agency (BPBD DKI Jakarta), and Twitter Inc. The project is exploring the practical potential for integrative big and small data collection through a GeoSocial Intelligence Framework while also examining the political and theoretical questions emerging from these major urban data collection processes. Within this constellation, Etienne's research aims to co-produce strategies for community resistance and social resilience among informal settlements of the urban poor facing the combined violence of climate change and rapid development. His research contributes to new approaches for integrating spatial and temporal data mining techniques with community-led data collection practices to facilitate the co-management of civic infrastructure and urban resources for climate adaptation in coastal megacities in Asia.
Etienne is also the founder and director of anexact office, a design research practice operating on the shifting conceptual and physical terrain of the Anthropocene through the interventive study of urbanization processes, knowledge infrastructures, data polities, and practices of solidarity and mutual aid. The office is committed to applied research on urbanism, curatorial and artistic experimentation, and philosophical inquiry; the office operates as both a vehicle for inquiry and a platform for assembly, with the objective of providing new tools, techniques, and methods for practices of mutual aid.
He is the editor of Architecture in the Anthropocene: Encounters Among Design, Deep Time, Science and Philosophy (Ann Arbor: Open Humanities Press, 2013); and, co-editor of Art in the Anthropocene: Encounters Among Aesthetics, Politics, Environments and Epistemologies (London: Open Humanities Press, forthcoming 2015), and Jakarta: Architecture + Adaptation (Depok: Universitas Indonesia Press, 2013). His first monograph, Terrible is the Earth (forthcoming 2016), considers episodes of intense interactivity among philosophical, infrastructural, and ethical registers pressurized by perceived and intended tellurian hostility.
He is co-curator of the international exhibition 125.660 Spesimen Sejarah Alam [125,660 Specimens of Natural History], which debuts at Komunitas Salihara in Jakarta, Indonesia, in August 2015, before travelling to various European institutions. As a member of the SYNAPSE International Curators' Network of the Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin, Germany, he is also the co-editor of the intercalations: paginated exhibition series in the context of Das Anthropozän-Projekt. With Anna-Sophie Springer, he is co-editor of Fantasies of the Library (Berlin: K. Verlag & Haus der Kulturen der Welt, 2015), and Land & Animal & Nonanimal (Berlin: K. Verlag & Haus der Kulturen der Welt, 2015).
Etienne completed his Ph.D. in Philosophy at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto, Canada. He has taught design and theory at the College of Environmental Design, UC Berkeley; the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, University of Michigan; and, the Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design, University of Toronto. His research has been reported on by The Wall Street Journal, National Geographic, BBC International, and CNN, among others, and supported by a number of prestigious grants, including those awarded by the Australian National Data Service, the New Colombo Plan of the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the Australian-Indonesian Facility for Disaster Reduction, and Twitter's OSS #DataGrant.