Marnina Lefebvre

Marnina Lefebvre

DPhil, Social and Cultural Anthropology

St Cross College

Thesis: Technology, constructive ambiguity, and the body: deconstructing the smart city

Research: My research focuses on the construction of smart city narratives. Broadly speaking, I am exploring the production of knowledge, specifically, areas of cooperation and contestation, competing narratives, and constructive ambiguity. I am also exploring the impact of smart technology on the relationship between the built environment and the body. My fieldwork is based in Oxford, and will examine the multiple ways in which various actors involved in the smart city initiative negotiate social, political, and economic ideas of urban development and enhancement, and how these activities factor in the city-making experience.

Other research interests: Corporate anthropology, international business and law, cross-cultural management.