The School of Geography, Politics and Sociology

Power, Space, Politics


Geography at Newcastle University has a particular research strength examining the expression of political power across space. We do this at a range of scales, from the international and national to the individual, and with reference to a range of global contexts.

Our explorations of power, space and politics range from group and individual negotiations of identity and political action to the lived experiences of political transformation.

We innovatively draw on ethnographic, discourse analytic, participatory and visual methodologies to come up with grounded, informed reflections on the multiple ways in which concepts of power, space and politics intersect.

We share, and make explicit, through our work a desire to produce cutting-edge research which has utility for policy and user communities.

The co-ordinator of this cluster is Matt Benwell.


Our research group staff have significant experience and expertise in analysis of power and politics in relation to space.

StaffList: Power, Space, Politics

Dr Matt Benwell
Lecturer in Human Geography

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 3935

Professor Peter Hopkins
Professor of Social Geography and Research Director for Geography

Telephone: (0191) 208 3924

Dr Neil Jenkings
Senior Research Associate

Telephone: +44 (0)191 208 3806

Dr Craig Jones
Lecturer in Political Geography

Telephone: 0191 208 3960

Dr Robert Lawshaw
Lecturer in Geography

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 3918

Dr Kathryn Manzo
Senior Lecturer

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6454

Dr Nick Megoran
Reader in Political Geography

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6450

Professor Rachel Pain
Professor of Human Geography


Telephone: +44 (0)191 208 3557

Dr Jonathan Pugh
Senior Academic Fellow

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6425

Dr Alison Williams
Senior Lecturer in Political Geography & Geography Degree Programme Director (L701/F800/FH82)

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 8489

Professor Rachel Woodward
Professor of Human Geography

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6434

Postgraduates' Projects

Our postgraduates are working on a wide variety of power, space, politics subjects. These range from women's political participation in trade unions in Chile to securing livelihoods in Peru through fair trade.

Eleojo Abubakar The Socio-Spatial Coverage and Inequality of Healthcare Services in Nigeria

Quan Gao

Religion, migration and the (post)secular city: politics and poetics of migrant-worker Christians in post-reform Shenzhen, China
Panayiotis Hadjipavlis The Peculiarities of Cyprus' Airspace - Implications for Modern State Sovereignty
Matthew Hanchard Anchoring securities and mobilities: towards a digital sociology of maps
Nathar Iqbal Exploring everyday social and political geographies and encounters of non-heterosexual Muslims in the UK
Matthew Kearns Military masculinities and recruitment practices in the British Armed Forces
Hannah Lyons Assembling the nation: spatialising young, religious American's affective experiences of the nation, fear and danger in the everyday
Stefan Rzedzian Indigenous Empowerment, Extractive Industries and the Rights of Nature: Assessing Ecuador's "Revolutionary" Political Framework
Matthew Scott Technogeopolitics and the Berlin-Baghdad Railway
Lexy Seedhouse Be(com)ing Indigenous in the Time of Extraction: (Re)articulating Identities in the Context of Peru’s Ley de Consulta Previa.
Andrea Wilkinson Climate Change and Fairtrade Agriculture – Securing Livelihoods in Peru
Isabel Williams Cartographies of Heritage: Mapping the Interpretations of Landscape