Professor Alastair Bonnett
Professor of Social Geography

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  • Address: Room: 2.30
    Daysh Building
    University of Newcastle
    Newcastle upon Tyne
    NE1 7RU

Research Interests

My research falls into four mains areas:
1. The idea of the West;
2. The politics and geography of nostalgia and memory;
3. The international history of anti-racism and 'whiteness';
4. The geographical theories of the European avant-garde.

A wide selection of Professor Bonnett's publications can be downloaded from Newcastle University's 'e-prints service'.

Postgraduate Supervision

I am happy to supervise PhD students across a broad range of social science and historical topics, including: social theory; social and cultural geography; occidentalism; whiteness; racialisation; anti-racism; ethnicity; nostalgia; psychogeography; the avant-garde; activism.

Current PhD Students:

Gillian Denny (2012-) 'Perpetrators of Racist Violence' (with Anoop Nayak) 

Alex Macleod (2011-)  'Occidentalism in 'Post-Western' South-East Asia'  ESRC DTC 3+1.5 (with Simon Philpott)

Robin Finlay (2011-) ‘Living with the Other’: Race, Religion and the Performance of Immigrant Identities in Grenada, Spain (ESRC 1+3) (with Anoop Nayak) 

Jennifer Lloyd (2011-) 'Embodied experiences of female transnationals' (ESRC 1+3 studentship) (with Peer Hopkins) 

Kevin Brice (2011-) 'White British Muslims' (with Peter Hopkins and Anoop Nayak) 

Samatha Coe (2009-) "Rules are not enough when goods conflict" (with Jane Pollard)

Francesca Fois (2013-) 'Utopian Communities' (with Helen Jarvis)

Some past PhD students:

Hazel Sheeky (2008-2012) AHRC Collaborative Studentship 'Children's Literature and the Culture of Exploration: from R.M. Ballantyne to Arthur Ransome' (with Matthew Grenby) 

Kate Botterill (2008-2011) Transnational networks and social mobility among migrant workers from the post-socialist world

Chris Kiernan (2004-2007)Sense of Places: Subjectivism, Reflexivity and Phenomenology (MPhil)

Simon Tate (2002-2007) The Idea of the West in British Politics

Jenny Pickerill (1999-2003)Environmental Activism and the Internet Funding

Andrew Law (1999-2003) Heritage Landscapes and the English Conservation Movement

Anoop Nayak (1996-1999) 'Ivory Lives': Race, Ethnicity and the Practice of Whiteness Amongst Young People




Urban Memory, Nostalgia and Use of the City Amongst Ex-residents of Tyneside. ESRC Research Grant (RES-000-22-3833) Jan. 2010-Jan. 2011
project website:


Undergraduate Teaching

GEO2103 Globalization, Culture and Development
GEO3108 International and Historical Perspectives on Race

Postgraduate Teaching

Degree Programme Director for the MA in Human Geography Research
Courses led:
GEO8017 Human Geography: Concepts in Action
GEO8089 Research Dissertation
GEO8015 Doing Geographical Research