The School of Geography, Politics and Sociology

Staff Profile

Professor Alastair Bonnett

Professor of Social Geography

Research

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, 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; memory and nostalgia studies; whiteness; racialisation; anti-racism; ethnicity; psychogeography; the avant-garde; activism.

Current PhD Students:

Joe Herbert (2017-) 'New Green Activism: A Transnational Study' (with Helen Jarvis and Gareth Powells)

Maddy Thompson (2014-) 'Migrant Destinations and the Geographical Imaginations of Nurses and Nurse Students in Metro Manila, the Philippines' (with Anoop Nayak)

Philippa Carter (2016-) 'Memory and Post-memory in the Derwent Valley' (with Rhiannon Mason and Helen Jarvis)

Johnny Finn (2016-) 'Memory and Identity on Post-industrial Tyneside' (with Anoop Nayak and Michael Richardson)

Daniel Gane (2016-) 'The Idea of the Self and the Experience of the Long Sea-Voyage and Maritime Exploration in the Eighteenth Century' (with Matthew Grenby and Laura Kirkley) 

Isabel Williams (2015-) 'Cartographies of heritage' (with Rachel Woodward and Wen Lin)

Novieta Sari (2017-) 'Participatory planning in Indonesia' (with Jon Pugh and Gareth Powells)


Some past PhD students:

Alex Macleod (2011-2016)  'Occidentalism in 'Post-Western' South-East Asia' (with Simon Philpott)

Francesca Fois (2013-2015) 'Utopian Communities' (with Helen Jarvis)

Robin Finlay (2011-2016) ‘Living with the Other’: Race, Religion and the Performance of Immigrant Identities in Grenada, Spain (with Anoop Nayak) 

Jennifer Lloyd (2011-2015) 'Embodied experiences of female transnationals'  (with Peter Hopkins) 

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

 


Projects: 

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

Catherine Cookson Foundation, 2015, North East Heritage Research website

http://www.northeastheritage.co.uk/


Teaching

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

Publications