Dr Matej Blazek
Lecturer in Human Geography
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Telephone: +44 (0) 1912 087059
- Address: 3.73c Daysh Building
Newcastle Upon Tyne
I joined Newcastle in January 2017, following lectureship at the Loughborough University (2012-2016). Before that, I briefly worked for the International Organization for Migration.
My PhD was at the University of Dundee (2011) and MA in Human Geography at the Newcastle University (2007). My first degree was at the Comenius University in Bratislava (2006). Additionally I have Certificate of Higher Education in Counselling from the University of Leicester (2016) and Postgraduate Certificate of Academic Practice from the Loughborough University (2016).
I am a social geographer interested in agency and marginalisation. Ultimately, I explore how people too often found to lack capacities to act can transform their lives, their communities, and the world far beyond. I tend to work collaboratively and my commitment is to mutual engagement with partners from outside academia. Thematically, my research has evolved around two areas: childhood and marginalised migrants.
My research on childhood has been examining the formation of children's agency in relation to a range of factors, from the institutional governance of childhood to embodiment and everyday materialities. Exploring new modes and spaces of engagement with children, I am looking to reconceptualise children as actors with transformative potential. Other interests include geographies of children's emotions with relevance to politics and policy of childhood, collaborative practitioner-based methodologies, particularly ethnography and participatory video, care ethics and geographies of youth work.
The (more recent) focus on migration has developed with a focus on everyday experiences of migrants in insecure and marginalised contexts. More specifically, I have been exploring relations between violence, power and agency. My current research explores human trafficking between Eastern Europe and the United Kingdom.
* My feedback, guidance and consultation hours in Semester 1, 2017/18:
Tuesday: 1-3pm (except for 24th October) and Wednesday: 12-1pm
In 2017/18, I am involved in the teaching of the following modules:
- Contemporary Human Geography of the UK (Module Leader)
Additionally, I am the Peer Mentoring Coordinator for Geography and Geography Student Advisor for Combined Honours and would be happy to talk to students participating in these schemes.
- Blazek M. Rematerialising Children's Agency: Everyday Practices in a Post-Socialist Estate. Bristol: Policy Press, 2015.
- Blazek M, Kraftl P, ed. Children’s Emotions in Policy and Practice: Mapping and Making Spaces of Childhood. London: Palgrave, 2015.
- Blazek M, Suska P. Towards dialogic post-socialism: Relational geographies of Europe and the notion of community in urban activism in Bratislava . Political Geography 2017, 61, 46-56.
- Askins K, Blazek M. Feeling our way: academia, emotions and a politics of care. Social & Cultural Geography 2017, 18(8), 1086-1105.
- Smith FM, Blazek M, Brown DM, van Blerk L. 'It's good but it's not enough': the relational geographies of social policy and youth mentoring interventions. Social & Cultural Geography 2016, 17(7), 959-979.
- Blazek M. Participatory video with children and young people. In: Evans, Ruth; Holt, Louise; Skelton, Tracey, ed. Methodological Approaches. Singapore: Springer, 2017, pp.243-260.
- Smith FM, Blazek M, Brown DM, van Blerk L. The relational spaces of mentoring with young people 'at risk'. In: Jupp, Eleanor; Pykett, Jessica; Smith, Fiona M, ed. Emotional States: Sites and spaces of affective governance. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge, 2017.
- Blazek M, Smith FM, Lemešová M, Hricová P. Ethics of care across professional and everyday positionalities: The (un)expected impacts of participatory video with young female carers in Slovakia. Geoforum 2015, 61, 45-55.
- Blazek M. Labour exploitation of non-EU migrants in Slovakia: patterns, implications and structural violence. In: Craig, G., Waite, L., Lewis, H., Skrivankova, K, ed. Vulnerability, Exploitation and Migrants: Insecure Work in a Globalised Economy. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015, pp.72-85.
- Blazek M. Children's emotional geographies: politics of difference and practices of engagement. In: Hackett, Abigail; Procter, Lisa; Seymour, Julie, ed. Children's Spatialities: Embodiment, Emotion and Agency. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015, pp.95-111.
- Blazek M, Hricová P. Understanding (how to be with) children's emotions: relationships, spaces and politics of reconnection in reflections from detached youth work. In: Kraftl, Peter, ed. Children's Emotions in Policy and Practice: Mapping and Making Spaces of Childhood. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015, pp.204-220.
- Blazek M, Kraftl P. Introduction: children's emotions in policy and practice. In: Blazek, M. and Kraft, P, ed. Children's Emotions in Policy and Practice: Mapping and Making Spaces of Childhood. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015, pp.1-16.
- Kraftl P, Blazek M. Mapping and making spaces of childhood. In: Kraftl, Peter, ed. Children's Emotions in Policy and Practice: Mapping and Making Spaces of Childhood. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015, pp.291-307.
- Blazek M. Migration, vulnerability and the complexity of violence: Experiences of documented non-EU migrants in Slovakia. Geoforum 2014, 56, 101-112.
- Blazek M. Emotions as practice: Anna Freud's child psychoanalysis and thinking-doing children's emotional geographies. Emotion, Space and Society 2013, 9, 24-32.
- Blazek M, Windram-Geddes M. Editorial: Thinking and doing children's emotional geographies. Emotion, Space and Society 2013, 9, 1-3.
- Blazek M, Hranova P. Emerging relationships and diverse motivations and benefits in participatory video with young people. Children's Geographies 2012, 10(2), 151-168.
- Blazek M. Place, children's friendships, and the formation of gender identities in a Slovak urban neighbourhood. Children's Geographies 2011, 9(3-4), 285-302.