The School of Geography, Politics and Sociology

Staff Profile

Dr Matej Blazek

Lecturer in Human Geography


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:

Stage 1

Stage 2 

Stage 3

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.