The School of Geography, Politics and Sociology

Staff Profile

Dr Matej Blazek

Lecturer in Human Geography


I am a social geographer with separate but inter-connected interests in childhood and in marginalised migrants. What brings these two themes together is the focus on agency and commitment to collaborative praxis beyond research itself.

Work history:

2017 onwards: Lecturer in Human Geography, Newcastle University

2012-2016: Lecturer in Human Geography, Loughborough University

2012-2013: Researcher, International Organization for Migration


2016:Certificate of Higher Education in Counselling, University of Leicester 

2016: Postgraduate Certificate of Academic Practice, Loughborough University

2011: PhD in Geography, University of Dudee

2007: MA in Human Geography (Research), Newcastle University

2006: BSc in Geography and Cartography, Comenius University Bratislava


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 work looks at human trafficking between Eastern Europe and the United Kingdom and Eastern European Roma people in the UK after Brexit.


* My feedback, guidance and consultation hours in Semester 2, 2017/18:
Tuesday: 10-11am and 2-3pm  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.