Dr Matt Benwell
Lecturer in Human Geography
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- Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 3935
- Address: Rm 3.71 Daysh Building
School of Geography Politics and Sociology
Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK
Matt is a Lecturer in Human Geography. He is convener of the Power, Space and Politics research cluster and a member of the Geographies of Social Change cluster. Before arriving at Newcastle, he was an Early Career Fellow at Keele University in the Research Institute for Social Sciences. He has extensive experience of teaching human geography at undergraduate and postgraduate levels having been a University Teacher at the University of Liverpool, a Teaching Fellow in Human Geography at the University of Reading and Royal Holloway, University of London (where he completed a PGCert in Teaching Skills for Higher Education). He has a PhD, MA in Cultural Geography and BA (Hons) from Royal Holloway, London.
Matt's research engages with contemporary debates in political and social geography, focusing on how geopolitics is represented, experienced and remembered in people's everyday lives. More specifically, it looks at how young citizens imagine and engage with geopolitical issues, past and present, across a host of different geographies encompassing institutional, domestic and public spaces. The regional focus of Matt's work centres on geopolitics in Latin America with an emphasis on the Southern Cone (predominantly Argentina and Chile) and Antarctica, although he has experience of undertaking research with children and young people in different parts of the world including the UK, South Africa, Argentina and the Falkland Islands. He has recently completed a three year research project investigating young people's perspectives on the Falklands-Malvinas sovereignty dispute in Argentina, the Falklands Islands and the UK.
For potential PhD students
Please get in touch if you are interested in pursuing PhD or postdoctoral research on any of the topics listed below:
Critical and feminist geopolitics
- Children and young people's engagements with geopolitics.
- Spaces of memory, commemoration and geopolitics.
- Everyday expressions and performances of national identity.
- Creative diplomacy (i.e. through the use of online technologies).
Geopolitics of the Southern Cone and Antarctica
- Popular geopolitics and territorial disputes in the South Atlantic (e.g. the Falklands-Malvinas question).
- Argentina, Chile and Latin America's broader relationship with Antarctica.
- Territory, resources and legal regimes in Antarctica and sub-polar regions.
- Qualitative and participatory research methods.
- Undertaking research on geopolitics with children and young people.
- Ethnographic approaches to geopolitical research.
Young people, nationalism and post-nationalism: multi-cultural belonging in hyper-diverse neighbourhoods - Geography Research Excellence Academy (REA) (2017-2019)
Geographical imaginations of the state and everyday geopolitics: the case of the Southern Cone and Chilean Patagonia - Global Excellence Fund (2015-2017)
Embodied memories, distant territories: examining the perspectives of ex-combatants of the Malvinas War in Santa Fe, Argentina - Santander Mobility Fund (2016)
Memory and territory: comparing young people's perspectives on the Malvinas in Argentina - Newcastle University Research Committee Visiting Fellow, Alejandro Gasel (2015-2016)
The making of the geopolitical citizen: the case of the Falklands/Malvinas - Early Career Fellowship funded by The Leverhulme Trust (2013-2016)
Young people and stories of the riots: Liverpool 1981 and 2011 - British Academy Small Grant (PI) with Andy Davies and Bethan Evans
Evie Hill - Designs for revolution: a visual analysis of Cuba's foreign policy in Africa, 1967-1987 (ESRC 1+3)
Hannah Lyons - Assembling the nation: spatialising young, religious American's affective experiences of the nation, fear and danger in the everyday (ESRC 1+3)
William Whitehead - Escaped roots: sub-self-neutering and its political overcoming in Chocó, Colombia (ESRC 1+3)
Head of the Power, Space, Politics research cluster in the School of GPS, Newcastle University
Member of the CLACS Steering Committee
Social media officer, Political Geography Research Group, RGS-IBG
Committee member, Geographies of Children, Youth and Families Research Group, RGS-IBG
Association of American Geographers
Royal Geographical Society with the Institute of British Geographers
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
GEO1015 Contemporary Human Geography of the UK (Lecturer)
GEO2047 Political Geography (Lecturer)
GEO2139 Exploring Everyday Political Geographies in a Divided City: Nicosia (Module Leader and Lecturer)
GEO3102 Geopolitics (Lecturer)
- Pinkerton A, Benwell MC. Heritage, strategic narratives, and the making of geopolitical pasts, presents and futures at Europa Point, Gibraltar. Political Geography 2018, Epub ahead of print.
- Benwell MC. Going Underground: Banal Nationalism and Subterranean Elements in Argentina’s Falklands/Malvinas Claim. Geopolitics 2017, epub ahead of print.
- Benwell MC. Connecting ontological (in)securities and generation through the everyday and emotional geopolitics of Falkland Islanders. Social & Cultural Geography 2017, (ePub ahead of Print).
- Núñez A, Baeza B, Benwell MC. Cuando la nación queda lejos: Fronteras cotidianas en el paso Lago Verde (Aysén-Chile) - Aldea Las Pampas (Chubut-Argentina) [When the nation is far away: Everyday experiencies of borders in the Lago Verde pass (Aysén-Chile) and Aldea Las Pampas (Chubut-Argentina)]. Revista de Geografía Norte Grande 2017, 66, 97-116.
- Gasel A, Benwell MC. Memorias, cotidianeidad y territorios: Malvinas en las escuelas secundarias argentinas. Revista Colombiana de Ciencias Sociales 2017, 8(1), 88-107.
- Benwell MC. Encountering geopolitical pasts in the present: young people’s everyday engagements with memory in the Falkland Islands. Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers 2016, 41(2), 121-133.
- Benwell MC, Pinkerton A. Brexit and the British Overseas Territories: Changing Perspectives on Security. RUSI Journal 2016, 161(4), 8-14.
- Benwell MC. Argentine territorial nationalism in the South Atlantic and Antarctica. In: Dodds, K; Hemmings, AD; Roberts, P, ed. Handbook on the Politics of Antarctica. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 2017, pp.540-554.
- Benwell MC, Hopkins P, ed. Children, young people and critical geopolitics. Abingdon, Oxon: Taylor and Francis, 2016.
- Benwell MC. Young Falkland Islanders and Diplomacy in the South Atlantic. In: Benwell, MC; Hopkins, P, ed. Children, Young People and Critical Geopolitics. Abingdon, Oxon: Ashgate, 2017, pp.107-122.
- Benwell M, Hopkins P. Conclusion. In: Benwell, M; Hopkins, P, ed. Children, Young People and Critical Geopolitics. Abington, Oxon: Taylor and Francis, 2016, pp.187-190.
- Benwell MC. Reframing Memory in the School Classroom: Remembering the Malvinas War. Journal of Latin American Studies 2016, 48(2), 273-300.
- Benwell MC. The Genesis of the Falklands (Malvinas) Conflict, Martín Abel González [Book review]. Journal of Latin American Studies 2016, 48(1), 183-185.
- Benwell MC. Banal Nationalism. In: Stone, J; Rutledge, D; Rizova, P; Smith, A & Hou, X, ed. The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Race, Ethnicity and Nationalism. Wiley-Blackwell, 2015.
- Benwell MC. Connecting Southern Frontiers: Argentina, the South West Atlantic and ‘Argentine Antarctic Territory’. In: Powell,RC & Dodds,K, ed. Polar Geopolitics? Knowledges, Resources and Legal Regimes. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 2014, pp.201-218.
- Benwell MC. Considering nationality and performativity: undertaking research across the geopolitical divide in the Falkland Islands and Argentina. Area 2014, 46(2), 163-169.
- Benwell MC. From the banal to the blatant: expressions of nationalism in secondary schools in Argentina and the Falkland Islands. Geoforum 2014, 52, 51-60.
- Pinkerton A, Benwell MC. Rethinking popular geopolitics in the Falklands/Malvinas sovereignty dispute: Creative diplomacy and citizen statecraft. Political Geography 2014, 38, 12-22.
- Benwell MC. Children and Young People's Relationships: Learning across Majority and Minority Worlds, edited by Samantha Punch and E Kay M Tisdall [Book review]. Childhood 2014, 21(4), 563-564.
- Benwell MC. Resource nationalism: Argentina, the Falkland Islands and the United Kingdom. Global Policy Journal 2013.
- Benwell MC, Borello J, Haselip J. Housing, security and employment in post-neoliberal Buenos Aires. Latin American Perspectives 2013, 40, 146-167.
- Benwell MC. Rethinking conceptualisations of adult-imposed restriction and children’s experiences of autonomy in outdoor space. Children's Geographies 2013, 11, 28-43.
- Benwell MC, Dodds K, Pinkerton A. Celebrity geopolitics. Political Geography 2012, 31, 405-407.
- Benwell MC. Don't believe the hype. Geographical 2012, April, 46-49.
- Benwell MC, Dodds K. Argentine territorial nationalism revisited: The Malvinas/Falklands dispute and geographies of everyday nationalism. Political Geography 2011, 30, 441-449.
- Dodds K, Benwell MC. More unfinished business: The Falklands/Malvinas, maritime claims and the spectre of oil in the South Atlantic. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space 2010, 28, 571-580.
- Benwell MC. Challenging minority world privilege: children’s outdoor mobilities in post-apartheid South Africa. Mobilities 2009, 4, 77-101.
- Benwell MC. 'Race' or race: reflections on (self-) censorship and avoidance in research with children. Children's Geographies 2009, 7, 229-233.