Dr Paul Wright
Teaching Fellow

  • Email: paul.wright3@ncl.ac.uk
  • Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7733
  • Address: Room 4.32
    Level 4 Claremont Bridge
    Claremont Road
    Newcastle University
    NE1 7RU

Teaching Excellence Awards nomination:

A big thank you to my students for nominating me - see the "Teaching" tab to the right for full details.

Welcome to the School:

I have a number of ongoing research interests which focus on memory and heritage in social and cultural geography. I'm interested in the public experience of architectural heritage and how architects of the past tried to predict the futures that their buildings would encounter. I'm also interested in the intersections between heritage and mobility and how the movement of things is remembered. With Cap-a-Pie and Ouseburn Farm, I lead the "Fizzywig the Pig" project which breaks new ground in the onging engagements between Higher Education Institutions and schools. See the "Research" tab to the right for full details.

I teach on a number of compulsory modules in Human Geography here at Newcastle, and I'm the module leader for our principal first-year methods course. See the "Teaching" tab to the right for full details.

About me:

I completed my PhD at Aberystwyth University I joined the School of Geography, Politics and Sociology as a Teaching Assistant in January 2011.

In March 2012 I joined the School of Geography at the University of Leeds as a Teaching Associate (promoted to Teaching Fellow), before returning to Newcastle in September 2013 as a Teaching Fellow.

Prior to receiving my PhD I held a number of teaching and administrative posts at Aberystwyth University.

Office hours:

  • Mondays, 14.00-16.00.
  • Additional support hours are available for Geo1018 Geographical Analysis students.

Teaching Excellence Awards nomination:

My students have nominated me for a NUSU Teaching Excellence Award in the category of Outstanding Feedback. Thank you all very much! I'm delighted to have received the nomination. The shortlisting process is now underway, but details of last year's TEA event can be seen on their Facebook page.

Teaching and Supervision:

Geo1018: Geographical Analysis (Module leader, and all second semester content)

Geo2043: Key methods for Human Geographers (lecturing)

Geo3099: Dissertation (supervision)


Geo2111: Doing Geographical Research: theory and practice.


Geo1018: Once Brewed residential fieldcourse

Geo1015: Contemporary Human Geography of the UK

Geo2123: Copenhagen fieldcourse

Previous teaching (Leeds)

Geog1025: Leeds: From the Local to the Global

Geog1310: People, Place and Politics

Geog2020: Political and Development Geographies

Geog2035: Geographies of Economies

Geog2040: Inside European Cities (Belgrade fieldcourse)

Geog2065: Research Methods with Career Skills

Geog3052: Media Geographies

Geog3600: Dissertation

Principal research interests:

  • A principal focus of my research is the productive power of architectural inhabitation, how the creative ways in which people inhabit and consume buildings affects the work that buildings do, and the effects that buildings have.
  • Closely linked to this, I am interested in the idea of endurance as an aspect of heritage: how architecture has been produced to persist, and how enduring effects can be (or are thought to be) created architecturally. I will be presenting a conference paper on these themes in June (see below).
  • A new research project for 2014-2015 combines this interest with geographies of mobility, investigating the "tactics" used to preserve, display, and explain static artefacts that were defined by being in motion. More details will follow in Spring 2015, and a conference paper will follow in July (see below).
  • I seek to approach these interests through novel methodologies (including the use of feminist conceptions of personhood in research practice, and the practice of epistemic "norms" in qualitative interviewing).

Presented and published work:

  • Wright, P. 2012: "Network petrifactions and insulated virtualities in architectural design and the production of buildings" presented at the RGS-IBG Annual International Conference, University of Edinburgh.

Fizzywig the pig:

"Fizzywig the pig: performing geographical insights from universities to schools" is a collaboration with Cap-a-Pie, a theatre group who specialise in pedagogic theatre techniques, based at Ouseburn Farm. I am co-designing/producing a performance workshop for primary school age pupils in which key geographical insights on political ecology and sustainability from the first year geography module, Geo1018 Geographical Analysis, will be re-shaped so that they can be explored and performed by children of primary school age. The workshop will introduce them to ideas of how people engage with and utilise the natural and living world, not by traditional pedagogic means, but by enveloping them in performed scenarios where human and natural worlds meet one another. The few publications that focus on the gap between “school geography” and “degree geography” cogently analyse the differences between them, but only hint at how we might bridge that gap. The pilot Fizzywig the Pig workshop will actively target that gap, developing practices that will "re-make" degree level geographical ideas for primary school pupils. This project is funded by the School of Geography Politics and Sociology, and updates will follow in the near future.

Other published work:

I am delighted to have received an invitation from the CFA Voysey Society to prepare some introductory web material based on my doctoral research.