School of Architecture, Planning & Landscape

Staff Profile

Dr Charlotte Veal

Postdoctoral Fellow in Landscape



My research focuses on the intersections between: (dancing) bodies, geopolitics and creative security; performance protest and the city (including  site, space, place and landmarks); art, militarism and war; and develops the theories and practices of creative research methods. Through my research, I aim to demonstrate the value of the cultural and political geographies of performance and/or creativity. I am particularly interested in bringing theories and practices of choreography and performance into conversation with emerging work on geopolitics, security, mobility and militarism. More recently, I have examined the cultural geographies of the micro, with a particular focus on the role of everyday practices (including infection prevention), visualisation and creative mapping techniques, and the languages and theories of governance, security and biopolitics.


Research Interests (overview)

- Geographies of creativity, performance and practice

- Creative geopolitics/securities

- Arts and militarism 

- Embodied, intimate and everyday geopolitics

- Political performances of contestation and resistance

- Rights to the city, protest and politics

- Site-dance, space,  place and landscape

- Experimental and creative methods

- Interdisciplinarity

- Geohumanities

- Microbial geographies

- Geographies of infection prevention

- Antimicrobial resistance


Roles and Responsibilities

- I am a committee member of Newcastle University's Performance Research Network.

- I am the Early Career Representative for the APL Research Committee.

External Roles and Responsibilities

- I am the RGS-IBG Social and Cultural Geography Early Career and Mentoring Officer

- I am on the International Advisory Board for Landscape Research


2016-2017: Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice, University of Southampton

2011-2015: PhD: Geography, University of Nottingham (no corrections)

2010-2011: MA: Landscape and Culture, University of Nottingham (Distinction)

2007-2010: BA: Geography, University of Nottingham (1st)


Previous Appointments

2017-2018: Ass. Lecturer in Human Geography, Coventry University

2016-2017: Research Fellow in Human Geography, University of Southampton

2015-2017: Teaching Fellow in Human Geography, University of Southampton



Fellow of Higher Education Academy

Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society 

Member of the Landscape Research Group

Member of the British International Studies Association

Member of the Regional Studies Association


Current Research Project

Chorepolitics in the Borderland: Dance, Geopolitics and Spaces of Urban Securitisation - Fellowship in Landscape, Newcastle University (PI)

National borders are witnessing the unprecedented return of walls, fences, and separation barriers, as nation states across, and often between, the Global North and South seek new strategies of security in an era of geopolitical turbulence. Based upon a major piece of comparative interdisciplinary empirical research, spanning three continents, this project proposes an innovative geopolitical account of the role of performance in animating and contesting three urban securitised borderscapes; including on the US-Mexico border, West Bank Barrier and Thailand-Malaysia border.  Central to this project is a concern with dance as a geographical and political medium and the development of a critical embodied framework that responds to challenges of inter/national securitisation.

Past Research Projects

Choreographing military bodies: Aeromobilities, embodied geopolitics, and dance-based combat training with the British Parachute Regiment - Royal Geographical Society Small Grant and the Jasmin Leila Award, University of Southampton (PI)

The archival project examines the micro-bodily regimes of British Parachute Regiment personnel during training at Ringway Aerodrome in the mid-1940s. It combines research into military- and aero-mobilities, with work on embodied geopolitics, and the emerging geographies of dance literature, to explore the making of the airborne militarised body. More specifically, the project analyses, innovatively, how military strategists solicited dance-based embodied knowledges in the furtherance of geopolitical agendas. Notably, it marshals interdisciplinary, multi-sensual archival sources to critically probe the historical role of dance theorist Rudolf Laban in the drilling and analysis of British paratrooper’s bodies during recruitment, as operationalised, and commencing assault operations. Here, I lay the foundations for examining dance-based pedagogy, including Laban’s ‘Industrial Rhythms’ and ‘Effort Analysis’, in cultivating ‘elite’ military bodies and ‘advance force’ practices. 

Preventing the spread of infection in a hospital setting: Health professionals, the agency of microbes & computer vision analysis and Fighting superbugs on the home front: becoming an ecological citizen in your bathroom - EPSRC via NAMRIP, University of Southampton (CI)

Throughout 2016, I was the lead social science post-doctorate on two transdisciplinary (engineering, nursing, microbiology, law and performance studies, EPSRC funded) projects. The former, on hand hygiene in the hospital ward examined how routine nursing practices are responses to the agency and representations of non-human microbial life, and in response, developed creative methodologies (simulated ultra-violet pathogens with photography) for attending to the practices, aesthetics and imaginaries of non-human-human microbial worlds. The latter developed and communicated new understandings about the infrastructures and behaviours of young families behaviour in relation to AMR in the home and bathroom environment. Through creative methodologies, including bathroom storytelling and microbial mask making, we evidenced the relationship between microbial threat and domestic cleaning practice and the multi-sensual factors driving human encounters with microbial worlds. Collectively, these projects advanced cultural geographies of the micro, and advocated for the role of geographical scholarship within the global fight against antimicrobial resistance. 

Choreographing urban resistance: Experimental dance performance into postcoloniality, wellbeing, and the right to the city - ESRC 1 3 Studentship and Universities21, University of Nottingham

My thesis is an interdisciplinary study about dance and the city. It is also about everyday life in the city as it has been shaped by postcolonialism, neoliberalism, and practices of securing the urban. It achieves this by exploring three cities; London (with Addis Ababa), Vancouver, and Cape Town. The research critically examines how performance can animate the urban and cultivate strategies of resistance within the city. I introduce the dancing body and notions of performance as objects of study, and more unusually, as the means for doing research. Through the language and practices of performance, and by means of the dancing body, I work within a diverse geographical literature to examine the relationship between mobile bodies and urban spaces. My thesis therefore advances a corporeal and creative approach to researching the city. This includes the historical geographies of colonialism (on postcolonial performativities), research within economic geography on the creative heath-seeking subject, and urban scholarship concerned with socio-spatial securitisation, exclusions and resistance.


Current Teaching

I currently teach on the following Masters programmes:

- Landscape Architecture (MLA)

- Landscape Architecture Studies (MALAS)

Past Teaching

I have taught widely in cultural and political geographies, qualitative methods and fieldwork research, and supervised undergraduate and masters dissertations, in previous roles at the University of Southampton and Coventry University. This includes:

- Experimental Geographies  (convenor)

- People and Place

- Society and Space

- Cultural Geographies

- Practicing Human Geographical Research

- Field Techniques and Skills

- Project Preparation for Human Geography, CU (convenor)


I hold a Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice and am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.