Centre for Latin American and Caribbean Studies

Staff Profile

Dr Menelaos Gkartzios

Senior Lecturer in Planning & Development


I am Senior Lecturer in Planning & Development, based at the Centre for Rural Economy. I am interested in questions of sustainable development with particular reference to rural and, wider, non-metropolitan places. My research has focused on urban-rural mobilities and social change; governance, housing and planning policy; the relationship between art and place-based development; and international comparative research - especially questions of language. My research is published in elite journals such as the Journal of Rural Studies, Sociologia Ruralis, Regional Studies, GeoforumPopulation,Space & Place, World Development, Land Use Policy, etc. My publications can be viewed in my ORCiD profile. Citations to my papers can be found in Google Scholar and Scopus. I have led or participated in research projects funded by the Economic & Social Research Council, the Arts & Humanities Research Council, the British Council, the Greek Latsis Foundation, the Irish Research Council, and the European Regional Development Fund. I have held a 5-month post at the University of Tokyo, as Visiting Associate Professor, and I have been awarded Visiting Research Fellowships at the National University of Ireland, Galway and at the University of Akureyri in Iceland.

I sit on the Editorial Boards of the academic journals Sociologia Ruralis and Journal of Rural Studies. At Newcastle University, I chair the Rural Studies & Resource Economics research group; I co-ordinate the MSc in Food and Rural Development Research; and, I sit on the steering committees of the Newcastle Institute for Creative Arts Practice, the Centre for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, on the Faculty Ethics Committee and on CRE's Management Board. As part of my engagement practice, I co-lead a collaborative Artist Residency programme with Berwick Visual Arts, and I am currently a Board of Directors member of the Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival in Northumberland, England. I am an Academician of the Academy of Urbanism, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and a Fellow of the UK's Higher Education Academy. 

Area of Expertise

Spatial Planning, Rural Sociology, Art Studies


  • Senior Lecturer, Newcastle University, Centre for Rural Economy (2016 -)
  • Visiting Associate Professor, University of Tokyo (Sep 2017 - Feb 2018)
  • Lecturer, Newcastle University, Centre for Rural Economy (2010 - 2016)
  • Post-Doctoral Researcher, University College Dublin, School of Applied Social Science (2009 - 2010)
  • Post-Doctoral Researcher, University College Dublin, School of Geography, Planning & Environmental Policy (2008 - 2009)
  • Research Assistant, Urban Institute Ireland (2004 - 2008)


  • Certificate in Advanced Studies in Academic Practice, Newcastle University (2014)
  • PhD in Urban & Regional Planning, University College Dublin (2008)
  • MSc in Environmental Resource Management, University College Dublin (2004)
  • MAgrSc in Agricultural Economics & Rural Development, Agricultural University of Athens (2002)

Professional Memberships

  • European Society for Rural Sociology
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts
  • Academician of the Academy of Urbanism


Research Interests

  • Art and place-based development
  • Mobilities and counterurbanisation
  • Housing, planning and rural development 
  • International comparative research and language politics


  • I co-edited the Routledge Companion to Rural Planning with Professors Mark Scott (University College Dublin) and Nick Gallent (University College London)
  • I co-edited a Special Section in Sociologia Ruralis on 'Doing Art in the Country' with Dr Julie Crawshaw (Northumbria University) and Dr Marie Mahon (National University of Ireland, Galway)

Research Projects

    Esteem Indicators

    • Scientific committee member: XV World Congress of Rural Sociology (IRSA), Cairns, Australia (2020); IV International Congress of Architecture and Planning (ICONARCH), Konya, Turkey (2020)
    • Visiting Research Fellow at Moore Institute, National University of Ireland, Galway (2019)  
    • Appointed to the expert review panel of the Swedish Research Council for Sustainable Development (Formas) (2018 - 2022)
    • Invited speaker on rural arts at London's Whitechapel Gallery (2018)
    • Visiting Associate Professor at the University of Tokyo (Sep 2017 - Feb 2018)
    • Editorial Board member of Sociologia Ruralis (2015 - )
    • Reviewer for over 20 Journals (my profile as a reviewer is available in publons): Journal of Rural Studies, Geoforum, Environment and Planning A, Regional Studies, Rural SociologyPolicy & PoliticsCitiesLand Use PolicyPopulation, Space & PlaceEuropean Planning StudiesPlanning Theory & Practice, Town Planning ReviewLandscape Research, Habitat InternationalNew Political Economy, Social & Cultural Geography, Cultural Trends, Review of Political Economy, Journal of Environmental Planning & ManagementInternational Journal of Sustainable Development & Planning, Journal of Housing & the Built Environment, Journal of Environmental Accounting & Management, SustainabilityScottish Geographical Journal.
    • Research proposal reviewer: British Council, British Academy, Czech Science Foundation, NHS National Institute for Health Research
    • Book proposal reviewer: Routledge, Palgrave Macmillan
    • External examiner (viva voce): University of Toronto (2019); University of York (2018); Humboldt University of Berlin (2015)
    • Invited speaker/public lectures (selection): University of Amsterdam (2019), Moore Institute - National University of Ireland, Galway (2019); International Symposium on the Global Countryside, Wales (2018), Whitechapel Gallery (2018), University of Tokyo (2017); University of Kyoto (2017); Chiba University, Japan (2017); Kindai University, Japan (2017); German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) workshop on ‘Migration Processes and Rural Development in Peripheral Areas’ (2016); Pontifical Catholic University of Valparaiso, Chile (2016); James Hutton Institute (2015); Public seminar series 'Boom to Bust: Tackling Ireland's Environment', University College Dublin and the Earth Institute, Ireland (2012)
    • Organisation committee of the Swedish Academy of Agriculture & Forestry Bertebos conference (2014)
    • National expert (Ireland) for a policy report on occupancy conditions in rural housing, Scottish Government (2009)

    Research Networks


    Teaching Roles

    I am the Degree Programme Director of the MSc in Food & Rural Development Research. I led the School's Peer Dialogue practice between 2012-2016.

    Undergraduate Teaching

    • ACE3017 Rural Planning, Politics and Society (Module Leader)
    • ACE2066 Qualitative Methods
    • ACE3093 Special Study (Contributor/Supervisor)

    Postgraduate Teaching

    • ACE8095 Dissertation (Module Leader)
    • ACE8047: Work Placement (Module Leader)
    • ACE8050 The Contemporary Countryside (Contributor)

    PhD Supervision

    I am currently supervising the following 5 PhD students:

    PhD students completed: 

    • Dr Richard Austin (Northumberland National Park funded)
    • Dr Nur Bahiah Mohamed Haris (Malaysia Government funded)
    • Dr Fran Rowe (ESRC funded)
    • Dr Jorge Altamirano Flores (Ecuador Government funded)
    • Rodolfo Sertori (Occasional Study for 6 months, São Paulo Research Foundation funded)