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Peter Hopkins, Professor of Social Geography, has been appointed to a new role of Newcastle University's Dean of Social Justice.

​This newly created Deanship recognises the importance of social justice as one of the core values of Newcastle University.

The new role will report to the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Julie Sanders and Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Engagement and Internationalisation, Professor Richard Davies. In addition to his ongoing research and doctoral supervision, Professor Hopkins will work closely with the Dean of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, Professor Judith Rankin and the Dean of Advancement, Professor Anya Hurlbert​ to ensure that social justice is embedded within the plans, policies and practices of the University.

Professor Hopkins joined Newcastle University in 2007 having held previous positions at Lancaster University and at the Universities of Glasgow and Edinburgh. Before this, Professor Hopkins completed a PhD in Geography at the University of Edinburgh.

Serving as the Academic Director of the ESRC North East Doctoral Training Centre from 2015-2017, Professor Hopkins worked to successfully secure reaccreditation for social science doctoral funding at Newcastle through the development of a wider NINE DTP network. He also founded and chaired the Geographies of Justice Research Group of the RGS-IBG from 2011-2016.

An international leader in his field, Professor Hopkins has published widely on issues relating to race, religion, youth and gender. His primary research continues to focus on: young people, place and identity; racism and Islamophobia; masculinities and ethnicities; and intersectionality, equality and diversity. He also provides the Secretariat for the Cross Party Parliamentary Group on Tackling Islamophobia in the Scottish Parliament.

​Professors Hopkins was conferred the award of Fellow of ​the Academy of Social Scientists in April.

Looking ahead to his new appointment, Professor Hopkins said: "It is heartening that Newcastle University has identified that social justice should be a thread that runs through everything we do. I am delighted to start working with academic and professional services staff across the university to take forward our commitment to issues of social justice in research, teaching and engagement. I look forward to consolidating existing efforts and developing new opportunities to enhance our work about social justice, and to helping build Newcastle's leading reputation as a University that is committed to creating inspiring places and to making a difference locally, nationally and internationally.

published on: 11 June 2018