The School of Geography, Politics and Sociology

Geographies of Social Change

Geographies of Social Change


Newcastle hosts one of the largest and most dynamic groups of social geographers in the world.

We are committed to agenda-setting research that addresses spatial and social inequalities, explores the geographies of justice, and illuminates the spaces of everyday life. Our work highlights disparities in wealth, health, violence, living conditions and life-chances. It engages and analyses the many sites, scales and dimensions of disadvantage and discrimination that undermine the social and ethical fabric on which human well-being depends.

Our research is situated in a diverse range of places in the global North and South, and moves from and between the intimacy of the body to the global. Our work examines and brings to life the connectivities and co-dependencies among people, relations and events across these realms.

The principles of participation, co-production, collective action and social regeneration are central to much of our work. These are reflected both in our development of innovative ways of doing and putting our research out in the world, and in our commitment to producing knowledges that have material benefits to those with whom we collaborate in the wider community, the voluntary sector and the policy sphere.

GOSC includes a significant and vibrant cohort of postdoctoral and postgraduate researchers, and we welcome enquiries from those interested in developing their research career with us.

The work of the cluster spans six major themes:


Our research group staff have significant experience and expertise in analysis of geographies of social change.

StaffList: Geographies of Social Change

Dr Matt Benwell
Senior Lecturer in Human Geography

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 3935

Professor Alastair Bonnett
Professor of Social Geography

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6439

Professor Anthony Champion
Emeritus Professor of Population Geography

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6437

Emeritus Professor Mike Coombes
Senior Research Investigator

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 0102

Dr Alison Copeland
Lecturer in Human Geography

Telephone: +44 (0)191 208 3088

Dr Alice Cree
Research Fellow

Dr Robin Finlay
Research Associate


Professor Peter Hopkins
Professor of Social Geography

Telephone: (0191) 208 3924

Professor Alexandra Hughes
Professor of Economic Geography


Professor Al James
Professor of Economic Geography, Director of Research Geography

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6346

Professor Helen Jarvis
Professor of Social Geography Engagement

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6959

Dr Caleb Johnston
Senior Lecturer in Human Geographies


Dr Robert Shaw
Senior Lecturer

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 3918

Dr Wen Lin
Senior Lecturer in Human Geography

Telephone: +44 (0)191 208 6432

Professor Anoop Nayak
Professor of Social & Cultural Geography

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 86347

Professor Rachel Pain
Professor of Human Geography


Dr Raksha Pande
Senior Lecturer

Telephone: +44 (0)191 208 3557

Dr Gareth Powells
Senior Lecturer

Telephone: +44 (0)191 208 6361

Dr Jonathan Pugh
Reader in Island Studies

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6425

Dr Michael Richardson
Lecturer in Human Geography

Telephone: +44 (0)191 208 7740

Professor Alison Stenning
Professor of Social & Economic Geography

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 8017

Professor Simon Tate
Professor of Higher Education

Telephone: 0191 208 3495

Professor Rachel Woodward
Professor of Human Geography

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6434


Our research projects have included subjects as diverse as the geography of housing market areas in the UK and collaborative housing and community resilience.

Postgraduates' Projects

Our postgraduates are working on a wide variety of power, space, politics subjects. These range from the geopolitical imagination of video gamers to exploration of racist perpetrators in the North East of England.


Eleojo Abubakar

The Socio-Spatial Coverage and Inequality of Healthcare Services in Nigeria

Dan Barwick

The Black Lives Matter Movement: Transnational Activism and the Role of Neo-Liberal Urbanism

Alessandro Boussalem

Lives at the intersection: Exploring LGBTQ subjectivities in Brussels, Belgium

Leah Chan

Contested spaces of homelessness and houselessness: mobilising media in action-oriented research.

Jonathon Finn


Quan Gao

Religion, migration and the (post)secular city: politics and poetics of migrant-worker Christians in post-reform Shenzhen, China

Joe Herbert

Between crisis and transformation: exploring the agency of young green activists in an era of socio-ecological upheaval

Tessa Holland

Exploring the potential of co-creation in the convivial politics of Cittaslow (slow towns) UK

Nathar Iqbal

Exploring everyday social and political geographies and encounters of non-heterosexual Muslims in the UK

Jessie Kelly

A Lonely Generation? Understanding Loneliness and Togetherness in the Emotional Geographies of Millennials

Niamh Lear

Generation Emigration? Exploring experiences of Irishness in Britain post-Brexit.

Hannah Lyons

Assembling the nation: spatialising young, religious American's affective experiences of the nation, fear and danger in the everyday

Heather Mew

Resistance, protest and austerity: how do working class people 'fight back', and against what?

Libby Morrison

Exploring the lives of informal carers of dementia in Northumberland, at home, in the community or in residential settings

Ged Ridley

Transgender experience of public bathroom

Novieta Sari

Communication Approaches for Participatory Planning and Civic Engagement in Sustainable Governance Systems in Indonesia

Lexy Seedhouse

Be(com)ing Indigenous in the Time of Extraction: (Re)articulating Identities in the Context of Peru’s Ley de Consulta Previa.

Alicia Souter


Clare Vaughan

Violence and Fear in Homeless Careers: A Biographical Investigation of Young Women at Risk of Homelessness

Isabel Williams

Cartographies of Heritage: Mapping the Interpretations of Landscape

Anna Yates

Female fear, urban design and neighbourhood segregation in Stockholm, Sweden