The School of Geography, Politics and Sociology

Power, Space, Politics

Power, Space, Politics

Themes

Geography at Newcastle hosts a vibrant and dynamic group of political and international development geographers who are part of the PSP research cluster. Through our research we examine expressions of political power across space at a range of scales, from the international and national to the intimate, and with reference to a range of global contexts.

Research undertaken by staff within the PSP cluster makes leading contributions to academic debates and to theoretical and empirical development, employs a diverse range of methodologies, and has positive societal impacts around the following areas of political geography:

Staff

Our research group staff have significant experience and expertise in analysis of power and politics in relation to space.

StaffList: Power, Space, Politics

Dr Matt Benwell
Senior Lecturer in Human Geography

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Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 3935

Dr Alice Cree
Postdoctoral Research Fellow

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Professor Peter Hopkins
Professor of Social Geography and University Dean of Social Justice

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Telephone: (0191) 208 3924

Dr Neil Jenkings
Senior Research Associate

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Telephone: +44 (0)191 208 3806

Dr Craig Jones
Lecturer in Political Geography

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Telephone: 0191 208 3960

Dr Robert Lawshaw
Lecturer in Geography

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Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 3918

Dr Kathryn Manzo
Senior Lecturer

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Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6454

Dr Nick Megoran
Reader in Political Geography

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Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6450

Professor Rachel Pain
Professor of Human Geography

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Telephone: +44 (0)191 208 3557

Dr Silvia Pasquetti
Lecturer in Sociology

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Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 5817

Dr Jonathan Pugh
Senior Academic Fellow

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Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6425

Dr Alison Williams
Senior Lecturer in Political Geography & Geography Degree Programme Director (L701/F800/FH82)

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Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 8489

Dr Astrid Wood
Lecturer in Economic Geography

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Professor Rachel Woodward
Professor of Human Geography

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Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6434

Associate Staff

Ruth Machen

Teaching

Staff within the PSP cluster contribute to both the undergraduate and postgraduate Geography programmes at Newcastle:

Undergraduate:

Modules include:

  • Interconnected World
  • Contemporary Human Geography of the UK
  • Political Geography
  • Exploring Everyday Political Geographies in a Divided City: Cyprus field class
  • Citizenship in a Global City: Hong Kong field class
  • Migration, Belonging and Everyday Geopolitics: Contested Geographies of New York City
  • Aerial Geographies
  • Development and Globalisation
  • Geographies of Film, Representation and Critical Spectatorship
  • Geopolitics; Humanitarianism: Representation, Intervention and Rescue
  • Militarism: Space and Society
  • Participatory Research and Development
  • Caribbean Societies
  • Cities of the Global South

Postgraduate:

Political Geography modules on the MA in Human Geography (Research); Doctoral research students (PhDs).

Postgraduates' Projects

Our postgraduates are working on a wide variety of power, space, politics subjects. These range from women's political participation in trade unions in Chile to securing livelihoods in Peru through fair trade.

NameTopic
Eleojo Abubakar The Socio-Spatial Coverage and Inequality of Healthcare Services in Nigeria
Paul Barber  
Daniel Barwick The Black Lives Matter Movement: Transnational Activism and the Role of Neo-Liberal Urbanism.

Quan Gao

Religion, migration and the (post)secular city: politics and poetics of migrant-worker Christians in post-reform Shenzhen, China
Panayiotis Hadjipavlis The Peculiarities of Cyprus' Airspace - Implications for Modern State Sovereignty
Matthew Hanchard Anchoring securities and mobilities: towards a digital sociology of maps
Joe Herbert Between crisis and transformation: exploring the agency of young green activists in an era of socio-ecological upheaval
Nathar Iqbal Exploring everyday social and political geographies and encounters of non-heterosexual Muslims in the UK
Matthew Kearns Military masculinities and recruitment practices in the British Armed Forces
Hannah Lyons Assembling the nation: spatialising young, religious American's affective experiences of the nation, fear and danger in the everyday
Stefan Rzedzian Indigenous Empowerment, Extractive Industries and the Rights of Nature: Assessing Ecuador's "Revolutionary" Political Framework
Lexy Seedhouse Be(com)ing Indigenous in the Time of Extraction: (Re)articulating Identities in the Context of Peru’s Ley de Consulta Previa.
Lauren Tibble  Playing the Aerial: Storytelling, Spirits and the Sky
Andrea Wilkinson Climate Change and Fairtrade Agriculture – Securing Livelihoods in Peru
Isabel Williams Cartographies of Heritage: Mapping the Interpretations of Landscape

Publications

  • Pinkerton, A and Benwell MC. Heritage, strategic narratives, and the making of geopolitical pasts, presents and futures at Europa Point, Gibraltar. Political Geography, 2017, epub ahead of print
  • Benwell MC. Argentine territorial nationalism in the South Atlantic and Antarctica. In: Dodds, K; Hemmings, AD; Roberts, P, ed. Handbook on the Politics of Antarctica. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 2017, pp.540-554.
  • Benwell MC. Going Underground: Banal Nationalism and Subterranean Elements in Argentina’s Falklands/Malvinas Claim. Geopolitics 2017, epub ahead of print.
  • Benwell MC. Connecting ontological (in)securities and generation through the everyday and emotional geopolitics of Falkland Islanders. Social & Cultural Geography 2017, (ePub ahead of Print).
  • Benwell MC, Núñez A, Amigo C. Flagging the nations: citizen’s active engagements with everyday nationalism in Patagonia, Chile. Area 2018, (ePub ahead of Print).
  • Hopkins P, Hörschelmann K, Benwell M, Studemeyer C. Young people's everyday landscapes of security and insecurity. Social and Cultural Geography 2018, ePub ahead of print.
  • Núñez A, Baeza B, Benwell MC. Cuando la nación queda lejos: fronteras cotidianas en el paso Lago Verde (Aysén-Chile) - Aldea Las Pampas (Chubut-Argentina). Revista de Geografía Norte Grande 2017, 66, 97-116.
  • Gasel A, Benwell MC. Memorias, cotidianeidad y territorios: Malvinas en las escuelas secundarias argentinas. Revista Colombiana de Ciencias Sociales 2017, 8(1), 88-107.
  • Manzo K. The usefulness of climate change films. Geoforum 2017, 84, 88-94.
  • Megoran, N. (2017) Nationalism in Central Asia: A biography of the Uzbekistan-Kyrgyzstan Boundary, Pittsburgh: Pittsburgh University Press.
  • Megoran, N. (2017) Warlike Christians in an Age of Violence, Eugene, Oregon: Wipf & Stock
  • Megoran, N. (2017) Martin Luther King in the UK: A resource pack for teachers in key stages 2,3 & 4, Newcastle: Martin Luther King Peace Committee.
  • Khamidov A, Megoran N, Heathershaw J. Bottom-up peacekeeping in southern Kyrgyzstan: how local actors managed to prevent the spread of violence from Osh/Jalal-Abad to Aravan, June 2010. Nationalities Papers 2017, Epub ahead of print.
  • Pasquetti, Silvia and Giovanni, Picker. 2017. "Confined Informality: Global Margins, Statecraft, and Urban Life". International Sociology, 32, 4 (special issue).
  • Behr EH, Megoran NWS, Carnaffan J. Peace education, militarism and neo-liberalism: conceptual reflections with empirical findings from the UK. Journal of Peace Education 2017, epub ahead of print.
  • Foster Russell, Megoran Nick, Dunn Michael. Towards a geopolitics of atheism: Critical geopolitics post the ‘War on Terror’. Political Geography 2017, 60, 179-189.
  • Megoran N. Warlike Christians in An Age of Violence: The Evangelical Case Against War and for Gospel Peace. USA: Wipf & Stock, 2017.
  • Chander, D and Pugh, J (2018) ‘Islands of Relationality and Resilience: the shifting stakes of the Anthropocene, special section in Area on ‘Contemporary debates in Island Studies’ e-put ahead of print https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/area.12459
  • Pugh, J (2018) ‘Relationality and island studies in the Anthropocene’, Island Studies Journal, 13(2), 93-110, https://doi.org/10.24043/isj.48
  • Pugh J and Grove, K. (2017) Assemblage, Transverality and Participation in the Neoliberal University, EPD: society and space, 35, 6, 1134–1152.
  • Pugh, J. (with The Analogue University) (2017) Academic identities in the managed university: Neoliberalism and resistance at Newcastle University, UK, Australian University Review, 59, 2, 23-36.
  • Pugh J. (with The Analogue University) (2017) Control, resistance and the ‘Data University’: towards a third wave critique. Antipode https://antipodefoundation.org/2017/03/31/control-resistance-and-the-data-university/
  • Pugh J. (2017) A sceptical approach to ‘the everyday’: Relating Stanley Cavell and Human Geography. Geoforum, 79, 36-45.
  • Pugh, J. (2017). Postcolonial development, (non) sovereignty and affect: living on in the wake of Caribbean political independence. Antipode, 49(4), 867-882.
  • Pugh, J. (accepted, forthcoming) Resilience and Islands. In Fassin, D. Das, V. (eds) Words and Worlds: a lexicon for dark times, Princeton University Press.
  • Pugh. J. (accepted) A phenomenology of archipelagos: from thinking with to within the archipelago. In: Stephens, M. and Martínez-San Miguel, Y. Anthology: Archipelagic Thinking: Towards New Comparative Methodologies and Disciplinary Formations.
  • Grove K, and Pugh J. (2018) Adaptation Machines or the biopolitics of adaptation. In Lawrence J, Bohland J, Davoudi S, Knox P, (eds) The Resilience Machine, London and New York: Routledge. chapter 7, pp 110-125.
  • Pugh J. (2017) Resilience as New Political Reality. In:  Butler R. W. (ed) Resilience and Tourism. CABI: Wallington, Oxfordshire, chapter 16, pp 206-215.
  • Pugh, J (2018) Review of Michael Wiedorn, Think like an archipelago: paradox in the work of Édouard Glissant, Islands Studies Journal, 13 (2), pg 211-213.
  • Pugh, J. (2017) Review of Roberts. B.R. and Stephens M.A. ‘Archipelagic American studies’, Duke University Press, Durham and London. Review in Island Studies Journal (2017), 12 (2) 329-330.
  • Pugh J. (2017) Review of Crane, R and Fletcher, L Island Genres, Genre Islands: conceptualisation and representation in popular fiction. Rowman and Littlefield: London and New York. Review in Island Studies Journal (2017) 12 (1) 255-256).
  • Pugh J. (2017), Review of Crane, R. and Fletcher, L (2017) Island Genres, Genre Islands: conceptualisation and representation in popular fiction. Rowman and Littlefield: London and New York. Cultural Geographies, 24(4), 255-256.
  • Williams, AJ. Vertical: the city from satellites to bunkers, Island Studies Journal, 12(2): 331-334.
  • Williams AJ. The Hidenburg Disaster and the Birth of Pathological Technology
  • Williams AJ. Aircraft carriers and the capacity to mobilise US power across the Pacific, 1919–1929. Journal of Historical Geography 2017, 58, 71-81.
  • Woodward R, Jenkings KN, Williams A. Militarisation, universities and the university armed service units. Political Geography 2017, 60, 203-212.
  • Williams AJ. The Empire's Edge: Militarization, Resistance, and Transcending Hegemony in the Pacific (Book Review). Geographical Review 2017, 107(2), e19-e23.
  • Woodward R, Duncanson C. An introduction to gender and the military. In: Rachel Woodward and Claire Duncanson, ed. The Palgrave International Handbook of Gender and the Military. London: Palgrave, 2017, pp.pp.1-20.
  • Woodward R, Duncanson C, Jenkings KN. Gender and military memoirs. In: Rachel Woodward and Claire Duncanson, ed. The Palgrave International Handbook of Gender and the Military. London: Palgrave, 2017, pp.525-542.
  • Merriman P, Peters K, Adey P, Cresswell T, Forsyth I, Woodward R. Interventions on military mobilities. Political Geography 2017, 56, 44-52.
  • Woodward R. Military geography. In: The International Encyclopedia of Geography. Oxford: John Wylie & Sons, 2017.
  • Jenkings KN, Woodward R. Serving in Troubled Times: British Military Personnel’s memories and accounts of service in Northern Ireland. In: Dawson G; Dover J; Hopkins S, ed. Northern Ireland Troubles in Britain: Impacts, Engagements, Legacies and Memories. Manchester, UK: Manchester University Press, 2017, pp.91-107.
  • Jenkings KN, Woodward R. Serving in troubled times: British military personnel's memories and accounts of service in Northern Ireland. In: Dawson, G., Dover, J. and Hopkins, S, ed. The Northern Ireland Troubles in Britain: Impacts, Engagements, Legacies and Memories. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2017, pp.pp.92-107.