Geography at Newcastle University has a particular research strength examining the expression of political power across space. We do this at a range of scales, from the international and national to the individual, and with reference to a range of global contexts.
Our explorations of power, space and politics range from group and individual negotiations of identity and political action to the lived experiences of political transformation.
We innovatively draw on ethnographic, discourse analytic, participatory and visual methodologies to come up with grounded, informed reflections on the multiple ways in which concepts of power, space and politics intersect.
We share, and make explicit, through our work a desire to produce cutting-edge research which has utility for policy and user communities.
The co-ordinator of this cluster is Matt Benwell.
Borders and boundariesBorders and boundaries
This strand of research has sought to use innovative ethnographic and analytical methods to examine international borders and boundaries.
For example, we have undertaken work moving beyond abstract, supposedly objective, accounts of borders to analyse the lived experience of borders in more detail.
Other work on boundaries and borders considers the vertical extent of sovereign territory and questions the use of aircraft to enforce, or conversely violate, international boundaries. We also undertake research on islands, archipelagos and oceanic geographies that further interrogates the often complex and shifting nature of boundaries and borders
People working on this theme:
|Matt Benwell||Nick Megoran||Alison Williams||Jonathan Pugh|
Critical geopoliticsCritical geopolitics
Our research about geopolitics encompasses a variety of approaches and areas of interest. We seek to extend current understandings of the relationships between geographies of power and resistance.
We look at this through critical analysis of geopolitical modes of knowledge production and dissemination, such as political speeches, popular music, archival sources, images and interviews.
Our work considers:
- the role of religion and spirituality in the memorialisation of terror
- the racialisation of geopolitics
- the embodied geopolitics of childhood and youth
- the geopolitics of Post-Soviet Central Asia
It also looks at:
- considerations of the work of geopolitical theorists
- the geopolitics of international boundaries and borders
- the role of aviation in the projection of power
- vertical geopolitics
- airspace as geopolitical space
People working on this theme include:
|Matt Benwell||Craig Jones||Peter Hopkins|
|Nick Megoran||Jonathan Pugh||Alison Williams|
International developmentInternational development
This research theme is concerned with transnational development practices and their effects on particular peoples and places (especially in Africa, the Caribbean, Latin America and South Asia).
Within that broad frame are several overlapping and complementary research trajectories, namely:
- theories and models of development
- changing gender relations and femininities
- Africa in the world economy
- new social movements and popular resistance to economic restructuring
- the role of non-governmental organisations in development
- voice, the everyday and post-colonial institutional development in the Caribbean
- participatory and environmental planning
- development and culture among new development actors
- politics of representation
People working on this theme include:
|Kate Manzo||Jonathan Pugh||Raksha Pande|
Militarism and military geographiesMilitarism and military geographies
Newcastle University is a leading centre for the analysis of the effects of military activities on spaces, places, landscapes and people. We approach our engagements with military geographies and militarism from a number of conceptual positions including:
- landscape geographies
- geopolitical theory
- visual sociology
- work and organisation studies
Researchers working in this area use a number of methodological approaches including ethnographic and photo elicitation practices, textual analysis, field walking and interviews.
Our work focuses upon a range of spaces and scales and we are particularly interested in:
- representations of UK military airspaces
- the politics of military landscapes and environments
- the production of contemporary military memoirs
- the practices of military aviators
- the value of the university armed service units
- the experiences of participation in the Reserve forces
- gender issues in the UK military
- resisting militarisation in UK schools
- the geopolitics of military commemoration
People working on this theme include:
|Neil Jenkings||Craig Jones||Rachel Woodward|
|Alison Williams||Nick Megoran|
More information can be found on our military research website.
Resistance, justice and peaceResistance, justice and peace
The research within this strand is concerned with a variety of subjects relating to the geographies of resistance, justice and peace.
These include conceptual developments within and empirical analysis of:
- the geopolitics of peace
- female sex trafficking in Nepal
- conflict resolution in the Caribbean
- the cultural politics of asylum and refuge
We also look at:
- the political strategies of resistance and protest exercised by students and young people
- the nature of radical politics today
- the hegemony of neoliberalism
People working on this theme include:
|Peter Hopkins||Craig Jones||Raksha Pande||Jonathan Pugh||Nick Megoran|
More information can be found on our geographies of justice research site.
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
Lecturer in Human Geography
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 3935
Professor Peter Hopkins
Professor of Social Geography and University Dean of Social Justice
Telephone: (0191) 208 3924
Dr Neil Jenkings
Senior Research Associate
Telephone: +44 (0)191 208 3806
Dr Craig Jones
Lecturer in Political Geography
Telephone: 0191 208 3960
Dr Robert Lawshaw
Lecturer in Geography
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 3918
Dr Nick Megoran
Reader in Political Geography
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6450
Dr Jonathan Pugh
Senior Academic Fellow
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6425
Dr Alison Williams
Senior Lecturer in Political Geography & Geography Degree Programme Director (L701/F800/FH82)
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 8489
Professor Rachel Woodward
Professor of Human Geography
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6434
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.
|Eleojo Abubakar||The Socio-Spatial Coverage and Inequality of Healthcare Services in Nigeria|
|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|
|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|
|Matthew Scott||Technogeopolitics and the Berlin-Baghdad Railway|
|Lexy Seedhouse||Be(com)ing Indigenous in the Time of Extraction: (Re)articulating Identities in the Context of Peru’s Ley de Consulta Previa.|
|Andrea Wilkinson||Climate Change and Fairtrade Agriculture – Securing Livelihoods in Peru|
|Isabel Williams||Cartographies of Heritage: Mapping the Interpretations of Landscape|
- 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).
- 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.
- 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.
- Grove K, Pugh J. Adaptation Machines or the biopolitics of adaptation. In: Lawrence,J;Bohland,J;Davoudi,S;Knox,P, ed. The Resilience Machine. 2017. In Press.
- Pugh J. Review of Roberts. B.R. and Stephens M.A. (2017) Archipelagic American studies, Durham and London Duke University Press. Island Studies Journal 2017, 12(2), 329-330.
- The Analogue University, Pande R, Pugh J. Control, resistance and 'the data university': towards a third wave critique.Antipode 2017.
- Pugh J, Grove K. Assemblage, Transversality and Participation in the Neoliberal University. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space 2017, 35(6), 1134-1152.
- Pugh J. Resilience as New Political Reality. In: Butler RW, ed. Resilience and Tourism. Wallington, Oxfordshire: CABI, 2017, pp.206-215.
- Pugh J. Book review: Island Genres, Genre Islands: Conceptualisation and Representation in Popular Fiction. Cultural Geographies 2017, Epub ahead of print.
- Pugh J. A sceptical approach to ‘the everyday’: Relating Stanley Cavell and Human Geography. Geoforum 2017, 79, 36-45.
- Pugh, J. (with The Analogue University) Academic identities in the managed university: Neoliberalism and resistance at Newcastle University, UK, Australian University Review, 59, 2, 23-36.
- 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. A phenomenology of archipelagos: from thinking with to within the archipelago. Chapter accepted for ‘Anthology: Archipelagic Thinking: Towards New Comparative Methodologies and Disciplinary Formations’, in press.
- 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.