The School of Geography, Politics and Sociology

Power, Space, Politics


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.


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 Kathryn Manzo
Senior Lecturer

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6454

Dr Nick Megoran
Reader in Political Geography

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6450

Professor Rachel Pain
Professor of Human Geography


Telephone: +44 (0)191 208 3557

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

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.

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

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
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.