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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
  • 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.

Geographies of Social Change 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 group’s commitment to creating knowledge that has material benefits to the wider community, voluntary sector and policy sphere is evidenced through engagement and coproduction with diverse local and international organisations including: Tyne and Wear Citizens, Islamic Diversity Centre, Muslim Engagement and Development, Tyneside Women’s Health, Northumberland Trans Equality Network, Canadian Filipino Association of Yukon, UNHRC, and Dadaab Refugee Training Centre Kenya.

The cluster has also advanced influential participatory and arts-based methodologies: participatory action research, participatory GIS, and community-based volunteering.

Research themes