The School of Geography, Politics and Sociology

Visualities Research Group


As a School-wide research group, Visualities brings together an interdisciplinary and dynamic range of research interests. It focuses on the theoretical, cultural, methodological, ethical and communicative significance of the visual dimensions of human societies.

The Visualities Research Group is represented by academic and research staff, and a strong core of doctoral candidates in Geography, Politics and Sociology.

This eclectic and cross-disciplinary orientation creates an inclusive research environment which incorporates work undertaken in the global, national and regional contexts, as well as that which is situated within everyday settings and the quotidian.


Our research is broad in its scope and ambitions. It ranges from think-pieces which make use of visual media to critically interrogate social and political theory, to that which explores how visual technologies and surfaces are mobilised in the construction and negotiation of identities and lived experiences.

Our work is methodologically innovative. We look to add to conventional research methods such as:

  • ethnography
  • discourse analytic approaches
  • focus group and in-depth interviewing

As well as developing the range of methods and data-generating techniques being used, including:

  • photo-elicitation
  • digital storytelling
  • creative design and exhibition
  • mobile methodologies
  • virtual methodologies
  • documentary film

We are keen to advance methodological portfolios which promote engagement with non-academic researchers and audiences. We achieve this through different kinds of participatory/action research approaches.

We aspire to produce leading research which:

  • makes a significant intellectual contribution
  • has utility for policy-makers and professional stakeholders
  • nurtures knowledge transfer at the interface of the academy and a wide spectrum of user-communities


Research within the group is organised under six broad themes.


People working in this research group: