The School of Geography, Politics and Sociology

Staff Profile

Professor Anoop Nayak

Professor of Social & Cultural Geography



My main research interests are in the areas of:

(i) Race, Ethnicity and Migration - whiteness, de/post-colonial and anti-racism 

(ii) Young People, Place and Belonging - class and intersectional social divisions

(iii) Global Masculinities and Femininities- gender, sexuality, masculinities and change  


Chair in Social and Cultural Geography

Roles and Responsibilities

External roles include: EQA assessor for REF 2021; External Examiner for BA Geography, University of Leicester 2014-17; External Examiner for Sociology (UG and PGT), Birmingham University, 2015-2018; Open University Periodic Quality Assessment Evaluator (2019), MA External Examiner Cambridge Social Sciences (2021-onwards).

Internal roles include: University Promotions Committee (2017- onwards); Head of Geography/DHoS  (2014-18); Geographies of Social Change cluster leader (2017-18), (2019- onwards).


PhD Human Geography - Ivory Lives: Race, Ethnicity and the Practice of Whiteness amongst Young People (passed with no corrections) 
M.Soc. Sci. Cultural Studies (Distinction)
BA Hons Literature and History

Previous Positions 

Research Fellow (School of Education, Newcastle University); Lecturer in Cultural and Media Studies (Liverpool John Moores University); ESRC postgraduate researcher (University of Birmingham)

Editorial Board Membership

Social & Cutlural Geography


Leisure Studies

British Journal of Sociology of Education

Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power.



Research Interests

My research interests are in the fields of race, ethnicity, migration and asylum; youth and cultural studies; masculinities and social change; whiteness, nationalism and new theories of social class.

Funded Projects

Finlay, R. and Nayak, A. Young People in Disadvantaged Neighbourhoods (Social Justice Award, awarded December 2018)

Collier, R, Nayak, Al. and Rankin, J. (Co-I) Masculinities and Management in Higher Education (EDI Award, awarded January, 2019).

Nayak, A. (PI) Young People, Diversity and Belonging in the Age of  Brexit (Research Excellence Award, 2017- 19)

Nayak, A. (PI) Boys to Men: Understanding What it Means to be a Man - Creating New Templates for Masculinities (ESRC Co-production, 2018-19)

Postgraduate Supervision


1. Daniel Barwick (ESRC 3.5) The Black Lives Matter Movement: Transnational Activism and Urban Neoliberal  

2. Jonathan Finn (ESRC 1 3) Masculinities, Memory, Nostalgia and Post-industrial Shipbuilding Area

3. Lydia Wysocki (ESRC 3) Race and Nationhood in the British Comic Scene

4. Graham Gaunt - Masculinities, Youth Transitions and Contemporary Apprenticeships (ESRC 3 CASE with North East Training Association; with Robert Hollands)



Undergraduate Teaching

GEO3099: Dissertation 
GEO3153: Geographies of Race and Nation (Module leader)
GEO2111: Doing Human Geography Research (co-Module leader)
GEO2100: Contested Geographies of New York City

Postgraduate Teaching

I currently mentor 4 PhD students in various areas of social and cultural geography. I am happy to supervise PhD students in my specialist areas of race, racisms and ethnicities; geographies of youth and social inequalities; social class transformations; masculinities, gender and the economy.