The School of Geography, Politics and Sociology

Staff Profile

Dr Craig Jones

Lecturer in Political Geography

Background

Background

I joined the School of Geography, Politics, and Sociology in early 2017. Before moving to Newcastle I was a PhD student at the University of British Columbia, where I also did my M.A.


Research interests

I am interested in war and (para)military violence, conflict medicine and forced displacement, the geographies of international law and the contemporary Middle East and North Africa.

I am currently working on two interdisciplinary projects. The first examines the involvement of military lawyers in aerial targeting operations carried out by the US military in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the Israeli military in Gaza and the West Bank. I am writing a book, The War Lawyers: US, Israel, and the Spaces of Targeting (under contract with OUP) drawing on several years of fieldwork and over 50 interviews with US and Israeli military lawyers. In the book, I argue that international law has become part of the very fabric of later modern war and that US and Israeli military lawyers play a surprisingly crucial role in planning and executing a wide range of lethal and non-lethal military operations.


The second research investigates access to treatment for the sick and injured in a region where medical and healthcare infrastructures have been destroyed (often deliberately) by military and paramilitary violence. It focuses on three ongoing conflicts in the Middle East - Gaza, Syria and Iraq - and traces the systems of casualty evacuation and medical care that have emerged within and across borders in the region. 


Areas of expertise

  • Later modern war
  • Conflict and displacement
  • Conflict and healthcare
  • The contemporary Middle East
  • Geographies of international law

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Research

Research interests

I am interested in war and (para)military violence, conflict medicine and forced displacement, the geographies of international law and the contemporary Middle East and North Africa. I am currently working on two interdisciplinary projects.

The first examines the involvement of military lawyers in aerial targeting operations carried out by the US military in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the Israeli military in Gaza and the West Bank. I am currently writing a book, The War Lawyers: US, Israel, and the Spaces of Targeting (under contract with OUP) drawing on several years of fieldwork and over 50 interviews with US and Israeli military lawyers. In the book, I argue that international law has become part of the very fabric of later modern war and that US and Israeli military lawyers play a surprisingly crucial role in planning and executing a wide range of lethal and non-lethal military operations.

The second research investigates access to treatment for the sick and injured in a region where medical and healthcare infrastructures have been destroyed (often deliberately) by military and paramilitary violence. It focuses on three ongoing conflicts in the Middle East - Gaza, Syria and Iraq - and traces the systems of casualty evacuation and medical care that have emerged within and across borders in the region. 

 

Teaching

I teach across a variety of topics and subject including post 9/11 war and conflict, migration and displacement in the Middle East and Europe, international law and the laws of war, cities under siege, geopolitics, political geography, the Cyprus question, the Palestine-Israel conflict, and film and documentary, among other things. 

I currently teach:


GEO1010 Interconnected World (Lecturer)

GEO2047 Political Geography (Lecturer)

GEO2139 Exploring Everyday Political Geographies in a Divided City: Nicosia (boots on the ground)

GEO3041 Geographies of Film, representation and critical spectatorship (Lecturer)

GEOG3102 Geopolitics (Module Leader and Lecturer)

GEO3145 Humanitarianism: Representation, Intervention and Rescue (Lecturer)

GEO8017 Human Geography: Concepts in Action (Lecturer)


Publications