The School of Geography, Politics and Sociology

Staff Profile

Dr Mark Griffiths

NU Academic Track Fellow (NUAcT)



I joined the School of Geography, Politics and Sociology in 2019 as a NUAcT Research Fellow. Before joining Newcastle I held faculty positions at the University of Oulu in Finland and Northumbria University. At Oulu I worked on RELATE, an Academy of Finland Centre of Excellence focused on the territorial politics of bordering, identities and transnationalisation. At Northumbria I worked in the Centre for International Development in the Department of Social Science. I completed my post-graduate studies at University College London and King's College London


Research interests

My research is orientated around the theme ‘a critical geopolitics of development’ and is focused on analyses of military occupation and ethical inquiry in geographical research. I work primarily in Palestine where I collaborate with local academic partners and NGOs to document and better understand life in the context of occupation. On ethics, I have given talks and written on research practice and positionality in fieldwork settings in the ‘global South’. I have worked on and led projects funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, the Leverhulme Trust and British Academy. 

Please contact me for research collaboration or post-graduate supervision, and also for questions about the NUAcT scheme.


I teach on the undergraduate module GEO3102