Dr Matej Blazek
Lecturer in Human Geography
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- Telephone: +44 (0) 1912 087059
- Address: 3.73c Daysh Building
Newcastle Upon Tyne
I am a social geographer with separate but inter-connected interests in childhood and in marginalised migrants. What brings these two themes together is the focus on agency and commitment to collaborative praxis beyond research itself.
2017 onwards: Lecturer in Human Geography, Newcastle University
2012-2016: Lecturer in Human Geography, Loughborough University
2012-2013: Researcher, International Organization for Migration
2016:Certificate of Higher Education in Counselling, University of Leicester
2016: Postgraduate Certificate of Academic Practice, Loughborough University
2011: PhD in Geography, University of Dudee
2007: MA in Human Geography (Research), Newcastle University
2006: BSc in Geography and Cartography, Comenius University Bratislava
I explore how people too often found to lack capacities to act can transform their lives, their communities, and the world far beyond. I tend to work collaboratively and my commitment is to mutual engagement with partners from outside academia. Thematically, my research has evolved around two areas: childhood and marginalised migrants.
My research on childhood has been examining the formation of children's agency in relation to a range of factors, from the institutional governance of childhood to embodiment and everyday materialities. Exploring new modes and spaces of engagement with children, I am looking to reconceptualise children as actors with transformative potential. Other interests include geographies of children's emotions with relevance to politics and policy of childhood, collaborative practitioner-based methodologies, particularly ethnography and participatory video, care ethics and geographies of youth work.
The (more recent) focus on migration has developed with a focus on everyday experiences of migrants in insecure and marginalised contexts. More specifically, I have been exploring relations between violence, power and agency. My current work looks at human trafficking between Eastern Europe and the United Kingdom and Eastern European Roma people in the UK after Brexit.
In 2017/18, I am involved in the teaching of the following modules:
- Contemporary Human Geography of the UK (Module Leader)
Additionally, I am the Peer Mentoring Coordinator for Geography and Geography Student Advisor for Combined Honours and would be happy to talk to students participating in these schemes.
- Blazek M. Rematerialising Children's Agency: Everyday Practices in a Post-Socialist Estate. Bristol: Policy Press, 2015.
- Blazek M, Kraftl P, ed. Children’s Emotions in Policy and Practice: Mapping and Making Spaces of Childhood. London: Palgrave, 2015.
- Blazek M. Children and Young People's Emotional Geographies. In: Skelton, T Aitken, S, ed. Geographies of Children and Young People. Establishing Geographies of Children and Young People. New York: Springer, 2018. In Press.
- Askins K, Blazek M. Feeling our way: academia, emotions and a politics of care. Social & Cultural Geography 2017, 18(8), 1086-1105.
- Blazek M. Participatory video with children and young people. In: Evans, Ruth; Holt, Louise; Skelton, Tracey, ed. Methodological Approaches. Singapore: Springer, 2017, pp.243-260.
- Smith FM, Blazek M, Brown DM, van Blerk L. The relational spaces of mentoring with young people 'at risk'. In: Jupp, Eleanor; Pykett, Jessica; Smith, Fiona M, ed. Emotional States: Sites and spaces of affective governance. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge, 2017.
- Blazek M, Suska P. Towards dialogic post-socialism: Relational geographies of Europe and the notion of community in urban activism in Bratislava . Political Geography 2017, 61, 46-56.
- Smith FM, Blazek M, Brown DM, van Blerk L. 'It's good but it's not enough': the relational geographies of social policy and youth mentoring interventions. Social & Cultural Geography 2016, 17(7), 959-979.
- Blazek M. Children's emotional geographies: politics of difference and practices of engagement. In: Hackett, Abigail; Procter, Lisa; Seymour, Julie, ed. Children's Spatialities: Embodiment, Emotion and Agency. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015, pp.95-111.
- Blazek M, Smith FM, Lemešová M, Hricová P. Ethics of care across professional and everyday positionalities: The (un)expected impacts of participatory video with young female carers in Slovakia. Geoforum 2015, 61, 45-55.
- Blazek M, Kraftl P. Introduction: children's emotions in policy and practice. In: Blazek, M. and Kraft, P, ed. Children's Emotions in Policy and Practice: Mapping and Making Spaces of Childhood. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015, pp.1-16.
- Blazek M. Labour exploitation of non-EU migrants in Slovakia: patterns, implications and structural violence. In: Craig, G., Waite, L., Lewis, H., Skrivankova, K, ed. Vulnerability, Exploitation and Migrants: Insecure Work in a Globalised Economy. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015, pp.72-85.
- Kraftl P, Blazek M. Mapping and making spaces of childhood. In: Kraftl, Peter, ed. Children's Emotions in Policy and Practice: Mapping and Making Spaces of Childhood. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015, pp.291-307.
- Blazek M, Hricová P. Understanding (how to be with) children's emotions: relationships, spaces and politics of reconnection in reflections from detached youth work. In: Kraftl, Peter, ed. Children's Emotions in Policy and Practice: Mapping and Making Spaces of Childhood. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015, pp.204-220.
- Blazek M. Migration, vulnerability and the complexity of violence: Experiences of documented non-EU migrants in Slovakia. Geoforum 2014, 56, 101-112.
- Blazek M, Windram-Geddes M. Editorial: Thinking and doing children's emotional geographies. Emotion, Space and Society 2013, 9, 1-3.
- Blazek M. Emotions as practice: Anna Freud's child psychoanalysis and thinking-doing children's emotional geographies. Emotion, Space and Society 2013, 9, 24-32.
- Blazek M, Hranova P. Emerging relationships and diverse motivations and benefits in participatory video with young people. Children's Geographies 2012, 10(2), 151-168.
- Blazek M. Place, children's friendships, and the formation of gender identities in a Slovak urban neighbourhood. Children's Geographies 2011, 9(3-4), 285-302.