The School of Geography, Politics and Sociology

Staff Profile

Dr Michael Richardson

Lecturer in Human Geography



Michael has been at Newcastle University since 2006 having studied here for his BA, MA and PhD. In 2014 he joined the school of Geography, Politics and Sociology as a Lecturer of Human Geography; before this he worked as a Teaching Fellow here in Human Geography (2013). Michael was funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) to conduct PhD research into Irish Masculinities on Tyneside (2010-2013) and now builds from this expertise in his research led teaching.

Roles and Responsibilities

Michael lectures and leads fieldcourses both locally and internationally for undergraduates here at Newcastle. He also supports students (both undergraduate and postgraduate) and provides pastoral care as appropriate.

He was Director of the ESRC Northern Ireland and North East Doctoral Training Partnership (NINEDTP) Children, Youth and Families thematic pathway (from 2016-2019).


PhD Human Geography, Newcastle University, 2015

MA Human Geography Research, Merit, Newcastle University, 2010

BA Hons Geography, 2:1, Newcastle University, 2009

PhD Supervision

Ged Ridley: ESRC 1 3 studentship - Queering Space: transgender experiences of public bathrooms, collaborative project with Yorkshire Trans Support Network (co-supervised with Prof Peter Hopkins) [2015-2018]

Jonny Finn: ESRC 1 3 studentship - Exploration of Post-Industrial Masculine Identity Construction in Newcastle upon Tyne (co-supervised with Prof Alastair Bonnett and Prof Anoop Nayak) [2015-2018]

Niamh Lear: ESRC 1 3 studentship - Generation Emigration? An exploration of 'Irishness' among London's second generation (co-supervised with Prof Peter Hopkins) [2016-2019]

Libby Morrison: ESRC 1 3 studentship - Co-ordinating for Age: an assessment of intergenerational justice and rural disadvantage in Northumberland (co-supervised with Prof Tom Scharf and Prof Peter Hopkins) [2016-2019]

Paul Barber: ESRC 3.5 studentship - Cadet forces and the skills agenda (co-supervised with Prof Rachel Woodward and Dr Alison Williams) [2018-2021]


Geographies of gender and masculinities

Michael has recently been funded through the BBC Children in Need programme to evaluate the Teen Dads Project, in collaboration with the North East Young Dads and Lads (2020-2022).

He has organised masculinities sessions at the American Association of Geographers (AAG) conference in New York (2012) and San Francisco (2016). He also contributed to a panel discussion at the Nordic Geographers Annual Meeting (2019) on sustainable diets, masculinities and environmental caring. This had led to a strand of work looking at the relationships between meat and masculinities.

His gender based expertise has been recognised and featured through:

The BBC: 

The Huffington Post:

Geographies of age and intergenerational relations 

Michael has developed a digital storytelling app with research software engineers at Newcastle Data and creative practitioners at Seven Stories: the National Centre for Children's Books. His work helps develop masculinities of care in innovative ways.

Throughout much of Michael's work he adopts an intergenerational approach to researching men's lives and this has focused around ideas of fatherhood and loneliness with young dads and older men. 

In the newly formed NINEDTP (Northern Ireland and North East Doctoral Training Partnership) funded by the ESRC, Michael held the role of Director of the Children, Youth and Families thematic pathway (2016-2019). 

Geographies of the postindustrial and the postcolonial

Michael's research background studying the Irish in Britain draws links across postindustrial and postcolonial identities. More recently Michael has been involved in researching issues of race and ethnicity in a post Brexit era with colleagues here at Newcastle; with the empirical focus on young people helping to bring in his expertise on intergenerational geographies.

Equally, Michael has been developing his research of the postcolonial with a particular focus on Hong Kong; with issues of race and class again at the forefront. Developing these ideas further, Michael is currently exploring the notion of protest, privilege and the postcolonial city.

Researching creatively

Most recently, Michael has been researching the benefits of creative practice from a social, cultural and geographical perspective through a digital storytelling app. Having published on this topic already he is keen to establish creative practice as a pathway to impact.

As part of the ESRC Festival of Social Science (2013), he commissioned a play based on his PhD research titled 'Under Us All' which was a piece of verbatim theatre, coupled with artistic workshops, based on the narratives of three generations of men of Irish descent. 



Module Leader

GEO2225 - Citizenship in a Global City: Hong Kong - an international fieldcourse for Stage 2 undergraduates

GEO3135 - Geographies of Gender and Generation - a specialist Stage 3 undergraduate module

Further teaching commitments

GEO2111 - Doing Geographical Research: Theory and Practice - Stage 2 dissertation preparation module

GEO3099 - Dissertation - mentorship of Stage 3 students in the development of their dissertations

GEO8017 - Human Geography: Concepts in Action