The School of Geography, Politics and Sociology

Staff Profile

Dr Nick Rush-Cooper

Teaching Fellow

Background

Nick is a cultural geographer who researchers digital culture.

Research

I research landscape, epistemology and digital cultures, with a focus on digital games.

My current research seeks to understand the politics and cultures of wilderness landscapes, as they appear in digital games. More broadly, this examines how real places are 'translated' into game worlds. The processes of making and playing digital games speaks to broader concerns with emobodiment, affect and non-representational approaches. In order to achieve this, I aim to develop specific methods and approaches hat are best suited to the geographies of game spaces. My specific theoretical expertise is in post-phenomenology, with a focus on the works of Maurice Merleau-Ponty and Luce Irgaray.

The geographies of digital games is an emerging sub-discipline within the broader field of digital geographies. In order to support and develop this field, I have organised and chaired successive geographies of digital games sessions at major international geography conferences for the past three years. I am working, as editor, on an edited collection based upon these sessions.


My PhD research was similarly focused on landscape, ruins, and phenomenology. For this research I worked as a tour guide for the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone over the course of nine months.


Teaching

I currently teach on the following modules:

GEO1010: Interconnected World
GEO1015: Contemporary Human Geography of the UK
GEO1018: Geographical Analysis
GEO2100: Migration, Belonging and Everyday Geopolitics: Contested Geographies of New York City (Fieldtrip)
GEO2111: Doing Human Geography Research: Theory and Practice (18/19)


I take a skills-based approach in my teaching. In particular, I focus on introducing students to epistemological debates in order to offer a clear, practical and applied route into thinking carefully about the impact and utility of theory when developing their own research skills.