The School of Geography, Politics and Sociology

Staff Profile

Dr Olivia Mason

Lecturer (Political Geography)


I am a T and S Lecturer in Political Geography. I have recently graduated from Durham University with a PhD in Human Geography and prior to this I completed my Masters at Glasgow University and my undergraduate degree in Geography at Newcastle University. 


Broadly, my interests lie in the intersections between movement, culture, and politics in the Middle East. 

My thesis focused on a walking trail in Jordan, the Jordan Trail, to explore questions of politics and movement through a cultural practice. In doing so this project has three key areas of interest:

First to better understanding a politics of movement through walking itself: what does walking mean in different contexts and cultures and how can past and present mobilities and immobilities in the region be understood through walking. 

Second to bring together cultural and political geographical approaches to place. I explore how embodied, grounded, and practised knowledge of place emerges on the Jordan Trail but also how this helps to understand the political context and territory of Jordan differently.

Third, to better conceptualise movement across different locations and sites within the context of the Middle East. 


Mason, O. (2019) 'Walking the Line: lines, embodiment, and movement on the Jordan Trail'. Cultural Geographies.


I teach across a variety of topics and subjects including political geography, the Middle East, research methods, geopolitics, biopolitics, amongst other things.  

I take a research-based approach in my teaching. In particular introducing students to real-world issues in my teaching to offer a clear, practical, and applied route into theoretical discussions.

I am also a pastoral tutor and a dissertation supervisor.

I currently teach on:

GEO1096: Geographical Skills: Seminar Leader

GEO1010 Interconnected World: Lecturer and Seminar Leader

GEO1015 Contemporary Human Geography of the UK: Lecturer

GEO2111: Doing Human Geography Research: Seminar Leader

GEO2125: Fieldwork at Home: Module Leader

GEO2047 Political Geography: Module Leader and Lecturer

GEO3102 Geopolitics: Module Leader and Lecturer

GEO3099 Dissertation: Dissertation Supervisor

I have previously taught on:

GEO1018: Geographical Analysis: Seminar Leader

GEO2139 Exploring Everyday Political Geographies in a Divided City: Nicosia: Co-module Leader and Lecturer.