The School of Geography, Politics and Sociology

Staff Profile

Olivia Mason

Teaching Fellow (Political Geography)

Background

I am a Teaching Fellow in Political Geography. I have recently completed a PhD at Durham University and prior to this I completed my Masters at Glasgow University and completed my undergraduate degree in Geography at Newcastle University. 

Research

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. 

Teaching

I teach across a variety of topics and subjects including political geography, the Palestine-Israel conflict, research methods, the Cyprus question, 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

GEO1018: Geographical Analysis: Seminar Leader

GEO2111: Doing Human Geography Research: Seminar Leader

GEO2047 Political Geograph): Module Leader and Lecturer

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

GEO3102 Geopolitics: Module Leader and Lecturer

GEO3099 Dissertation: Dissertation Supervisor