The School of Geography, Politics and Sociology

Staff Profile

Dr Robin Finlay

Research Associate



Robin is a researcher in human geography and is currently working on the AHRC funded project  Muslim Young People’s Political Participation in Scotland’. He is a social and cultural geographer with a specific interest in urban geographies of diasporas and migration. Robin submitted his PhD in early 2016, which was an examination of Moroccan diaspora formations in the city of Granada in southern Spain. He has worked as researcher at LSE Cities on the ‘Super-diverse streets: Economies and spaces of urban migration in UK Cities’ project. He also has government and policy research experience, working as quantitate researcher at the Migration and Borders Analysis team at the Home Office in London. Robin has contributed to teaching at Newcastle University, leading seminars at undergraduate and postgraduate level and lectures at undergraduate level. 

Roles and Responsibilities 

Robin is the lead researcher on the AHRC funded project ‘Muslim Young People’s Political Participation in Scotland’.  This project seeks to explore political participation among Muslim young people (16-25) in Scotland, and consequently, how this impacts on everyday experiences of being Muslim. The project aims to shed light on the complexity of young Muslim political participation, exploring how Scotland’s political, social and cultural landscape, through its intersections with the global, produces diverse patterns of young Muslim political engagement and integration. 


PhD Human Geography, Newcastle University, Passed May 2016 

MA Human Geography Research, Distinction, Newcastle University, 2012

MSc Cultural Tourism Development, Merit, Sunderland University, 2008

BA (Hons) Spanish and Tourism Studies, First Class Honours, Northumbria University, 2007