The School of Geography, Politics and Sociology

Staff Profile

Dr Robin Finlay

Research Associate



Robin is a postdoc researcher in social and cultural geography and is currently working on the project 'Young People, Diversity and Belonging in a Post-Brexit-Age' which is funded by the Research Excellence Academy at Newcastle University. His research interests include: migration; diaspora formation; geographies of Muslim identities; young people and diversity; and urban diversity in the UK and Spain. Robin completed 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 a researcher at LSE Cities on the ‘Super-diverse streets: Economies and spaces of urban migration in UK Cities’ project and as the lead researcher on a project titled ‘Muslim Youth and Political Participation in Scotland’ at Newcastle University. He also has government and policy research experience, working as quantitative researcher at the Migration and Borders Analysis team at the Home Office in London

Roles and Responsibilities 

Robin is the lead researcher on the project 'Young People, Diversity and Belonging in a Post-Brexit-Age'. This project seeks to explore young people’s views and experiences of belonging, diversity, migration and nationhood in marginal and post-industrial cities in the UK.  The project aims to map out the new contours of difference and generational rupture that have come to mark the ‘post-Brexit’ age.


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