The School of Geography, Politics and Sociology

Staff Profile

Dr Robin Finlay

Research Associate



Robin is a social and cultural geographer and is currently working as a postdoc researcher on the project ‘Refugee Youth and Public Space’ which is funded by the Humanities in the European Research Area. His research primarily focuses on social and cultural urban geographies of marginalised and minority communities. Research interests include: migration; diaspora; migrant city-making; urban multiculture; race, ethnicity and racism; geographies of Muslim identities; and youth geographies. 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 the projects ‘Muslim Youth and Political Participation in Scotland’ and ‘Young People, Diversity and Belonging in a Brexit-Age’ 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 ‘Refugee youth and Public Space’. This project is researching the personal urban geographies of young refugees and asylum seekers in four European cities, mapping their migration histories, exploring their post-arrival experiences and asking how their place-making and artistic practices contribute to the transformation of urban public space.


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