School of Natural and Environmental Sciences

Staff Profile

Dr Menelaos Gkartzios

Reader in Planning & Rural Development


I am a Reader in Planning & Rural Development, based at the Centre for Rural Economy. I am interested in urban-rural mobilities and social change; governance and housing policy; art and place-based development; and international comparative research - especially questions around language politics. My research is published in journals such as the Journal of Rural Studies, Sociologia Ruralis, Regional Studies, GeoforumPopulation, Space & PlaceWorld Development, Land Use Policy, etc. Citations to my papers can be found in Google Scholar and Scopus. I have led or participated in research projects funded by the Economic & Social Research Council, the Arts & Humanities Research Council, the British Council, the Greek Latsis Public Benefit Foundation, the Irish Research Council, and the European Regional Development Fund. I have held a 5-month post as Visiting Associate Professor at the University of Tokyo, and I have been awarded competitive Visiting Research Fellowships at the National University of Ireland, Galway and at the University of Akureyri in Iceland.

I am Associate Editor of the academic journal Habitat International, and sit on the Editorial Boards of Sociologia Ruralis, Progress in Planning and Journal of Rural Studies. At Newcastle University, I co-lead the Rural research cluster within the Institute for Creative Arts Practice, where I organised a 'slow' conference on creative arts practice in and about the countryside. I also sit on the steering committee of the Centre for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, on the Faculty Ethics Committee and on CRE's Management Board. As part of my engagement practice, I co-lead a collaborative Artist Residency programme with Berwick Visual Arts, I am a Board of Directors member of the Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival and sit on the steering committee of the Visual Arts in Rural Community project 'Entwined: Rural. Land. Lives. Art'. I am an Academician of the Academy of Urbanism, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and a Fellow of the UK's Higher Education Academy. 

Area of Expertise

Spatial Planning, Rural Sociology, Art Studies


  • Reader, Newcastle University, Centre for Rural Economy (2020-)
  • Senior Lecturer, Newcastle University, Centre for Rural Economy (2016-2020)
  • Visiting Associate Professor, University of Tokyo (2017-2018)
  • Lecturer, Newcastle University, Centre for Rural Economy (2010-2016)
  • Post-Doctoral Researcher, University College Dublin (2008-2010)


  • Certificate in Advanced Studies in Academic Practice, Newcastle University (2014)
  • PhD in Urban & Regional Planning, University College Dublin (2008)
  • MSc in Environmental Resource Management, University College Dublin (2004)
  • MAgrSc in Agricultural Economics & Rural Development, Agricultural University of Athens (2002)

Professional Memberships

  • European Society for Rural Sociology
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts
  • Academician of the Academy of Urbanism


Research Interests

  • Artistic practice and place-based development
  • Mobilities and counterurbanisation
  • Housing and development 
  • International comparative research, especially language politics 


Research Projects

    Esteem Indicators

    • Associate Editor of Habitat International (2020- )
    • Scientific committee member: XV World Congress of Rural Sociology (IRSA), Cairns, Australia (2021); IV International Congress of Architecture and Planning (ICONARCH), Konya, Turkey (2020)
    • Visiting Research Fellow: University of Akureyri, Iceland (2019); National University of Ireland, Galway (2019)  
    • Expert review panel member of the Swedish Research Council for Sustainable Development (Formas) (2018-2022)
    • Visiting Associate Professor at the University of Tokyo, Japan (2017-2018)
    • Editorial Board member: Sociologia Ruralis; Progress in Planning; Journal of Rural Studies
    • Advisor to the research project 'Socio-Economic Analysis of Counterurbanisation' awarded at Japan's Meiji University, funded by the JSPS (2019-2021)
    • Reviewer for above 30 academic journals (my public profile as a reviewer is available in publons)
    • Research proposal reviewer: Economic and Social Research Council; British Council; British Academy; Czech Science Foundation; Teagasc - Agriculture and Food Development Authority; NHS National Institute for Health Research; Research Council of the Université catholique de Louvain (UCLouvain)
    • External examiner: University of Melbourne (2020); University of Toronto (2019); University of York (2018); Humboldt University of Berlin (2015)
    • Invited speaker/public lectures (selection): New Europeans (civil rights movement) (2020), online; Hof Cultural Centre, Akureyri, Iceland (2019); University of Amsterdam (2019); Moore Institute - National University of Ireland, Galway (2019); International Symposium on the Global Countryside, Wales (2018); Whitechapel Gallery (2018); University of Tokyo (2017); University of Kyoto (2017); Chiba University, Japan (2017); Kindai University, Japan (2017); German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) workshop on ‘Migration Processes and Rural Development in Peripheral Areas’ (2016); Pontifical Catholic University of Valparaiso, Chile (2016); James Hutton Institute (2015); University College Dublin Earth Institute (2012)
    • Book proposal reviewer: Routledge; Palgrave Macmillan; Rowman & Littlefield
    • Organisation committee of the Swedish Academy of Agriculture & Forestry Bertebos conference (2014)
    • National expert (Occupancy conditions in rural housing), Scottish Government (2009)

    Research Networks


    Teaching Roles

    • Degree Programme Director of the MSc in Food & Rural Development Research (2011-2020)
    • Peer Dialogue (Peer Observation of Teaching) leader (2012-2016)


    • ACE3017 Rural Planning, Politics and Society (Module Leader, on leave for 2020/21)
    • ACE2078 Qualitative Research Methods (Module Leader)
    • ACE3093 Special Study (Contributor/Supervisor)
    • ACE3099 Agri-food Business Management and Marketing Dissertation (Contributor/Supervisor)

    Postgraduate Research 

    I am currently supervising the following postgraduate research students:

    PhD students completed: 

    • Dr Richard Austin (Northumberland National Park funded)
    • Dr Nur Bahiah Mohamed Haris (Malaysia Government funded)
    • Dr Fran Rowe (ESRC funded)
    • Dr Jorge Altamirano Flores (Ecuador Government funded)
    • Dr Heidi Saxby (ESRC funded)
    • Rodolfo Sertori (Occasional Study for 6 months, São Paulo Research Foundation funded)