School of Natural and Environmental Sciences

Staff Profile

Dr Menelaos Gkartzios

Senior Lecturer in Planning & Development


I am Senior Lecturer in Planning & 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 chair the Rural Studies & Resource Economics research group, and lead the Rural research cluster within the Institute for Creative Arts Practice; I co-ordinate the MSc in Food and Rural Development Research; and, I 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

  • Art and place-based development
  • Mobilities and counterurbanisation
  • Housing, regeneration and development 
  • International comparative research


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 over 20 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
    • External examiner: University of Toronto (2019); University of York (2018); Humboldt University of Berlin (2015)
    • Invited speaker/public lectures (selection): 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 (Ireland) for a policy report on occupancy conditions in rural housing, Scottish Government (2009)

    Research Networks


    Teaching Roles

    I am the Degree Programme Director of the MSc in Food & Rural Development Research. I led the School's Peer Dialogue practice between 2012-2016.

    Undergraduate Teaching

    • ACE3017 Rural Planning, Politics and Society (Module Leader)
    • ACE2066 Qualitative Methods
    • ACE3093 Special Study (Contributor/Supervisor)

    Postgraduate Teaching

    • ACE8095 Dissertation (Module Leader)
    • ACE8047: Work Placement (Module Leader)
    • ACE8050 The Contemporary Countryside (Contributor)

    PhD Supervision

    I am currently supervising the following PhD 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)