New Postgraduate Representatives

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Our postgraduate representatives (Angharad Butler-Rees, Nick Robinson, and Leila Wilmers)  have been a brilliant part of the PolGRG committee. Among many other things, they have contributed to, and energised, the blog on this website dedicated to reflections from postgraduate students and they organised a fantastic and innovative session at the last RGS conference on ‘Emerging voices in political geography: navigating challenges and failure in the field’.

Having worked in this role for a year, Angharad, Nick, and Leila have completed their term and have been handing over to the new team of postgrad reps. A huge thank you to Angharad, Nick, and Leila for all of their hard work and commitment to the role over the past year. It is very much appreciated and stands our new reps in very good stead for the year ahead.

Our new reps were elected during the AGM at the 2018 RGS conference and we are delighted to welcome them to the committee:

Hannah Dickinson, University of Sheffield:

Hannah DickinsonHannah’s research takes a ‘Geopolitical Ecology’ perspective to explore the political dynamics of the regulation of illegal caviar trade, and sturgeon conservation within the European Union. The research explores how different EU institutions, EU member states and NGOs are involved in regulating the caviar industry, and how concerns about security and organised crime influence these regulatory mechanisms. Moreover, Hannah’s research brings unique insights into the geopolitical conversation around caviar, crime and corruption, by drawing upon ‘post-humanist’ and ‘more-than-human’ geography approaches, to conceptualise sturgeon and caviar as Geopolitical subjects and actors.

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Viktoria Noka, University of Glasgow:

Viktoria’s research explores the geographies of solidarity and politics at play during environmental activism and protest. The research focuses in particular on the anti-nuclear energy movement in Wendland, Germany and the way in which activist spaces are (co-)produced by a variety of actors. The (often neglected) role of emotions in forming solidarities and informing activist practices becomes central to understanding the emergence of such (collective) political movements.


Laura Shipp


Laura Shipp, Royal Holloway, University of London

Laura is an EPSRC funded PhD student in Geopolitics and Cybersecurity. Her current research interests are in cyber security and feminist geopolitics and the way these two research areas can intersect and interact with one another. In particular, Laura is interested in emerging reproductive technologies and the political issues they raise in relation to the body.