Members’ interests

Gerald Aiken, Postgraduate Researcher, Durham University Community-based sociotechnical transitions, environmental activism, climate change and cities.

Dr Marco Antonsich Research Fellow, GEES, University of Birmingham
Territory, identity and belonging in the age of globalization; European identity and processes of regionalization in Europe; History and theory of Western geopolitics and political geography; Colonial geographies of Fascist Italy

Imad Aoun. I am currently working on my MA in Cultural Geography at Royal Holloway, University of London. My research interests are a few but mainly the geopolitics of education, politics of space, and the geopolitics of film and music.

Dr Sean Carter Lecturer in Human Geography, University of Exeter
Political and cultural geography; Geopolitics. I am particularly interested in two main areas – geopolitics and visual culture (especially film and photojournalism) – and the political geographies of diasporic communities (specifically in relation to Croatia and the wars in Yugoslavia, but not exclusively).

Michael Collyer, Lecturer in Human Geography and the University of Sussex, he is interested in the relationship between mobile people and states, which leads to research projects on the geopolitics of migration control, the construction of diaspora and humanitarian assistance to refugees and other forced migrants. He has research interests in the Euro-Mediterranean area and South Asia.

Professor Michael F. Davie Department of Geography, Université François-Rabelais
Urban geopolitics in the Middle East, with special reference to Beirut. Spatial identities in relation to religious affiliation among the Arab Greek-Orthodox of Syria, Lebanon and other states of the Middle East and the Gulf. Space and politics in the Lebanese conflict.

Dr Jason Dittmer Lecturer in Human Geography, UCL
I am interested in the intersection of popular culture and geopolitical discourses, especially in the contexts of religion and nationalism.  Theoretical debates that I seek to contribute to include the role of audiences in the construction of geopolitical discourses and subsequent questions of agency, scale, and structure.

Professor Klaus Dodds Professor of Geopolitics, Royal Holloway, University of London
Geopolitics and International Relations with specific reference to popular culture, public diplomacy and the geographies of war and security. I also have a long standing interest in the Polar Regions and issues pertaining such as energy geopolitics, Law of the Sea and science-politics interface.

Dr. Nick Dunn. I am a Principal Lecturer at the Manchester School of Architecture. Whilst coming from an architectural background, my research is concerned with the contemporary city as a political, economic and cultural hybrid in flux rather than as a fixed place. Furthermore I am interested in the ownership of space, its perception, demarcation and [mis]use in the city whether via urban policy or less legitimate claims. My primary research interests are interdisciplinary in nature and much of my teaching and scholarly activity relates to the mapping of urban networks, data and conditions. I am keen to develop interdisciplinary links with related disciplines with a view to developing further research.

Drew Foxall DPhil Candidate, University of Oxford
Geopolitics and political geography, particularly geographies of ethnicity and nationalism in post-Soviet Russia with specific reference to the North Caucasus.

Aaron Franks PhD Student, University of Glasgow
Social movements, particularly “the global justice movement” and activist perceptions, ethics, and tactics in light of climate change.  Tensions, creative or not, between mobility and localization.  The role of emotion, place attachment, and bodily experience in engaging with or confronting the state and other governence systems.  Alternative participatory methodologies.

Dr. Sara Fregonese, British Academy Post-Doctoral Fellow, Royal Holloway, University of London.

Critical geopolitics, urban geopolitics, with a focus on Lebanon and Beirut. Particularly: urban warfare and urbicide, geopolitical practices of non-state actors, post-colonial geographies of sectarian violence.

Clive Gabay Doctoral student, Open University
Relationality and activism; the intersection of the State, Inter-governmental Organisations and civil society, specifically the role of the Millennium Development Goals in the Global South; Power and space.

Dr Nicholas Gill, Lecturer in Human Geography, Exeter University
State power, Mobilities, Forced Migration, Devolution.

Prof Stephen Graham Professor of Human  Geography, Durham University
Political geographies of mobility, infrastructure and technology; urban geography; cities and new media; militarization and cities; cities and the ‘war on terror’; geographies of surveillance

Dr. Matthew Graves, Senior Lecturer in British & Commonwealth Studies and Geography, University of Provence (Aix-Marseille Université).

Political and Cultural Geography, with a particular interest in issues of place-space, collective memory and identity in 19th-21st century Europe and Australasia: geographies of identity, imaginative geographies, geographies of remembrance and the politics of mapping.

Liza Griffin Research Fellow, Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Westminster
Liza Griffin is interested in debates about power and space in relation to the governance of sustainable development. She has published on the good governance of marine resources in the European Union and is currently conducting research on the changing spatialities of flooding policy in the UK focussing specifically on the emerging sustainable communities discourse.

Dr. Mohammad Reza Hafeznia Professor of Political Geography & Geopolitics, Tarbiat Modares University (TMU) – Tehran
1. States (especially local states); 2. Geopolitics ( especially Humanist Geopolitics ); 3. Space & Politics; 4. Peace & Security; 5. Political Geography of Cyber Space

Dr Daniel Hammett Senior Lecturer, Department of Geography, University of Sheffield.

Political geographies of East Africa; popular geopolitics from the global south; race and identity; citizenship and nationhood; civil society and governance.


Professor Mike Heffernan Professor of Historical Geography, University of Nottingham
History of political geography and geopolitics; history of political cartography; European and American imperialism; the idea of Europe

Dr Tassilo Herrschel Reader in Urban and Regional Development, Director of the Centre for Urban and Regional Governance (CURG), University of Westminster
Urban economic restructuring, development and policy, urban competitiveness, city-regional governance, regionalism and region building, comparative (economic)policy analysis in urban regions in Europe and North America, the political economies of post-socialist transformation in Central Europe.

Dr Alan Ingram Lecturer in Geography, UCL
Geopolitics and political geography, particularly geographies of security. I explore these issues in relation to: the geopolitics of global health; the war on terror and associated geographies of in/security; geographies of security around the EU; and geopolitics and nationalism in post-Soviet Russia.

Professor Ron Johnston Professor, School of Geographical Sciences, University of Bristol
Elections (voting patterns, role of money, redistricting/redistributions, bias in election results, UK, USA, New Zealand, Australia); History of geography.

Erin B. Koenig Inter-American Institute of Human Rights
Relationships between social and spatial forces within an urban context, particularly as they impact inclusion, exclusion and access to human rights and fundamental freedoms. Particular interest in architecture/urban design in relation to human security in urban spaces.

Professor Lila Leontidou Vice-Dean of the School of Humanities , Hellenic O.U.
Geography and spatial governance; spatialities in European and Mediterranean cultures; borders and social exclusion, civil society and NGOs; urban restructuring/ governance/ sprawl, urban social movements; European integration and space, modernity, informality, postmodernism, urban policy in the E.U.; tourism and development; epistemology and education in Geography within the history of science.

Dr Tony Lemon: Political geography of South and Southern Africa: the geographies created by apartheid and post-apartheid  reconstruction, especially urban segregation / desegregation and redistribution of resources / desegregation in post-apartheid school education. Democratic consolidation in South Africa and neighbouring states. The political geography of small states and decolonisation.

Dr Cheryl McEwan Reader in Human Geography, Durham University
Political geographies of citizenship, democracy and transformation in
South Africa; postcolonial geographies; feminism and citizenship; social
justice and development.

Dr Michael Mason Senior Lecturer in Environmental Geography, London School of Economics and Political Science
1.    Environmental politics and governance – theoretical and empirical exploration of issues of accountability, citizenship, regulation and sustainability.
2.    Climate change vulnerability and adaptation in the Middle East, with a focus on water and energy security in the eastern Mediterranean (Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine).

David McEvoy Emeritus Professor of Urban Geography, Liverpool John Moores University, Honorary Visiting Professor of Ethnic Entrepreneurship, University of Bradford
Ethnic minority business; ethnic residential segregation; urban riots; changing patterns of retail location; impact of public policy on all of these.

Dr Nick Megoran Lecturer in Geography, Newcastle University
The political geographies of post-Cold War inter-state relations. Current research interests focus on nationalism and geopolitics in Central Asia, religion (Christianity) and recent US-UK foreign policy, and the history of political geography. Theoretically, I am interested in advancing the study of geopolitics, international boundaries, and nationalism. I also endeavour to never split infinitives.

Dr Jonathan Mendel, Lecturer in Human Geography, Dundee University

Research interests include: the development and practice of virtual and networked warfare (with a focus on Afghanistan and Iraq); online networks (particularly in research communication and political activism); and ways of theorising war, conflict and networks (drawing especially on poststructuralist, postmarxist and military theory).

Terri moreau, doctoral student, Royal Holloway University of London. Political and cultural geography of non-sovereign nations, specifically practices of representation and spatial inscription.  Within this subversive form of sovereignty, interests in how practices of mimesis, humour, and hope are embedded in national symbols, government construction, and diplomatic relations.

Professor David Newman Professor of Political Geography in the Department of Politics and Government at Ben Gurion University in Israel, research consultant to the University of Roehampton, UK
Currently the co-editor of the journal, Geopolitics, a quarterly academic journal published by taylor & Francis (Routledge). The main focii of his work is on ethno-territorial conflict, with an emphasis on Israel-Palestine, and a study of the contemporary role of borders in an era of globalization. (under construction) (links to faculty)

Professor Joe Painter Director, Centre for the Study of Cities & Regions, Durham University
Political and urban geography; urban and regional governance and politics; geographies of the state and citizenship; geography and political theory; geographies of work and play; theories of spatiality.

Professor Charles Pattie Electoral geography, political participation and citizenship; contextual effects in political behaviour; political campaign effects; geography and valence politics.

Dr Simon Pemberton Urban Senior Lecturer in human geography, University of Birmingham regeneration governance, state rescaling, and sub-regional economic governance, neighbourhood impacts of new immigration, community planning

Dr Jenny Pickerill Lecturer in Human Geography, University of Leicester
Jenny is interested in how collective action, participation, spaces for dialogue, autonomy and anarchism can create pathways towards environmental and social justice. In particular is interested in environmental activism, eco-building, the use of internet technologies for campaigning, the anti-war movement in Britain, and Indigenous politics in Australia.

Dr. Richard C. Powell Lecturer in Human Geography, University of Liverpool
Geographies of science, energy and resources; Legal regimes and geopolitics; Histories of geographies and geopolitcs; Regional interests across Circumpolar Arctic, and more widely in North America and Scandinavia

Sören Scholvin

Geopolitics, world-systems analysis. I currently work on rising regional powers in Africa and the Middle East and the way they shape their regions in material and immaterial ways. My research is predominantly based on traditional geopolitics following Halford Mackinder, Nicholas Spykman and Saul Cohen.

Dr Glen Segell FRGS Director, London Security Policy Study
Geo-politics, International Security, Civil-Military Relations, Middle East, Africa

Professor James D Sidaway Professor in Human Geography, University of Plymouth
The interfaces between political and development geography, critical geopolitics, borders

Jewellord (Jojo) Nem Singh is a PhD student in the Department of Politics at the University of Sheffield, UK. His current research examines the consequences of neoliberal reforms in the mining sectors in Brazil and Chile. His other interests include political economies of extractive resources, democratisation and citizenship rights, development politics, and global governance and transnational democracy.


Dr Maria Stuttaford Associate Research Fellow, University of Warwick
Spaces and places where the right to health is invoked by individuals and civil society organisations

Hasan Turunc PhD Candidate, Royal Holloway, University of London
My research interests are centred on Turkish societal developments, economic, socio-political and cultural impact of globalization and Europeanisation; Turkish Foreign Policy, Middle East Foreign Policy, and EU enlargement. My research is multidisciplinary in its scope with particular emphasis on politics and international relations, globalization and critical geopolitics.

Dave Valler, Reader in Spatial Planning, Oxford Brookes University My main interests are: The politics of local and regional economic development; devolution and regionalism; urban politics and policy; spatial planning; local governance and regeneration; political economy; business interest representation.

Alex Wafer PhD Geography, Open University
My research is concerned with emerging forms of urban governance and subjectivity in post-apartheid South Africa. I am also interested in everyday life and emerging forms of urban identity in cities. I am particularly interested in new ways of thinking about the rich diversity of life in cities of the south, which have for too long been theorised in limited developmentalist terms. I am also interested in social movement and urban politics.

Dr Mark Whitehead Senior Lecturer in Geography, Aberystwyth University.
Environmental politics; urban geography; citizenship; sustainable development; histories of science and government; British urban policy; state theory; libertarian paternalism.

Emily Wilkinson PhD student, UCL, Benfield UCL Hazard Research Centre
Natural disasters and state-society relations: how local level disaster management policies respond to local elite interests; the impact of decentralisation on the willingness and capacity of local government to reduce disaster risk; social instability and changing power relations caused by major disaster events.

Dr Alison J Williams ESRC Research Fellow, Newcastle University
Geopolitics, with a specific focus on military aviation and airspace; power projection; international boundaries and borders. Regional interests include the interwar Pacific; Iraq; the US-Mexico border. Current research focuses upon UK military air spaces.