Professor Stephen Hinchliffe
Professor in Human Geography


Research interests

A core concern is the spatialities of life and materialities. From public health and risk (in relation for example to BSE and Avian influenzas) to urban redevelopment in areas of high socio-economic and environmental deprivation, the research aims to find ways of ethnographically engaging with material issues in ways that are informed by but also re-configure social and spatial theory.

The work has been disseminated in a variety of formats including single authored books ‘Geographies of Nature’ (Sage, 2007) and a recent monograph Pathological Lives (Wiley, 2017).

Research projects

Some recent projects include:

  • Production without medicalisation 2017-2019 Antimicrobial Resistance Cross Council Initiative supported by the seven research councils in partnership with the Department of Health and Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs on shrimp and prawn production in Bangladesh with colleagues in Bioscience, CEFAS, Worldfish and ARBAN.
  • Centre for Environments and Cultures of Health 2017- - A £4.1M Wellcome Trust Funded Centre for interdisciplinary work on 'healthy publics'
  • Contagion - funded by the ESRC from Sept 2013-March 2015 Contagion investigates the conditions for movement of infectious disease as well as potent ideas.  Using Tardean approaches to bio-sociality, the work uses large data bases on influenza and social media as well as investigations of financial analyses to compare contagion within different domains.  The work is in conjunction with collagues at the APHA and FSA.
  • Biosecurity Borderlands – funded from 2009-2013 by the ESRC to investigate the practices, understandings and pressures created as biosecurity is extended into the British food system and landscape. 
  • CREPE ‘Cooperative Research on Environmental Problems in Europe’ funded from mid 2008-10 by the ‘Science in Society’ programme of the European Commission.  The project, led by colleagues in Development Policy and Practice, involves cooperation between academics and civil society organisations (CSOs) on a range of biotech and agricultural issues.  See link:
  • Habitable cities, investigating the non-human/human orders that are produced in city environments. The work, which was funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, opened up debates on the city-nature value of urban living, disrupting the common spatial logic of a nature existing only beyond civic space. The background and papers related to this work can be found on
  • Reconstituting natures – an interdisciplinary workshop aimed at understanding the changing place of nature in science and politics – background and papers are available at

Research grants

  • 2013 ESRC
    Contagion - transforming social analysis and method
  • 2012 DEFRA
    AHVLA / DEFRA propject on Bovine TB and farm risk factors
  • 2009 ESRC
    Biosecurity Borderlands

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