Space, Politics and Society

Research in this cluster is concerned with the question of ‘Who Gets What Where and How?’ Members investigate contemporary geographies of inequality, injustice and insecurity, seeking to understand new scales of governance, the emergence of oppositional practices, and innovative forms of popular participation.

Research in this cluster is concerned with rethinking key objects of geographical inquiry, including Urban and Regional issues, relations between the Public and the Private, Nation-state formation, and Global processes. Members of this cluster are involved in research collaborations in the UK and Europe, Africa, Asia, and North America.

Key Research Themes

Geographies of Caring and Sharing, including research on spaces of health and well-being; spaces of welfare; geographies of embodiment and practice; spaces of education and learning.

Geographies of Exclusion and Inclusion: including research on bordering practices; popular geopolitics; spaces of law; everyday violence; migration, state practices, and territoriality.

Geographies of Motivation and Mobilization: including research on postsecular practices of organization; geographies of ethics; activist geographies; geographies of citizenship and democracy.

Ways of Knowing: including leading-edge contributions to theoretical and philosophical understandings in human geography, research on the historical geographies of ideas, and research on the synergies between geographical


External funding for research in this cluster includes support from:

  • Arts and Humanities Research Council
  • British Academy
  • Economic and Social Research Council
  • European Research Council
  • GW4 Alliance
  • Leverhulme Trust
  • Newton Fund