This research cluster asks how politics and power are constituted in and across space in order to develop new understandings of the relationship between violence, geopolitics and geographical knowledges.
The cluster offers theoretically informed research that tackles these questions on a range of scales, from the body to the globe and from the household to the nation-state. In doing so, we draw on ethnographic fieldwork, visual methods, interviews and archival research in a range of different locations and routes.
Our work converges around three sets of questions. The first of these grapples with (non)violence. How does (non)violence emerge in, over and through space? How can we make sense of the changing relationship between citizenship, territory and displacement in a technocapitalist, colonial, gendered and militarist present? A second set of questions concerns geopolitics: How do statecraft and diplomacy unfold in particular places and under different political economy regimes? How is territorial sovereignty enacted and resisted? How do political worlds come to matter through bodily performance, language, technology and the built environment? The third set of questions concern geographical knowledges: What counts as geographical knowledge and who gets to speak for geography? What is the politics of studying particular world regions? And how are politically charged knowledge claims made in a digital world?
Cluster members include: Daniel Bos, Patricia Daley, Danny Dorling, Asli Duru, Bharath Ganesh, Ian Klinke, Sneha Krishnan, Fiona McConnell, Christine Schenk, Gillian Rose, Alex Vasudevan, Oliver Zanetti
News and Research Highlights
- Octavianti, T. (2018) Evidence-based policy: Challenges and opportunities in Indonesia. Creating Strategies Collaboration in Research and Higher Education between Indonesia and Other Countries ISIC, London.
- Hubers, C.G.T.M., Dijst, J. and Schwanen, T. (2018) The fragmented worker? ICTs, coping strategies and gender differences in the temporal and spatial fragmentation of paid labour. Time and Society, 18(1): 92-130.
- Hopkins, D. and Schwanen, T. (2018) Automated Mobility Transitions: Governing Processes in the UK. Sustainability, 10(4): 956.
- Geels, F.W., Schwanen, T., Sorrell, S., Sovacool, B.K. and Jenkins, K. (2018) Reducing energy demand through low carbon innovation: A sociotechnical transitions perspective and thirteen research debates. Energy Research and Social Science, 40: 23-35.
- Ma, B.D., Ng, S.L., Schwanen, T., Zacharias, J., Zhou, M., Kawachi, I. and Sun, G. (2018) Pokémon GO and physical activity in Asia: Multilevel study. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 20(6).