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
- Koehler, J., Rayner, S., Katuva, J., Thomson, P. and Hope, R. (2018) A cultural theory of drinking water risks, values and institutional change. Global Environmental Change, 50: 268-277.
- Pfeiffer, A., Hepburn, C., Vogt-Schilb, A. and Caldecott, B. (2018) Committed emissions from existing and planned power plants and asset stranding required to meet the Paris Agreement. Environmental Research Letters, 13(5).
- Hoque, S.F. and Hope, R. (2018) The water diary method – proof-of-concept and policy implications for monitoring water use behaviour in rural Kenya. Water Policy.
- Garrick, D.E., Schlager, E., de Stefano, L. and Villamayor-Tomas, S. (2018) Managing the Cascading Risks of Droughts: Institutional Adaptation in Transboundary Rivers. Earth's Future.
- Garrick, D.E. (2018) Decentralisation and drought adaptation: Applying the subsidiarity principle in transboundary river basins. Interational Journal of the Commons, 12(1): 301-331.