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
- Shand, P., Darling, W.G., Smedley, P.L., Bath, A.H., Mather, J., Melo, T., Hinsby, K., Whitehead, P.G. and Hope, R. (2018) Professor W Mike Edmunds: a pioneer in applied hydrogeochemistry and champion of international collaboration. Hydrogeology Journal, 21(1): 351-356.
- Loong, S. (2018) ‘This country, law very strong’: Securitization beyond the border in the everyday lives of Bangladeshi migrant workers in Singapore. Geoforum, 90: 11-19.
- Foster, T., Willetts, J., Lane, M., Thomson, P., Katuva, J. and Hope, R. (2018) Risk factors associated with rural water supply failure: A 30-year retrospective study of handpumps on the south coast of Kenya. Science of The Total Environment, 626: 156-164.
- Bos, D. (2018) Answering the Call of Duty: Everyday encounters with the popular geopolitics of military-themed videogames. Political Geography, 63: 54-64.
- Hepburn, C., Pless, J. and Popp, D. (2018) Policy Brief—Encouraging Innovation that Protects Environmental Systems: Five Policy Proposals. Review of Environmental Economics and Policy, 12(1).