Daniel Bos joined the School in October 2016 as a Departmental Lecturer in Human Geography. Prior to his appointment he was a Teaching Associate in Historical and Cultural Geography at the University of Nottingham (2015-2016).
Daniel obtained his BA in Geography (2009), MA in Human Geography Research (2011) and PhD in Political Geography (2016) from Newcastle University.
Between 2009 - 2011 Daniel worked as a Research Assistant at Newcastle University providing support on various funded projects including research that investigated: contemporary British military memoirs; military landscapes; political spaces of remembrance; student transitions to university; and rural economies in the EU.
Daniel's doctoral thesis was funded by the ESRC (2011-2015) and investigated the role military-themed videogames have in shaping popular understandings of geopolitics and military violence.
Daniel's current research and publications explore three interconnected areas:
- Visual Culture and Geopolitics
Daniel is interested in the ways popular culture shapes understandings of world politics and militarism. He has specifically drawn attention to how military-themed videogames articulate popular geopolitical sensibilities through their visual representations and playful structures. Currently, he is exploring the ways games are designed and used to challenge hegemonic (geo)political sensibilities and he is interested in the pedagogical significance and potential of the medium.
Daniel's research acknowledges the need to go beyond the analysis of the content of military-themed videogames and to consider how individuals and groups actually consume, interact and internalise their (geo)political content. Daniel engages with innovative methodological approaches, such as video ethnography, in order to consider the affective, experiential, and embodied significance of playing virtual war and to ground understandings into the ways geopolitics is constituted in everyday life.
- Production and Marketing
This area of research explores the political economic structures and the everyday practices involved in the production of popular geopolitical texts. Daniel draws attention to the role that advertising, marketing, and promotional events have in attributing geopolitical and militarised meanings to cultural artefacts prior to their release.
Daniel teaches on the MSc course 'Nature, Society and Environmental Governance' and lectures in the modules 'Research Design' and 'Urban Natures'.
Daniel teaches on the Preliminary 'Human Geography' course on topics related to 'Power, Identity and Inequality'. He convenes the teaching for the module 'Methods in Human Geography' and contributes to the Final Honours fieldtrip to Copenhagen.
Daniel is an Associative Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA)
- Bos, D., Finlay, R., Hopkins, P., Lloyd, J. and Richardson, M. (forthcoming) A review of the ESRC internship scheme for postgraduates. Journal of Geography in Higher Education.
- Bos, D. (2018) Answering the Call of Duty: Everyday encounters with the popular geopolitics of military-themed videogames. Political Geography, 63: 54-64.
- Jenkings, K.N., Megoran, N., Woodward, R. and Bos, D. (2012) Wootton Bassett and the political spaces of remembrance and mourning. Area, 44(3): 356-363.
- Rech, M.F., Bos, D., Jenkings, N., Williams, A. and Woodward, R. (2012) Military geography and critical war studies. Critical Military Studies, 1(1): 47-60.
- Jenkings, K.N., Woodward, R., Williams, A.J., Rech, M.F., Murphy, A.L. and Bos, D. (2011) Military Occupations: Methodological Approaches and the Military–Academy Research Nexus. Sociology Compass, 5(1): 37-51.
- Bos, D. (2016) Critical methodologies for researching military videogames. Chapter 25 in, Williams, A.J., Jenkings, N., Woodward, R. and Rech, M.F. (eds.) The Routledge Companion to Military Research Methods. Routledge, London. 432 pp. ISBN: 9781472442758.
- Bos, D. and Jenkings, N. (2016) Analysing newspapers: considering the use of print media sources in military research. Chapter 5 in, Williams, A.J., Jenkings, N., Woodward, R. and Rech, M.F. (eds.) The Routledge Companion to Military Research Methods. Routledge, London. 432 pp. ISBN: 9781472442758.
- Bos, D. (2015) Milltary Videogames, Geopolitics and Methods. Chapter 9 in, Caso, F. and Hamilton, C. (eds.) Special Edition E-IR: World Politics and Popular Culture. E-International Relations Publishing.