Geopolitics and the carceral

image of metal wire fenceThis research sub-theme explores the opening and closure of space, and the tensions and power dynamics behind these processes.

As a research group, we explore the relationships between geopolitics and globalisation, mobility and incarceration, inequality and social justice, nationalism and multiculturalism, conflict and asylum, and populism and citizenship. Our research theme is advancing academic and policy debate on some of the key concepts and issues shaping our times, including borders and sovereignty; territory, state, and governance; migration and refuge; protest and surveillance; and the possibilities of post-statist geographies for opening up alternative forms of political representation and spatial organisation.

Members of our research group work across a variety of geographical spaces and scales, including the relationship between geopolitics, conflict and everyday urban life; the governance of natural resources; prisons, camps, detention, and enclosure; and borders, migration, and environmental change. The geographical scope of our research group extends across the UK and Europe to the Middle East, Russia, Eurasia, South Asia, East Asia, Africa and the Americas. Rather than being prisoners of geography, our research group foregrounds the ways in which our geographical worlds are constantly being shaped by movement and flows.


ESRC-ANR-DFG funded European project (Open Research Area 6th call) studying the felt and emotive dimensions of contemporary terror threats and counterterrorism measures in people’s everyday experience of urban public space.

ESRC-funded research into the impact of insecure immigration status and changing Article 8 rights on mixed-nationality families.

This research project aims to understand the implications of the longevity and persistence of the Victorian prison.