Dr Adam Ramadan MA, MSc, DPhil

Dr Adam Ramadan

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences
Associate Professor in Human Geography

Contact details

Address
School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston
Birmingham
B15 2TT
UK

Adam Ramadan is a political geographer with a core focus on the Middle East and refugee issues. The principal theme of his work is the ‘everyday’ of geopolitics, how ordinary people understand and negotiate their position within broader dynamics of conflict and geopolitical instability. Dr Ramadan's main body of published research is based on fieldwork in Palestinian refugee camps in the Middle East. He has sought to understand how refugee camps are constructed as political and cultural spaces, and how refugees negotiate geographies of exclusion, exception and conflict in their everyday lives. He has developed and extended this core work in several further directions, including work on protest camps, war hotels and cities as spaces of refuge. Adam's current research looks at geographies of peace and justice, and historical geographies of refuge.

Qualifications

MA Geography – University of Cambridge

MSc Modernity, Space and Place – University College London

DPhil Geography and the Environment – University of Oxford

Biography

Adam Ramadan studied Geography at Cambridge, UCL and Oxford, and was a visiting scholar at the University of British Columbia in 2007. His doctoral thesis, submitted in 2009, was titled ‘Violent Geographies of Exile: Palestinian Refugees and Refugee Camps in Lebanon’. From 2009 to 2012, Adam was Fellow and Director of Studies in Geography at Downing College, Cambridge, and he joined Birmingham as Lecturer in Human Geography in October 2012.

Teaching

Dr Ramadan leads the Year 2 module Political Geographies and from 2022/23 the year 1 field course to Rotterdam. He also teaches on the year 1 module Contemporary Human Geography and year 3 Geopolitics and Global Challenges. He is Head of Quality Assurance and Enhancement for the school.

Postgraduate supervision

Dr Ramadan welcomes enquiries from prospective doctoral researchers in his areas of interest. These include topics around the political geography of the Middle East, forced displacement and refugees, and everyday geopolitics. He is also happy to discuss topics within political geography more broadly, or between political and cultural geography.

Research

Research interests

Dr Ramadan’s principal current research project looks at how the ‘Middle East conflict’ is manifested, understood and negotiated in the everyday lives of ordinary people. In particular, he has worked with Palestinian refugees living in camps in Lebanon, seeking to understand how refugee camps are constructed as political and cultural spaces, and how refugees negotiate geographies of exclusion and conflict in their everyday lives. Dr Ramadan is writing a book, Palestinian Refugee Camps in Lebanon: The everyday geopolitics of exile, to be published by IB Tauris in 2013.

Two other developing research projects focus on protest camps, in particular the role of the camp at Tahrir Square in Egypt’s 2011 revolution, and geographies of justice, and the connections between justice and peace.

Other activities

Dr Ramadan has longstanding involvement with the Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers), serving as Chair of the Political Geography Research Group twice (2013-16 and 2020), and research groups representative to the Research and Higher Education Committee. He has given more than a dozen invited papers and seminars at UK universities, as well as invited research presentations in Canada, Finland, Cyprus, Norway and Ireland. He is an editorial board member of the journal Environment and Planning C: Politics and Space.

Publications

Recent publications

Article

Ramadan, A & Fregonese, S 2017, 'Hybrid sovereignty and the state of exception in the Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon', Annals of the American Association of Geographers, vol. 107, no. 4, pp. 949-963. https://doi.org/10.1080/24694452.2016.1270189

Fregonese, S & Ramadan, A 2015, 'Hotel Geopolitics: A Research Agenda', Geopolitics, vol. 20, no. 4, pp. 793-813. https://doi.org/10.1080/14650045.2015.1062755

Ramadan, A 2013, 'From Tahrir to the world: The camp as a political public space', European Urban and Regional Studies, vol. 20, no. 1, pp. 145-149. https://doi.org/10.1177/0969776412459863

Ramadan, A 2013, 'Spatialising the refugee camp', Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, vol. 38, no. 1, pp. 65-77. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1475-5661.2012.00509.x

Ramadan, A 2012, 'Mountain Against the Sea: Essays on Palestinian Society and Culture', Social and Cultural Geography, vol. 13, no. 4, pp. 1-2. https://doi.org/10.1080/14649365.2012.683683

Ramadan, A 2011, 'Book review forum on Elden's Terror and Territory, guest edited by Christian Abrahamsson', Dialogues in Human Geography, vol. 1, no. 2, pp. 251 -254. https://doi.org/10.1177/204382061100100201

Ramadan, A 2011, 'Hospitality and postnational peace', Political Geography, vol. 30, no. 4, pp. 195-196. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.polgeo.2011.04.006

Ramadan, A 2010, 'In the ruins of Nahr al-Barid: Understanding the meaning of the camp', Journal of Palestine Studies, vol. 40, no. 1, pp. 49-62. https://doi.org/10.1525/jps.2010.XL.1.049

Ramadan, A 2010, 'book review: Mobilizing Hospitality: The Ethics of Social Relations in a Mobile World. Edited by Jennie Germann Molz and Sarah Gibson. Aldershot: Ashgate Publishing. 2007. ix + 219 pp. £50.00 hardback. ISBN: 9780754670155', Cultural Geographies, vol. 17, no. 3, pp. 418. https://doi.org/10.1177/14744740100170030805

Ramadan, A 2009, 'A refugee landscape: Writing palestinian nationalisms in lebanon', ACME: An International e-journal for critical geographies, vol. 8, no. 1, pp. 69-99. <http://www.acme-journal.org/vol8/Ramadan09.pdf>

Ramadan, A 2009, 'Destroying Nahr el-Bared: Sovereignty and urbicide in the space of exception', Political Geography, vol. 28, no. 3, pp. 153-163. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.polgeo.2009.02.004

Fregonese, S, Martin, D, Ramadan, A & Fregonese, S 2009, 'The new geopolitics of responsibility in Barack Obama's Cairo speech', Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, vol. 27, no. 6, pp. 951-955. https://doi.org/10.1068/d2706ea

Ramadan, A 2008, 'The guests' guests: Palestinian refugees, Lebanese civilians, and the war of 2006', Antipode, vol. 40, no. 4, pp. 658-677. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-8330.2008.00628.x

Chapter

Ramadan, A & Pascucci, EA 2018, Urban protest camps in Egypt: the occupation, (re)creation and destruction of alternative political worlds. in I Katz, D Martin & C Minca (eds), Camps Revisited: Multifaceted Spatialities of a Modern Political Technology. Rowman & Littlefield. <https://rowman.com/ISBN/9781786605801/Camps-Revisited-Multifaceted-Spatialities-of-a-Modern-Political-Technology>

Comment/debate

Rokem, J, Fregonese, S, Ramadan, A, Pascucci, EA, Rosen, G, Charney, I, Paasche, TF & Sidaway, JD 2017, 'Interventions in Urban Geopolitics', Political Geography. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.polgeo.2017.04.004

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