Dr Adam Ramadan MA, MSc, DPhil

Dr Adam Ramadan

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences
Lecturer in Human Geography

Contact details

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

Adam Ramadan’s work lies at the intersection between political and cultural geography. It addresses the ‘everyday’ of geopolitics, how ordinary people understand and negotiate their position within broader geopolitical dynamics. Much of this work has focused on the Middle East, and in particular on refugee issues.


MA Geography – University of Cambridge

MSc Modernity, Space and Place – University College London

DPhil Geography and the Environment – University of Oxford

Postgraduate supervision

Adam Ramadan’s research lies at the intersection between political and cultural geography. His work addresses geopolitics from the level of everyday, non-elite lives, seeking to understand how ordinary people understand and negotiate their position within broader geopolitical dynamics. He has focused particularly on refugees and the spaces of refugee camps as geopolitical sites, bodies and lives. His doctoral work at Oxford was based on almost six months of fieldwork in Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon. Specifically, he sought to understand how Palestinian identities are produced and reproduced in exile, how refugee camps are constructed as national, political and cultural spaces, and how Palestinian refugees negotiate national geographies of exclusion and regional geographies of conflict in their everyday lives.

Dr Ramadan welcomes enquiries from prospective doctoral researchers in his areas of interest.

Other activities

Dr Ramadan is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society with the Institute of British Geographers, and a board member of the Political Geography Research Group.

He has given invited lectures and seminars at the Universities of Cambridge, Oxford, Newcastle, British Columbia, and London (Royal Holloway), and to the London Group of Historical Geographers. He has also given research presentations at the annual conferences of the Association of American Geographers (2007 and 2010) and the Royal Geographical Society (2010 and 2012), as well as conferences and workshops at Royal Holloway, University of London, and the International Boundaries Research Unit, Durham University.

He has peer-reviewed for Antipode, Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, Global Networks, Journal of Refugee Studies, Geoforum, Security Dialogue, and Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, and for the Council for British Research in the Levant.


Recent publications


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, 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


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>


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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