Dr Paul Richardson MA, PhD

Dr Paul Richardson

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

Dr Paul Richardson is Lecturer in Human Geography. He is a political and historical geographer with regional interests in Russia and Eurasia.


  • PhD Geography - University of Birmingham, 2011
  • MA Geography - University of California Los Angeles, 2003
  • BA Geography - University College London, 2000


Dr Richardson is module lead for the final year course “Russia in a Global Context” and the MSci module “Geopolitics and Globalization”

Postgraduate supervision

Dr Richardson would be happy to hear from potential graduate students with research proposals around the following areas:

International borders / Territorial disputes
Political geography / geopolitics
Identity politics
Nationalism and national identity

Other activities

  • 2018 – Scientific Committee: Association for Borderlands Studies World Conference (Vienna/Budapest)
  • 2017 - Vice-Chair, Political Geography Research Group, Royal Geographical Society-IBG
  • 2016-17 - Korea-Europe Next Generation Policy Expert Network, Chatham House, London (Sep 2016), and the Korea Foundation, Seoul (Mar 2017)
  • Board Member of the Association for Borderlands Studies (2013-16)
  • Visiting researcher: University of Eastern Finland (July 2016); University of Kyushu, Japan (Nov-Dec 2015)
  • 2015 - Scientific Committee: 3rd International Conference on Eurasian Politics Society, Centre for Strategic Research and Analysis (Istanbul)
  • 2015 - Programme Committee: Association for Borderlands Studies (Portland, OR)
  • 2012 - Organising Committee: Border Regions in Transition XII (Busan/Fukuoka)
  • 2011 - Editor: Eurasia Border Review
  • 2009 - Editorial Advisory Board: Journal of Global Analysis
  • Peer Reviewer: University of Cambridge Press; Environment and Planning D: Society and Space; Europe-Asia Studies; Geopolitics; Nationalities Papers; Modern Language Review; GeoJournal; Eurasia Border Review; Sage; Rowman and Littlefield


Recent publications


Richardson, P 2018, At the edge of the nation: the Southern Kurils and the search for Russia’s national identity. Perspective of the Global Past, University of Hawaii Press, Honolulu .


Richardson, P 2019, 'Sovereignty, the hyperreal, and "taking back control"', Annals of the Association of American Geographers, vol. 109, no. 6, pp. 1999-2015. https://doi.org/10.1080/24694452.2019.1587283

Richardson, P 2018, 'Geopolitical cultures, pragmatic patriotism, and Russia’s disputed islands', Eurasian Geography and Economics, vol. 59, no. 1, pp. 7-27 . https://doi.org/10.1080/15387216.2017.1421474

Bassin, M, Richardson, P, Kolosov, V, Clowes, EW, Agnew, J & Plokhy, S 2017, '1917–2017: The Geopolitical Legacy of the Russian Revolution', Geopolitics, vol. 22, pp. 665-692. https://doi.org/10.1080/14650045.2017.1308107

Richardson, PB 2017, 'Geopolitical Visions, Globalisation, and the Remaking of Russia’s Eurasian Borders', Journal of Borderlands Studies, vol. 32, no. 1, pp. 7-21. https://doi.org/10.1080/08865655.2016.1222874

Smith, J & Richardson, P 2017, 'The Myth of Eurasia - A Mess of Regions', Journal of Borderlands Studies, vol. 32, no. 1, pp. 1-6. https://doi.org/10.1080/08865655.2016.1266276

Richardson, P 2016, 'Beyond the nation and into the state: identity, belonging, and the ‘hyper-border’', Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, vol. 41, no. 2, pp. 201-215. https://doi.org/10.1111/tran.12116

Richardson, P & Tripathi, D 2016, 'Brexit Debates', Economic and Political Weekly, vol. 51, no. 17, pp. 27-28. <https://www.epw.in/journal/2016/17/commentary/brexit-debates.html>

Richardson, P 2015, ''Blue national soil' and the unwelcome return of 'classical' geopolitics', Global Change, Peace and Security, vol. 27, no. 2, pp. 229-236. https://doi.org/10.1080/14781158.2015.989199

Richardson, P 2014, 'Engaging the Russian Elite: Approaches, Methods and Ethics', Politics, vol. 34, no. 2, pp. 180-190. https://doi.org/10.1111/1467-9256.12036

Richardson, P 2013, 'A Germany in the Pacific"The role of Japan in Russia’s turn to Asia', UNISCI Discussion Papers, vol. 32.

Richardson, P 2013, 'Russia’s turn to Asia: China, Japan, and the APEC 2012 legacy', Russian Analytical Digest, vol. 145.

Shin, M, Agnew, J, Breau, S & Richardson, P 2006, 'Place and the geography of Italian export performance', European Urban and Regional Studies, vol. 13, no. 3, pp. 195-208.

Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Richardson, P 2015, Putin’s Eurasian Dialectic. in D Lane & V Samokhvalov (eds), The Eurasian Project and Europe. Palgrave Macmillan Ltd., pp. 89-101. https://doi.org/10.1057/9781137472960_6

Richardson, P 2015, Russia’s ‘last barren islands’: the southern Kurils and the territorialization of regional memory. in S Paichadze & P Seaton (eds), Voices from the Shifting Russo-Japanese Border: Karafuto / Sakhalin. pp. 180-196.

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