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Department of Geography


Decolonising Cambridge Geography

Decolonising involves recognising that colonial structures and power relations remain embedded in University institutions, and that these structures silence and marginalise groups which historically have not been fully validated and included in teaching, learning and research. Decolonising processes seek to change these relations of power and how knowledge is produced and shared.

The possible avenues and concrete proposals for decolonisation in the Department of Geography have been discussed by a working group of undergraduates, postgraduates and staff members of the Department, in regular consultation with the wider Department community at well-attended Open Meetings.

Cambridge Geography PhDs using decolonial approaches and/or involving subaltern interlocutors

  • Anthias, Penelope. 2014 The Elusive Promise of Territory: An ethnographic case study of Indigenous land titling in the Bolivian Chaco. Supervisor: Sarah Radcliffe. PhD, Geography. [View in person at the UL – see iDiscover]
  • Crowson, Eva. 2021 Storied Icebergs: Floating Formations of Decolonial Knowledge Production About the Canadian North. Supervisor: Michael Bravo. Unpublished MPhil dissertation, Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge. [Check with SPRI library]
  • Hansda, Regina. 2016 Alternative Agriculture and gendered labour implications: The case of system of rice intensification in Bihar. PhD, Geography. [View in person at the UL – see iDiscover]
  • Torino, Giulia. 2021 Racial and Relational Urbanisms: the spatial politics of Afro-Colombian emplacement in Bogotá. Supervisor: Felipe Hernandez. PhD Architecture, University of Cambridge.
  • Warrington-Brown, Sibylla. 2021 Assembling economic citizenship: Indigenous women’s work in post-neoliberal Bolivia. Supervisor: Sarah A Radcliffe. PhD Geography.
  • Zaragocín, Sofía. 2015. Ethnic Boundary-Making and the Gendered Politics of Belonging along the Ecuador-Colombia Borderland. Supervisor: Sarah Radcliffe. PhD Geography. [View in person at the UL – see iDiscover]

Panel event, May 2021

At this event, held on 21st May 2021, Professor Bhaskar Vira, Head of Department; Geography was joined by alumnus Dominic Waughray (World Economic Forum); Professor Sarah Radcliffe, who convenes the Decolonising Cambridge Geography Working Group; and current Geography students, Matipa Mukondiwa and Victoria Ayodeji, as they discuss initiatives being taken to Decolonise Cambridge Geography.