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Department of Geography


Infrastructural Geographies

Infrastructural Geographies

Infrastructural geographies examine the material and organizational structures of life, including the role of the state and a host of other mediating institutions.

In this group we explore infrastructure in three interlinked ways. First, infrastructure is an object of study, illuminating the materiality of space, the networks through which it is organised and the interconnections between and within objects and bodies. Consequently the infrastructures of urban life and public goods, their plurality, dynamism and spatial variations, are key areas of study. Second, infrastructure is a lens of analysis, highlighting the connections and dependencies that circulate in the production of seemingly distinct socio-economic phenomena. This approach permits the geographies of institutional life - such as law and the state - to be recast as infrastructures of bodies, things and affects. Finally, this group explores infrastructure as a means through which social and spatial wellbeing may be understood, considering how infrastructure becomes a tool to govern social life in highly uneven and unequal ways.

This research group comprises a wide range of interests and expertise. By collectively exploring our research through the lens of infrastructure, we are able to extend our understanding beyond the sub-disciplines of urban, development, economic or political geographies, to consider the ways in which state / citizen relations are framed and negotiated by the material world.

Research projects

Research projects being undertaken by members of the group show the range of research themes.

Group members

Professor Ash Amin Urban sentience and human being; and resilient states and subjects. Is interested in the implications of an emerging catastrophist biopolitics replacing a welfarist biopolitics that imagined the future as governable and hopeful. His work also explores the implications for risk management, community and belonging, urban resilience and wellbeing, and Left counter politics.
Dr Anna Barford The disease patterns and processes arising from humanitarian crises and population displacements; social and economic inequality; mapping world health data and other variables.
Professor Matthew Gandy Landscape, urban bio-diversity, infrastructure, and modernity, including corporeal and sensory geographies.
Dr Mia Gray Research explores the social underpinnings of labour markets and the social component of work, as well as the changing political-economy of work and employment and of labour politics more broadly. Recent research includes an analysis of work in the global firm, labour representation in the service sector, and the social mechanisms through which privilege and power are reproduced at work.
Dr Sandra Jasper The urban and cultural history of West Berlin; acoustic geographies; feminist theory and concepts of nature, agency, and human subjectivity.
Dr Alex Jeffrey Research has explored how political territorialities are communicated, materialised and challenged after conflict. His work has particularly focused on the role of civil society organisations, both as an arena of associative life but also as an imagined site of civic virtues. This has recently involved ethnographic studies of practices of transitional justice and war crime trials.
Dr Maros Krivy Research description to follow.
Dr Charlotte Lemanski
Urban geographer interested in the ways in which everyday inequality is experienced in cities of the global South, with a primary focus on citizenship, governance and infrastructure in South Africa.
Professor Sarah Radcliffe Postcolonial cultures and subaltern knowledges. Engages with critical development geography and postcolonial theory to explore the political economic insecurities arising in postcolonial state and development reforms particularly in Andean countries. Research also provides a critique of development policy, specifically Gender and Development, and social neoliberalism.

Graduate students

The following graduate students are also associated with the group:

Misbah Aamir Negotiating gendered space: Exploring forces that influence the construction of labour markets in Pakistan.
Isabel Airas The affective politics of political movements: structures of feeling, political resonance machines and hotspots
Tanvi Bhatkal Making cities work for women: gender and urban planning in India
Edward Bryan 'The great testing place': The Geopolitical Framing of Berlin in the Public Documents of John F. Kennedy (1960-63)
Jonathan Harris The politics of citizenship and indigenous positioning in the Amazigh diaspora
Thomas Jackson Paradiplomacy in the Russian Federation: A Critical Geopolitics Perspective
Judit Kuschnitzki Negotiating Statehood: A Study of the Yemeni Diplomatic Service
Marcus Nyman Foraging in the city’s margins: understanding urban nature through food gathering practices in London
Nida Rehman Urban Vectors: The Politics and Practices of Public Health in Lahore
Mathilda Rosengren
Wastelands of difference? Urban nature and more-than-human difference in Berlin and Gothenburg
Saba Sharma
The state and ethnic violence in Assam, India
Makoto Takahashi The Improvised Expert: examining how expert authority is claimed and contested in conditions of low public trust, with empirical reference to the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant disaster
Sibylla Warrington Brown Intersectional economic inequalities under plurinational agendas: indigenous women's work and citizenship in post-neoliberal Bolivia