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Paul is a Senior Lecturer in Human Geography and has worked at Northumbria University since 2016. His research interests primarily connect with the sub-field of labour geography. In practice, his work has engaged with historical geographies of labour activism and work related experiences. His research has engaged closely with ideas of spatial politics through the histories of 'Red Clydeside', and most recently, he has begun working on a project to consider collective and community responses to UK unemployment since the late 1970s. Through these engagements and wider conversations, Paul has also developed a wider interest in the role of archives in maintaining and providing access to 'usable pasts'. 

Paul is also the Historical Geography Section Editor for Geography Compass.

Research interests

My research and teaching interests can be found across political and economic geography and more specifically labour geography. I am interested in the ways in which economic geography is experienced from below and how workers, and non-workers, can shape and reshape their material conditions. I am keen to develop this research interest in both historical and contemporary settings. My doctoral research was largely archival and as a result of this I have developed a further research interest in historical geography, particularly debates regarding the archive and the production of usable pasts.

Summary of current research interests:

  1. Labour geography
  2. Histories of labour activism and internationalism
  3. Unemployment - linking with ideas of community, support and resistance
  4. Historical geography and the creation of usable pasts

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth

Education/Academic qualification

Geography, PhD

1 Sept 201531 Dec 2099

Award Date: 1 Sept 2015


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