Research Themes Applying Interdisciplinary Approach: Technologies

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risks, challenges and opportunities associated with new disruptive and transformative technologies (e. g. social media, big data, new forms of manufacture, robotics and drone technology) , exploring and operationalizing collaborative problem solving and theory building, methodological development and innovation, digital pedagogies, scoping the parameters of networked labour

Crime and Security

  • policing and security governance.
  • domestic violence against women.
  • cybercrimes and security.
  • the impact of new technologies on crimes and their control.
  • the organisation of serious crimes.
  • the governance of transnational crimes.
  • drug markets and their regulation.
  • and crime and the life course.
  • Responses to Insecurity
  • Family, Violence - Domestic Violence and Parental Alienation
  • Crime and Control -Emotion, Intuition and Public Support for Harsh Criminal Justice Policy
  • Women and Justice - Rethinking Women՚s Economic and Social Justice: Resisting Poverty and Exclusion; transnational Feminist Organizing
  • Liberating Prisoners in Covid-19


Education, Skills and Labour Markets

Our research explores the political economy of education and skills formation in international contexts

Children, Culture and Identity

  • Our research helps us to understand the challenges that contemporary childhood brings, including in relation to bullying, aspirations, sexuality, faith, technology enhanced learning, international student mobility and progressive and alternative perspectives on education
  • Critical policy analysis

Health and Social Care

  • complex social interventions and the ways in which these can be applied to the domains of public health, health care and social work. We aim to establish which interventions are effective and how to implement and maintain these for long-term health improvement.
  • Mental Health
  • Women՚s Health
  • Brain and Behaviours
  • Health Economics - Economics of Home Care Programs

Labour Economics

  • inequalities in access to education, skills and employment; inequalities in occupational stratification and unequal treatment at work; and inequalities in the global division of labour and the distribution of income and wealth.
  • past, present and future direction of market capitalism, addressing issues of capital and labour, state and market regulation, moral economy, social justice, and the political economy of neoliberalism.
  • innovative qualitative and quantitative approaches we have produced pioneering ways of measuring and collecting data on skills, job quality, and the changing contours and experiences of work.

Politics and Ethics of Temporary Migrant Labour Program

Programs and fellows address the causes of deep poverty and growing inequality, their consequences for life chances, and strategies for reversing them. In partnership with local governments and nonprofits, we have created indices for racial and geographic disparities in economic opportunity and access to services


  • Urban life, regeneration, heritage, and consumption
  • Community and localities, memory and belonging
  • Cultural theory and artistic practice
  • Subjectivity, identities, and categorization (particularly class and gender)
  • Interaction, talk, and embodiment
  • Care, health and well-being

Social Issues

  • Governance of social and public policy: We focus on devolution and social policymaking in Wales, as well as examining how multi-level governance is enacted through devolved, UK-wide, and supra-national bodies such as the EU or the UN.
  • Policy-related areas: Our key themes within this area include citizenship, comparative social and public policy, governance, poverty analysis, the environment, equal opportunities, and gender.
  • Conceptualization, measurement and analysis of poverty: Our work in this area is the subject of a number of ongoing, externally funded projects and extends beyond the UK and Europe.
  • Equal opportunities policy: We focus on both a critical analysis of key concepts relating to equal opportunities, policies and practices. Of particular interest are gender, sexuality and religion.

International Studies

  • Identity, Ethnicity, Citizenship
  • Human Rights, Conflict
  • International Development
  • International Politics
  • conflict, conflict prevention, and peacebuilding


how governance systems and institutions address the major public issues of our time. We are equally concerned with understanding diverse modes of citizen access to the political arena, and with understanding how diverse citizens (rich and poor, religious and secular, marginalized and powerful) shape public discourse and policy outcomes.


  • Culture, Space and Power: Explores the geographies of cultural practices, forms and knowledges and the cultural dimensions of geographical processes in many different historical and geographical settings.
  • Earth Surface Science: Investigates how landscapes respond to the interacting chemical, physical and biological processes that drive their evolution over timescales varying from individual storm events through to millennia.
    • Catchments and Rivers
    • Hazards and Surface Change
    • Ice Sheets and Sea Level
  • Economy, Development and Social Justice: Challenges conventional geographical and sub-disciplinary boundaries, bringing together the insights of political economy, social geography, and a hybrid economic and development geography in work that often connects the global North, South, East and West.
  • Knowledge, Interventions and Networks in Health: Focuses on research in four distinctive areas: form and function of health interventions; commensurability and friction in health networks; signification and forms of knowledge and power, distributive justice and health inequalities, involving one of the largest groups of health geographers.

Model-Data Comparison Methods

Comparison of results from experiments with climate models with results from observations of past climate or environmental changes derived from various types of proxy data or instrumental data poses particular problems of statistical nature.

Human Geography

  • Economy & Culture
  • Geographies of Life
  • Politics - State - Space (PSS)
  • Urban Worlds
  • Global security, risk futures and geopolitics
  • Digital worlds, algorithmic practices and ethics
  • Biometrics, borders and migrations
  • Lived and Imagined Experiences as Evidence and Insight
  • Interrogating Key Concepts informing Medical and Health-related Practice
  • Wellbeing in relation to Time, Place and Beyond the individual

Literary Writing on Environments and Health

  • Geographies of war, violence, and cultural heritage in conflict zones
  • Theories of violence and worldliness in the works of Agamben, Arendt, Heidegger, Jameson, Lefebvre, and Sloterdijk
  • Critical theories of technology and computing
  • Gender and Development (also called Feminist Political Economy)

Feminist International Relations

  • Feminist activism and transnational social movements
  • Tourism and its cultural effects, heritage and its marketing
  • Waste, disposal, ruins, rubbish and recycling
  • Smart cities, data and urban governance
  • Visual Culture, Literary Geographies and the Arts

Class and Inequality

  • Ethnic conflict, territoriality and intersections with the above
  • Consumption & Disposal
  • ‘Recycling’ & Waste Economies

Science in Practice

  • Feminist, political, and legal geographies
  • Carceral geographies
  • Critical approaches to migration and border control
  • Emerging border and mobility control technologies
  • Detention, processing, accommodation, and deportation regimes
  • Legal geographies of asylum and immigration policies

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