Gerard Toal: Ireland, Bosnia, Russia-Georgia, Global Crash, Pandemic, Nuclear War

Introducing Gerard Toal (Gearóid Ó Tuathail)

Gerard ToalDr Gerard Toal is Professor of Government and International Affairs at Virginia Tech, National Capital Region (US). He studied History and Geography at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth, between 1979 and 1982. He then studied political geography with Dr John O’Loughlin at the University of Illinois between 1982 and 1984, minoring in Latin American and African Studies. Read more

Fiona McConnell: Unrecognised Nations and Peoples Organisation, Tibetan government

Introducing Fiona McConnell

picture Fiona McConnellDr Fiona McConnell is a Research Fellow at Trinity College, University of Cambridge. From Belfast, Northern Ireland, Fiona did her undergraduate degree in Geography at Fitzwilliam College, University of Cambridge (2004), and obtained her Masters and PhD at Queen Mary, University of London (2010), where she was supervised by Prof. Miles Ogborn. Intersecting with scholarship in political geography, critical international relations and political anthropology, Fiona’s research focuses on issues around issues of sovereignty, state practices and the (re)pluralising of political space. Read more

Daniel Hammett: Global South, resistance, growing power of BRICs, Twitter, Zapiro

Introducing Daniel Hammett

picture Daniel HammettDr Daniel Hammett is a Faculty Research Fellow in the Department of Geography, University of Sheffield and a Research Associate at the University of the Free State, South Africa. Following degrees from the University of Oxford and University of Edinburgh, he held posts at the University of Edinburgh and the University of the Witwatersrand before moving to Sheffield. Read more

David Nally: Great Irish Famine, Food Security, Natural Disasters, Land Grabs, Africa

Introducing David Nally

David NallyDr David Nally is University Lecturer at the Geography Department of the University of Cambridge, and Fellow and Director of Studies at Fitzwilliam College. He undertook his undergraduate degree (BA in History and Geography) at University College Cork, Ireland, and obtained his PhD in Geography at the University of British Columbia, Canada, where Professor Derek Gregory supervised his studies. Dr Nally’s research focuses on the political, economic and cultural dimensions of colonisation, the geopolitics of subsistence crises, and the political economy of agrarian change. He is currently working on a genealogy of the concept of ‘food security’. Read more

John Morrissey: subaltern narratives, biopolitical violence, strategic studies

Introducing John Morrissey

John MorrisseyDr John Morrissey is a political and cultural geographer at National University of Ireland, Galway, where he is Director of the Masters in Environment, Society and Development. Dr Morrissey did his undergraduate degree at Trinity College Dublin and his PhD at the University of Exeter. He has recently completed an MA in Academic Practice at NUI Galway’s Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching. Read more

Alistair Fraser: Land reform, South Africa, urban slums, industrial farmers

Introducing Alistair Fraser

picture Alistair FraserDr Alistair Fraser is a lecturer in NUI Maynooth, Ireland. What follows is his personal introduction in the first person (participants in the Geopolitical Passport series are usually introduced in third person).

I completed a Hons Degree in Geography at Strathclyde University in Glasgow (1999) and then moved to Columbus, Ohio where I completed my MA (2001) and PhD (2006) in Geography at The Ohio State University (OSU). At OSU I enjoyed working with Paul Robbins until he moved on and for the whole time I was there I learned enormously from Nancy Ettlinger, including working with her on a paper we published in Geoforum on British drum & bass music (which for my sins I constantly and exclusively listen to). Read more

Simon Dalby: 3-Climate change, humanity, capitalism, modernity, geographers

Introducing

Simon DalbyProfessor Simon Dalby obtained his Ph.D. (on cold war geopolitics) at Simon Fraser University.

He works at Carleton University in Ottawa, teaching courses in political geography, and is co-editor of the Geopolitics journal. Professor Dalby is specialised in critical geopolitics, environmental security and the geographical dimensions of global politics. Read more

Pádraig Carmody: New Scramble for Africa, Fortune Global 500, China’s flexigemony

Introducing Pádraig Carmody

picture Pádraig CarmodyPádraig Carmody is an associate professor of development geography at Trinity College Dublin.

He undertook his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at thsi university, while his PhD is from the University of Minnesota, USA. Read more

Saul Cohen: Geopolitical Review 2011 – Global events and US foreign policy

Introducing Saul Cohen

Saul CohenProfessor Saul Cohen is University Professor Emeritus at Hunter College and the City University of New York. He is also Editor of the Oxford World Atlas, among other positions. Professor Cohen obtained his PhD at Harvard University and is specialised in geopolitical theory and political geography. He has written extensively about political and economic geography, Israel and Middle East geography, education and environmental perception. In 2008, the second edition of his book “Geopolitics: the Geography of International Relations” was published. Read more

Jo Sharp: Feminist geopolitics, postcolonialism, common sense, Reader’s Digest

Introducing Jo Sharp

picture Jo SharpDr Jo Sharp is Professor of Geography at the University of Glasgow. She did her undergraduate degree in Geography at the University of Cambridge in England, and obtained her Masters and PhD at Syracuse University (US). Professor Sharp’s research interests are mostly related to feminist, postcolonial, cultural and political geographies, with a special focus on Africa. One specific research area is the creation of popular geographical imaginations and knowledges, and the ways these are connected to everyday realities of identity and gender roles. Read more