Manlio Graziano: clash of interests, Catholic Church, Italian nationhood, religions

Introducing Manlio Graziano

Manlio GrazianoDr Manlio Graziano teaches Geopolitics and Geopolitics of Religions at the American Graduate School of International Relations and Diplomacy in Paris, and at Paris IV – La Sorbonne. He holds a doctorate in Italian Politics from the Université Grenoble III (2004). He previously graduated from the University of Turin with a degree in French Literature. Read more

Bastiaan van Apeldoorn: US imperialism, neoliberal globalisation, capitalism

Introducing Bastiaan van Apeldoorn

Bastiaan van ApeldoornBastiaan van Apeldoorn is currently Reader in International Relations at the VU University Amsterdam.

He was born in 1970 in Groningen in The Netherlands and studied Political Science at the University of Amsterdam where he obtained his Master’s degree in 1994. After having received his PhD in social and political sciences from the European University Institute in Florence in 1999, dr van Apeldoorn became a postdoctoral fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies before joining VU University. 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

Stuart Elden: Political Geography, International Relations theory, UN Charter

Introducing Stuart Elden

Stuart EldenStuart Elden is Professor of Political Geography at Durham University, and Academic Director of the International Boundaries Research Unit. He is the author of three works of social/spatial theory on Heidegger, Foucault and Lefebvre, and of “Terror and Territory: The Spatial Extent of Sovereignty” which was awarded the Association of American Geographers Globe Book Award, the Political Geography Speciality Group Julian Minghi Outstanding Research Award, and the Royal Geographical Society Murchison Award. 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

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

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

Lorraine Dowler: Women studies, gender, sexuality, political violence, militarization


picture Lorraine DowlerDr Lorraine Dowler is Associate Professor of Women’s Studies at Pennsylvania State University. She obtained a PhD in Geography at Syracuse University, and holds an MLA in Landscape Architecture and a BS in Marketing. Her research interests include gender, militarization, social theory, cultural geography and qualitative methods. Read more

Alun Jones: supranational governance, interdependencies, prenegotiation, Iceland

Introducing Alun Jones

picture Alun JonesDr Alun Jones was born in Cardiff, South Wales and is Professor of Geography at University College Dublin. He held senior positions at University College London and the University of Leicester, and visiting posts at the Universities of Cambridge, Oxford and Bonn. In 1990 he was awarded the Robert Schuman scholarship by the European Parliament, and in 2004-5 he was presented with the Edward Heath Award by the Royal Geographical Society and Institute of British Geographers for his contribution to research on EU governance. In 2006 he was made an Academician of the Learned Societies for the Social Sciences in the United Kingdom in recognition of his scholarship on the European Union and in 2011 was elected to the Royal Irish Academy. Read more