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Critical Geographies

Group Leader

Nigel Clark

Critical Geographies, Improving global stewardship, Understanding a changing planet

A29, A - Floor, LEC lll


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CLISEL: Climate Security with Local Authorities
01/05/2016 → 30/04/2019

Research - socio-legal scholarship
01/09/2015 → …

DEMAND: Dynamics of Energy, Mobility and Demand
01/05/2013 → 30/06/2019

Human rights and boundaries
01/03/2013 → …

Community based fuel poverty initiatives and access to energy services for older people
01/10/2011 → 31/03/2015

01/06/2009 → 31/05/2012

Children, flood and urban resilience
01/03/2009 → …

INCLUESEV energy and equity cluster
01/01/2009 → 31/12/2011

FP6: Governat
01/10/2006 → 30/09/2010

The Catchment Change Management Hub
01/01/1900 → …

Research Activity

Our research focuses on a variety of critical geographies - geographies that are vital to sustainability, social and environmental justice and our collective futures. These include, in our current research and writing, geographies of migration, energy, water, food, climate change, infrastructure, the Anthropocene and the subterranean.

As human geographers and social scientists, we undertake our research with a 'critical' perspective and approach. This means drawing on theory, empirical inquiry and cutting edge analysis to question and challenge dominant discourses and power structures, to identify the fundamental ways in which these serve to impair human and planetary wellbeing and to work with all those engaged in finding better and alternative forms of practice and governance.

Theoretically and methodologically our interest is not just in 'the human', rather we actively engage in thinking about and investigating the materiality of everyday social practice, the agency of non-humans and our fundamental embedding in technological, ecological, geosocial and planetary formations.

Our research group consists of academic staff, researchers and PhD students working separately and together in collaborations that extend across and beyond the University. We are actively engaged in other Centres and Institutes at Lancaster, including the RCUK funded DEMAND Centre (Dynamics of Energy, Mobility and Demand) and the Institute for Social Futures.

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