Group Leader: Professor Gordon Walker
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 well-being 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.