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Lecturer in Political Geography

Requisition ID:  25159

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Fixed Term
Working Pattern:  Full Time
Posted Date:  06-Mar-2023

We are a world class research-intensive university. We deliver teaching and learning of the highest quality. We play a leading role in economic, social and cultural development of the North East of England. Attracting and retaining high-calibre people is fundamental to our continued success.


What’s in it for you? Newcastle University is a great place to work, with excellent benefits. We have a generous holiday package; plus the opportunity to buy more, great pension schemes and a number of health and wellbeing initiatives to support you.


Newcastle is an inclusive global University community where everyone is treated with dignity and respect.  As a University of Sanctuary, we aim to provide a welcoming place of safety for all, offering opportunities to people fleeing violence and persecution.


Newcastle University is committed to being a fully inclusive Global University which actively recruits, supports and retains colleagues from all sectors of society.  We value diversity as well as celebrate, support and thrive on the contributions of all our employees and the communities they represent.  We are proud to be an equal opportunities employer and encourage applications from everybody, regardless of race, sex, ethnicity, religion, nationality, sexual orientation, age, disability, gender identity, marital status/civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, as well as being open to flexible working practices.


Salary: £38,474 to £43,155 per annum


Closing Date: 19 April 2023


The Role


Your research and teaching will focus on political geography, broadly defined, and will complement and extend our existing research and teaching strengths in political geographies at Newcastle University.  Your research will be recognised internationally within your field, and you will be an excellent teacher at undergraduate and taught postgraduate levels in Geography.  We welcome applicants whose work advances one or more of the following areas: political geographies of environmental change; political geographies of displacement; political geographies of the Middle East.


This position is fixed term for five years (60 months) only and has been created following the award of a five year European Research Council Starting Grant to Dr Mark Griffiths in Geography, School of GPS.

Geography at Newcastle


Informal enquiries can be made to: Professor Rachel Woodward, Head of Geography, Newcastle University (


Geography is one of three subject areas in the School of Geography, Politics and Sociology (GPS), which has Athena SWAN bronze accreditation.  We welcome applicants who share our values of inclusion, integrity and collegiality.


Shortlisted candidates will be invited for interview 22nd-23rd May 2023.


Key accountabilities

The successful applicant will be expected to:

  • Conduct and publish internationally recognised research in the sub-disciplinary area of political geographies
  • Contribute to our future submissions to the UK’s Research Excellence Framework (REF)
  • Apply for external research funding, including collaborative applications with colleagues within Newcastle University or beyond
  • Engage with potential non-academic users and beneficiaries of your research
  • Participate in our research clusters, particularly Power Space Politics
  • Contribute to, develop and extend teaching across our undergraduate and taught postgraduate Geography degree programmes
  • Become involved with postgraduate research student supervision when opportunities arise
  • Contribute to the administration of the Geography degree programmes and/or administration of other activities in Geography and the School of GPS
  • Provide academic guidance and pastoral support to personal tutees
  • Work in a collegial way, making a positive contribution to our collaborative and inclusive environment in which we value and support excellent research, teaching and impact
  • Take responsibility for your professional and career development with the support and encouragement of your colleagues


The Person


Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  • A track record, commensurate with career stage, of published research within political geography
  • Research skills based on strong knowledge and understanding of a range of research methods, data sources, analytic techniques and methodologies
  • Experience of applying for research funding
  • Experience of engagement with non-academic research users and beneficiaries
  • Excellent teaching skills, including experience of teaching at Geography undergraduate level in political geography
  • Excellent knowledge of core teaching requirements in human geography undergraduate programmes, including ability to teach research methodologies in Geography
  • Experience of lecturing, seminar teaching, assessment, field courses and dissertation supervision
  • Experience of providing academic guidance and pastoral care to undergraduate students


  • Experience of teaching at taught postgraduate level
  • Experience of providing academic guidance and pastoral care to taught postgraduate students


Attributes and Behaviours

  • Commitment to maintaining and supporting a diverse and inclusive working environment, in which all colleagues and students are treated fairly and respectfully
  • Ability to work both within teams and on your own initiative when required
  • Willingness and ability to work collegially, making a positive contribution to a collaborative environment that values and supports excellent research, teaching and impact
  • Willingness and ability to assume administrative responsibilities, including module leadership
  • Willingness (where personal circumstances enable this) to take part in field courses, including residential and non-residential field courses



  • A good first degree and PhD (completed or near completion) in Human Geography or closely related discipline

The University holds a silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our good employment practices for the advancement of gender equality. The University is also a member of the Euraxess initiative supporting researchers in Europe.


Requisition ID: 225159