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Lecturer in Quantitative Human Geography

Requisition ID:  21305

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Fixed Term
Working Pattern:  Full Time
Posted Date:  03-Aug-2022

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.



Lecturer Grade F: £37,474 to £42,155 per annum

Lecturer Grade G: £43,414 to £51,805 per annum


Duration: Fixed Term for 2yrs


Closing Date: 09 September 2022


The Role

Your research and teaching will centre around the exploration of quantitative geographical data and will complement and extend our existing strengths in human geography at Newcastle University.  You will provide internationally recognised scholarship within your research field as well as excellent undergraduate teaching.  


We welcome applicants whose work advances one or more of the following: critical perspectives in the application of geospatial data analysis; urban analytics in the study of local/regional change and development; examination of inequalities at multiple spatial scales including the regional; the innovative uses of quantitative methods in human geography to advance research agendas around health, cities or labour; understanding of the intersections of race and ethnicity, gender, class, sexuality and ability through quantitative datasets.  


There may also be opportunities through this post to be part of Geography’s connections with Newcastle University’s Centre for Data as well as its Centre for Doctoral Training in Geospatial Systems.


Geography is part of the School of Geography, Politics and Sociology, which has Athena SWAN bronze accreditation. We welcome applicants who share our values of inclusion and integrity. 


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


Key Accountabilities

  • Conduct and publish internationally recognised research within human geography drawing on quantitative and spatial analysis techniques and spatial data
  • Contribute to our future submissions within the UK’s Research Excellence Framework (REF)
  • Apply for external research funding, including developing collaborative applications with colleagues in Geography and/or elsewhere in the School, Faculty or University
  • Engage with potential (non-academic) beneficiaries of your research
  • Be an active member of our research clusters
  • Contribute to teaching across our undergraduate and postgraduate taught programmes, in particular with quantitative and/or geographical analysis techniques
  • Develop and extend our undergraduate teaching within human geography and our broader geography programmes
  • Engage with postgraduate research student supervision should opportunities arise
  • Contribute to the administration of Geography teaching programmes and/or the effective management of other activities in Geography and the School
  • Provide academic guidance and pastoral care to personal tutees
  • Act in a collegial manner, making a positive contribution to maintaining and enhancing a collaborative and inclusive environment that values and supports excellent research, teaching and impact
  • Take responsibility for your professional and career development in a collaborative environment and with the support and encouragement of your colleagues and mentors

The Person 


Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  • A track record, commensurate with the applicant’s career stage, of published research within human geography focusing on spatial data analysis
  • Research skills that draw on a range of spatial data analysis methods, data sources and techniques
  • Experience of applying for research funding
  • Experience of engagement with potential (non-academic) beneficiaries of your research
  • Excellent teaching skills, with experience of teaching undergraduate and/or postgraduate students, and ability to teach R and QGIS/ArcGIS
  • Excellent knowledge of core areas of teaching and training in human geography and geography programmes more broadly
  • Experience of lecturing, field courses, seminar teaching, assessment, and dissertation supervision
  • Experience of providing academic guidance and pastoral care to students
  • Experience of providing support or mentoring to colleagues or students

Attributes and Behaviour

  • 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 as part of a team and on own initiative
  • Willingness and ability to act in a collegial manner, making a positive contribution to maintaining and enhancing a collaborative environment that values and supports excellent research, teaching and impact
  • Willingness and ability to assume administrative responsibilities
  • Willingness and ability to support field courses, including short periods away from Newcastle



  • Good first degree and PhD in Human Geography or a related field


The University holds a silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our good employment practices for the advancement of gender equality. The University also holds the HR Excellence in Research award for our work to support the career development of our researchers, and is a member of the Euraxess initiative supporting researchers in Europe.


Requisition ID: 21305