Inequality and vulnerability
A focus on inequality and vulnerability features strongly across much of the research at Geography at Manchester. For many of the research projects this takes the form of exploring environmental governance, and how inequalities and vulnerabilities are replicated through these processes such as the impact of service delivery (e.g., fresh water, energy) on households, communities and natures.
Others explore inequality and vulnerability as it is reproduced across urban or domestic spaces - through asylum and migration, social movements, urban insurgencies, social exclusion and austerity, domestic labour, creative labour, urban diversity, racism and multiculturalism amongst other issues.
Who we are
Stefan Bouzarovski (Groups: SERG, CPERG)
Issues of inequality and vulnerability surrounding access to infrastructural services form the central strand of Stefan’s work. He has been uncovering the relationship between dynamics of socio-technical transformation at multiple scales, on the one hand, and the existing and new patterns of deprivation within the urban fabric, on the other.
Jonathan Darling (Groups: CPERG, CSRG)
Jonathan’s research focuses on the politics and ethics of forced migration. He has published work on urban sanctuary movements, asylum activism, and the ethical challenges of working alongside asylum seekers and refugees. In his current work, he is considering how the vulnerability and political agency of asylum seekers is understood by different actors responsible for housing asylum seekers in British cities.
Sarah Marie Hall (Groups: SCRG, CPERG)
Sarah’s work explores issues of inequality and vulnerability, with a particular focus on gender, class, inter-personal and inter-generational differences and tensions, and the intersections therein. Her research in this regard has been in the UK, USA, Ireland and the Netherlands. In her field practice she is also sensitive to inequality and difference, and has typically adopted an in-depth, ethnographic approach to her empirical work, heavily influenced by feminist ethics and methods.
Maria Kaika (Groups: SERG and CPERG)
Maria's work examines the relationship between urban insurgencies, and austerity and social exclusion, architecture and crisis, and land financialisation as a lived process.
Filippo Menga (Groups: CPERG, SERG)
Filippo’s research sits at the intersection of international relations, political geography and nationalism studies, focusing on the role that discursive constructions play in the management of transboundary water resources. He is currently studying the multiscalar politics of large dams, to explore how the interrelation between domestic politics and international relations can further our understanding of water politics.
Lucas Oesch (Groups: SERG and CPERG)
Lucas’s work is centred on forced migration in urban contexts, with a focus on the Middle East. His research and publications look at the integration and exclusion of forced migrants in the urban space, as well as forced migrants’ strategies of transnational mobility.
Saskia Warren (Groups: SCRG, CPERG)
Saskia’s work investigates how difference is managed in cities and the built environment with focus on the substantive issues of culture and education. Research addressing inequalities includes work on audiencing in cultural spaces, and learning and development in alternative spaces of education.
Helen Wilson (Group: SCRG, CPERG)
Helen's research focuses on conflict management and anti-violence initiatives, which includes an interest in the multiple forms and expressions of xenophobia, racism and intolerance. Current work includes an engagement with the geographies and workings of supplementary education, designed to support learning in language, culture, faith and core curriculum for BME and disadvantaged children.
Current research projects
- Producing Urban Asylum (funded by ESRC Future Research Leaders). Jonathan Darling.
- EVALUATE (Energy Vulnerability and Urban Transitions in Europe (funded by European Research Council). Stefan Bouzarovski and Saska Petrova.
- How Do Recessions and Austerity Impact Everyday Family Life? An Ethnography of Family, Consumption and Morality Following the Recent Economic Recession (funded by a Hallsworth Fellowship, University of Manchester). Sarah Marie Hall.