Human Geography Research

Human Geography Research

The Human Geography Research Group (HGRG) is an expanding community of academic staff, postdoctoral researchers and postgraduate students, with a well-established reputation for geographical research that is theoretically innovative, politically engaged, empirically diverse, and inclusive of a broad range of communities and partnerships. There are five main threads running through HGRG research:

Collectively, HGRG researchers have sought to explore the workings of power in its myriad forms and the different places through which it flows. We engage with differing critical theories of feminism, postcolonialism, posthumanism, post-structuralism, political economy and historiography, enabling work that asks significant questions about the configuration of contemporary geographies, or that shapes knowledge of past communities and environments. 

HGRG is involved in guiding key disciplinary debates and forging conceptual advances, variously through: editorial roles in high-profile journals and book series (including: Progress in Human Geography, Urban Studies, Environment and Planning A; Cultural Geographies and Political Geography); authorship of key research companions, edited volumes and monographs; and, editorial input or contribution to major reference texts such as the Dictionary of Human Geography, the Encyclopaedia of Human Geography and Geographers Biobibliographical Studies. HGRG researchers also lead interdisciplinary initiatives with colleagues in Urban Studies, Health Research, International Development, Creative and Contemporary Arts, and in the School’s companion research group, Earth Systems Research.

The HGRG is committed to engaging with local communities and broader publics, and to forging transnational solidarities between the Global North and South. Our research practice, whether operating through sustained fieldwork or deskwork, enables progressive forms of activism and intervention in daily struggles and public campaigns. Our critical analysis is designed to speak back constructively to user-groups, and differing policy fields (urban, alternative economic and health). Our commitment to creatively, engaging research takes shape through collaborations with artists, composers, and curators in exhibition settings, public spaces and contested landscapes. 

For more information relating to individuals, please visit the HGRG members pages.  


PhD studentships in Cultural and Historical Geography

PhD Studentships in Cultural and Historical Geography at the University of Glasgow, 2016-17

The School of Geographical and Earth Sciences at the University of Glasgow is pleased to invite applications for AHRC +3 PhD studentship opportunities, through its involvement in the Scottish Graduate School of Arts and Humanities (SGSAH), a Doctoral Training Partnership of 8 Scottish HEIs.

The School Geographical and Earth Sciences (GES) welcomes student proposals which relate to existing research strengths in the following areas:

• Cultural geography
• Historical geography
• Landscape studies
• Historical geographies of science
• Historical geographies of resistance and labour
• Sci-Arts collaboration
• Arts, health and well-being
• Performance and ecology

Applications encompassing an interdisciplinary aspect are also welcome.
Studentships are available to applicants living in the UK and the European Union. For full details, please visit
Applicants with a Masters degree (or currently studying for a Masters qualification) will be prioritised. To be considered for an award, candidates must have applied to study at the University of Glasgow and have provided two academic references through the university’s application system. Full details and the application form are available on the SGSAH website.

The deadline for scholarship applications is: Wednesday 6 January 2016.

Within the School of Geographical and Earth Sciences, prospective applicants with enquiries should contact Deborah Dixon, Head of Graduate Studies ( or Hayden Lorimer, Human Geography Research Group (

Details of research in the School of GES are available at:

Successful applicants to SGSAH benefit from fees, stipend and significant additional flexible funding to shape their doctoral training to meet their individual needs. SGSAH students will have access to the rich resources available in all Scottish HEIs as well as unique training opportunities developed in partnership with SGSAH’s 29 founding supporter organisations. These prestigious and internationally-renowned organisations include the National Museum of Scotland, the National Library of Scotland, the National Theatre of Scotland, Scottish Ballet, the National Galleries of Scotland, BBC Scotland, Scottish Opera, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and the Royal Scottish Chamber Orchestra, the Edinburgh International Book and Film Festivals, the Scottish Sculpture Workshop and a diverse range of local and regional arts, culture and heritage organisations. They have committed to support students in a variety of ways including exclusive access to training events, mentoring, talks, visits and funded placements and internships.