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Dr. Mark Griffiths

Lecturer in International Development

Department: Social Sciences

Mark joined Northumbria University in 2016 as a Vice Chancellor's Research Fellow. His work is split between two sites: in Palestine Mark focuses on the embodied aspects of the occupation in the West Bank, tracking the emotional and affective experience of Palestian activism and resistance; in India he focuses on NGO and volunteer work on livelihood and sanitation projects in both urban and rural areas.

Before starting work at Northumbria, Mark was a post-doctoral researcher on the RELATE project based at the University of Oulu, Finland. In this role he published and taught on the ethics of fieldwork and intervention in development contexts. He received his PhD from King's College London in 2015.

Mark Griffiths

Campus Address

Lipman Building 201
City Campus

0191 349 7640


  • PhD Geography King’s College London
  • MA Literature University College London
  • BA Literature University of Sheffield

Key Publications

Recent journal articles

Griffiths M & Joronen M (2018) Marriage under occupation: Israel’s spousal visa restrictions in the West Bank Gender, Place & Culture 10.1080/0966369X.2018.1551784

Griffiths, M. & Repo, J. (2018) 'Biopolitics and Checkpoint 300 in Occupied Palestine:bodies, affect, discipline'. Political Geography, 65, 17-25

Griffiths, M. (2017) 'For speaking against silence: Spivak’s subaltern ethics in the field'. Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers doi:10.1111/tran.12226

Baillie Smith, M., Laurie, N. and Griffiths, M. (2017) 'South-South volunteering and development'. The Geographical Journal doi:10.1111/geoj.12243

Griffiths, M. (2017) 'From heterogeneous worlds: western privilege, class and positionality in the South'. Area, 49 (1), pp. 2-8.

Griffiths, M. (2017) 'Hope in Hebron: the political affects of activism in a strangled city'. Antipode, 49 (3), pp. 617-635

Griffiths, M. and Brown, E. (2017) 'Embodied experiences in international volunteering: power-body relations and performative ontologies', Social & Cultural Geography, 18 (5), pp. 665-682.

Griffiths, M. (2017) '“It’s all bollocks!” and other critical standpoints on the UK Government’s vision of global citizenship.' Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power, 24 (4), pp. 398-416.

Griffiths, M. (2016) 'Writing the body, writing Others: a story of transcendence and potential in volunteering for development', The Geographical Journal doi: 10.1111/geoj.12200

Griffiths, M. (2016) 'Response to the special issue on volunteer tourism: the performative absence of volunteers'. Journal of Sustainable Tourism, 24 (2), pp. 169-176. 

Griffiths, M. (2015) 'I’ve got goose bumps just talking about it!: affective life on neoliberalized volunteering programmes', Tourist Studies, 15 (2), pp. 205-221.

Griffiths, M. (2014) 'The affective spaces of global civil society and why they matter', Emotion, Space and Society, 11, pp. 89-95.

For a full list of Mark's publications, visit his Google Scholar page or his Northumbria Research Link page.


British Academy Sustainable Development (2018-2020)

Cultural responses to house demolitions in Palestine


British Academy/Leverhulme Small Research Grant 2018

Project title: Checkpoints beyond the checkpoint: the implications for women left at home


Rutherford Fund Strategic Partnership 2017-18 

With An-Najah National University, Palestine. Funding for three post-doctoral researchers to work at Northumbria for one year


Newton Fund 2017

Spaces of volunteering and activism in New Delhi


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