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Dr Paul Griffin

Senior Lecturer

Department: Geography and Environmental Sciences

Paul is a Lecturer in Human Geography and has worked at Northumbria University since 2016. His research interests primarily connect with the sub-field of labour geography. In practice, his work has engaged with historical geographies of labour activism and work related experiences. His research has engaged closely with ideas of spatial politics through the histories of 'Red Clydeside', and most recently, he has begun working on a project to consider collective and community responses to UK unemployment since the late 1970s. Through these engagements and wider conversations, Paul has also develoepd a wider interest in the role of archives in maintaining and providing access to 'usable pasts'. 

Paul is also the Historical Geography Section Editor for Geography Compass.

Paul Griffin

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Expanding labour geographies: resourcefulness and organising amongst ‘unemployed workers’, Griffin, P. 19 Nov 2020, In: Geoforum
  • Labour, carcerality and punishment, Cassidy, K., Griffin, P., Wray, F. 1 Dec 2020, In: Progress in Human Geography
  • Making usable pasts: collaboration, labour and activism in the archive, Griffin, P. Dec 2018, In: Area
  • Diverse Political Identities within a Working Class Presence, Griffin, P. Jul 2018, In: Political Geography
  • Spatial relations, histories from below and the makings of agency, Featherstone, D., Griffin, P. 1 Jun 2016, In: Progress in Human Geography

Qualifications

Geography PhD September 01 2015

PGR Supervision

  • Hannah Martin The Intersection of Race, Class and Politics in the North East of England, 1919-1939. Start: 01/10/2017
  • Hannah Martin The Intersection of Race, Class and Politics in the North East of England, 1919-1939. Start: 01/10/2017

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

Paul is a Lecturer in Human Geography and has worked at Northumbria University since 2016. His research interests primarily connect with the sub-field of labour geography. In practice, his work has engaged with historical geographies of labour activism and work related experiences. His research has engaged closely with ideas of spatial politics through the histories of 'Red Clydeside', and most recently, he has begun working on a project to consider collective and community responses to UK unemployment since the late 1970s. Through these engagements and wider conversations, Paul has also develoepd a wider interest in the role of archives in maintaining and providing access to 'usable pasts'. 

Paul is also the Historical Geography Section Editor for Geography Compass.

My research and teaching interests can be found within economic geography and more specifically labour geography. I am interested in the ways in which economic geography is experienced from below and how workers can shape and reshape their material conditions. I am keen to develop this research interest in both historical and contemporary settings. My doctoral research was largely archival and as a result of this I have developed a further research interest in historical geography, particularly debates regarding the archive and the production of usable pasts.

Summary of current research interests:

  1. Labour geography
  2. Histories of labour activism and internationalism
  3. Unemployment - linking with ideas of community, support and resistance
  4. Historical geography and the creation of usable pasts

Professional Activity

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Oral presentation: Care, support and activism: historical geographies of Unemployed Workers’ Centres 2019
  • Oral presentation: Politicising unemployment:volunteering, support and activism in UK Unemployed Workers’ Centres 2019
  • Oral presentation: New forms of community unionism and the spatial politics of labour organising 2018
  • Oral presentation: Labour, carcerality and punishment: ‘less than human’ labour landscapes 2017
  • Oral presentation: ‘Clydeside’s Working-Class Presence: Political Identities and International Connections’ 2017
  • Editorial work: Geography Compass (Journal) 2017
  • Oral presentation: Space, Place and Solidarity: Towards a Conversation Between Labour Geography and Labour History 2016


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