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Richard Kotter

Senior Lecturer

Department: Geography and Environmental Sciences

EE Richardkotter Staffprofile 255I am an Anglo-German economic and political geographer. I am interested in regional economic development in border regions, ecological modernization and environmental transformations, and urban futures.

I am also interested in rights-based approaches to disaster-risk reduction and empowerment of marginalised communities. I have a sustained level of activity in Holocaust and Genocide Education within and outside of the university, both field-based (Poland, Germany) and city-based (Newcastle HMD working group). I have a strong activist and organisational background in this field through Amnesty International as a national volunteer country co-ordinator for European issues, trainer for AIUK, and past Chair of Steering Committee of Country Co-ordinators. I am current member of Case Management Group of AIUK. I am developing research in this area examining capability building in human rights campaigning and evaluation of impact contribution and attribution, which has led to contributions to the TransEuropa festival and currently the York City of Human Rights project.


  • Research Methods PGDip September 01 1994
  • Geography MA (Hons) September 01 1994
  • Geography BSc (Hons) September 01 1993
  • Fellow Royal Geographical Society (RGS-IBS) 2003

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • The Planning and Architecture of Deportation, Imprisonment and Death, Kotter, R., Preston, L. Nov 2018, In: International Journal of Humanities and Social Science
  • Understanding sustainable development (book review), Kotter, R. 9 Apr 2018, In: International Journal of Environmental Studies
  • Cultural Festivals and political geography, Kotter, R. 1 Apr 2018
  • The environment and international relations (book review), Kotter, R. 5 Mar 2018, In: International Journal of Environmental Studies
  • Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service Sprinkler Programme Pilot Project Evaluation, Kotter, R., Davidson, G., Gowling, H. Mar 2018
  • SEEV4City INTERIM 'Summary of the State of the Art' report, Putrus, G., Kotter, R., Wang, Y., Das, R., O'Brien, G., Dai, X., Bentley, E., Cao, Y., Heller, R., Prateek, R., Gough, B. 3 Feb 2018
  • Places of urban disorder? Exposing the hidden nature and values of an English private urban allotment landscape, Scott, A., Dudley, A., Barry, V., Kotter, R. Jan 2018, In: Landscape and Urban Planning
  • Making Geographical Connections – via Nova Scotia, Canada, Kotter, R. 2018, In: International Journal of Research in Geography
  • The EU “live” in Civic Education: To Experience and Understand the European Union in-situ. A model for and experiences from political excursions and thematic seminars to and in Brussels, Weber, I., Kotter, R. Dec 2017, In: International Journal for 21 st Century Education
  • Student work placements as a focus for building partnerships between universities and sustainable development stakeholders, Davidson, G., Glaves, P., Kotter, R., Wilkinson, J. Jan 2016, Engaging Stakeholders in Education for Sustainable Development at University Level, London, Springer


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