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Dr Paul Griffin

Assistant Professor

Department: Geography and Environmental Sciences

Paul is an Assistant Professor 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 been 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 developed 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

My research and teaching interests can be found across political and economic geography and more specifically labour geography. I am interested in the ways in which economic geography is experienced from below and how workers, and non-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

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Unemployed Workers’ Centres (1978–): Spatial Politics,“Non-Movement”, and the Making of Centres, Griffin, P. Mar 2023, In: Antipode
  • The 1919 ‘race riots’ – within and beyond exceptional moments in South Shields and Glasgow, Griffin, P., Martin, H. 1 Jun 2021, In: Political Geography
  • Expanding labour geographies: resourcefulness and organising amongst ‘unemployed workers’, Griffin, P. 1 Jan 2021, In: Geoforum
  • Labour, carcerality and punishment: ‘less-than-human’ labour landscapes, Cassidy, K., Griffin, P., Wray, F. 1 Dec 2020, In: Progress in Human Geography
  • Experiencing (dis)comforting pedagogies: learning critical geography beyond the here and now, Clayton, J., Griffin, P., Mowl, G. 2 Apr 2023, In: Journal of Geography in Higher Education

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Co-Producing usable pasts: hidden histories of unemployment, Griffin, P. (Principal Investigator), British Academy, 31/08/20 - 26/08/22, 0.00
  • More-than a 'reserve army of labour' - historicising UK unemployment (1978), Griffin, P. (Principal Investigator), The Economic History Society, 01/03/20 - 28/02/21, 0.00

  • 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

  • Olivia Robinson Haunting, Heritage, and Justice: Archiving Industrial Trauma for the Future Start Date: 01/10/2023
  • Hannah Martin The Intersection of Race, Class and Politics in the North East of England, 1919-1939. Start Date: 01/10/2017 End Date: 28/09/2021
  • Hannah Martin The Intersection of Race, Class and Politics in the North East of England, 1919-1939. Start Date: 01/10/2017 End Date: 18/11/2020

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