Professor Paul Routledge (University of Leeds)

Paul Routledge is Professor in Contentious Politics and Social Change, at the School of Geography, University of Leeds. His research interests include critical geopolitics, climate change, social justice, civil society, the environment, and social movements. He has long-standing research interests concerning development, environment and the practices of social movements in the Global South, particularly South Asia and Southeast Asia, and in the Global North. In particular, his research has been concerned with two key areas of interest: the spatiality of social movements in the Global South and Global North; and the practical, political and ethical challenges of scholar activism: politically engaged and committed research that is practice-based and conducted in horizontal collaboration with social movements. His current research is concerned with the nexus of climate change, economic inequality and social justice. In particular, the research focuses upon the role of social movements (and other civil society organisations) in both Global North and Global South contexts in creating innovative responses to contemporary environmental, political and economic challenges.

He is author of Space Invaders: radical geographies of protest (Pluto Press, 2017); Global Justice Networks: Geographies of Transnational Solidarity (Manchester University Press, 2009); and Terrains of Resistance (Praeger, 1993); and co editor of The Geopolitics Reader (Routledge, 1998; 2006); and Entanglements of Power: geographies of domination/resistance (Routledge, 2000). He was awarded the James Blaut Award, by the Association of American Geographers in 2016.

Paul is a Co-Investigator on the Phase 2 Large Grant project ‘Imagining Otherwise: Transforming Spaces through Arts Education’ (South Africa).

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