‘Securing the Donald’: Our Thoughts and Reflections

During the second term of our Geopolitics and Security MSc programme here at Royal Holloway, our students embark on a week-long Mapping Securitie(s) Workshop alongside our friends from Université de Cergy-Pontoise in Paris. Students, from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds, are presented with a central scenario of which they have to work together in planning to secure…

Security Atmospheres or the Crystallisation of Worlds

My paper on security atmospheres, after a lot of work and rewriting, has just been made available as an advance online publication at Society and Space here. The paper explores how we can approach security atmospherically, whilst examining several recent forms of security practices which have sought to gauge or measure, and attempt to codify, classify…

Living in the Mobility Transition – post-doctoral fellowships

This is not totally relevant to this blog, but Tim Cresswell and I are about to start a large grant on imagined mobility futures (many of those futures will be inherently geopolitical, and explicitly related to notions of security) titled Living in the Mobility Transition, funded by the Mobile Lives Forum (who incidentally have just published an impressive…

Conferenceland

Just back for over a week now after travelling from the AAG and the Political Geography Preconference in Tampa and there’s quite a lot of catching up to do. Highlights in the pre-conference for me included Susan Roberts’ talk on the political economy of geo-spatial intelligence (drawn from work with Jeremy Crampton) and excellent papers from Sara…

Critical Security Mapping

Just coming to the end of an incredible week for our MSc where we worked with a group of Urban GIS students from Cergy-Pontoise, Paris to develop a critical security map of Royal Holloway campus, as if we were hosting a G8 (or G7 within the current climate) summit during the summer and the issues,…