Professor Peter Hopkins

Professor Peter Hopkins

  • Professor of Social Geography
  • Geography, School of Geography, Politics and Sociology
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  • Telephone: (0191) 208 3924

My research is focused on young people’s geographies and the relationships between young people and those of other generations, such as their parents and grandparents generations.

I have conducted research with diverse groups of young people including Muslim young men, Sikh youth, refugee children and young migrants.

I explore a diversity of issues in this research such as: citizenship and belonging; inclusion and exclusion; transitions to adulthood and political participation.

My research draws upon interdisciplinary debates from youth studies, children’s geographies and geopolitics as well as from human geography, sociology, cultural studies and politics.

I am committed to conducting innovative qualitative and participatory research with young people and to working collaboratively with external stakeholders. 

Key publications:

Benwell M and Hopkins P (2016) Children, young people and critical geopolitics. Aldershot: Ashgate.

Hopkins P (2010) Young people, place and identity. London: Routledge.

O'Neill Gutierrez C and Hopkins P (2015) Introduction: young people, gender and intersectionality. Gender, Place and Culture 22(3) 383-389

Hopkins P and Alexander C (2010) Politics, mobility and nationhood: upscaling young people’s geographies. Area 42(2) 142-144.

Hopkins P and Bell N (2008) Editorial: interdisciplinary perspectives on ethical issues in child research. Children’s Geographies 6(1) 1-6.

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