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Professor Gavin Bridge


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Professor of Department of Geography231+44 (0) 191 33 43502
Professor of Economy and Culture231+44 (0) 191 33 43502
Professor of Geographies of Life231+44 (0) 191 33 43502
Professor of Politics-State-Space231+44 (0) 191 33 43502
Fellow in the Durham Energy Institute  


Current PhD Supervisions
  • Pietra Cepero Rua Perez, The politics of nature and mining the Amazon: territory, materiality and extraction in Pará, Brazil
  • Eric Boyd (co-supervised with Anthropology), Shifting ontologies of iron ore: enframing extractive resources during the relocation and redevelopment of Kiruna, Sweden
  • Carlos Tornel, A just energy transition in Mexico? Assessing the socio-spatial, and socio-technical implications of incorporating renewable energy projects into the energy system
  • Burag Gurden, Governing the energy-water nexus: sustainable resource governance for development in Turkey
  • Costanza Concetti, Scaling Down Power: a geography of electricity prosumption
  • Miklos Durr, Digitising Mobility: an urban political ecology of climate-smart transport networks
  • Yu-Kai Liao, Crustacean Capitalism in The Amphibious Mekong Delta: Dynamic Relations of Land-water and Agro-aquaculture
  • Ryan Wyeth, Knowing water-as-resource: the political ecology of 'green-power' hydro-development in Georgia
  • Diego Astorga de Ita, "Through the old forest of / mahogany and cedar": environmental change and the landscapes of music in the Sotavento region of eastern Mexico
  • Graham Clark, Understanding hazard correlation: the impacts to the insurance industry
Completed PhD Supervisions
  • Dr Hung-Ying Chen, Air Rights as Market Devices: Exploring Financialization in Taipei Metropolitan Area
  • Dr Julie de los Reyes, Mining Shareholder Value: Financialisation, Extraction, and the Geography of Gold Mining
  • Dr Diego Andreucci, The Political Ecology of Resource Dependence: Extractivism, Conflict and Development in Latin America
  • Dr Chun-Kai Leung, Fuelling the Dragon: a Geographical Political Economy of the Natural Gas Industry in China
  • Dr Philip Robinson, A Political Ecology of Bovine Tuberculosis Eradication in Northern Ireland
  • Dr Ralitsa Hiteva, Geographies of Energy Governance: Negotiating Low Carbon and Energy Secure Futures in the European Union
  • Dr Hugo Romero, Disturbance and Disruption in Chilean Patagonia: a Political Economy of the HidroAysen Hydro-Power Project
  • Dr Tomas Frederiksen, Unearthing Rule: Mining, Power and the Political Ecology of Extraction in Colonial Zambia
  • Dr Denise Humphreys-Bebbington, The Political Ecology of Natural Gas Extraction in Southern Bolivia
  • Dr Raihana Ferdous, Towards a Spatial Understanding of Solar Energy Transition: The Making of a Solar Energy Market in Bangladesh and the Experiences of On-grid and Off-grid Households

Research interests

  • Questions of property, access and control associated with 'new geographies' of resource production and consumption
  • Political ecologies of resource scarcity and security
  • The organisation of global production networks for raw materials, particularly those associated with old and new 'carbon economies'
  • The ways in which the material character of 'biophysical' resources shapes their appropriation, commodification and marketisation
  • Geographies of energy transition and governance

Awarded Grants

  • 2016: 2016-10-01 - 2018-03-08: To the Ends of the Earth, Leverhulme Trust
  • 2016: 2016-2020: H2020-REINVENT, European Commission


Authored book

Chapter in book

  • Bridge, G, Barca, S, Özkaynak, B, Turhan, E & Wyeth, R (2018). Towards a Political Ecology of EU Energy Policy. In Advancing Energy Policy: Lessons on the Integration of Social Sciences and Humanities. Foulds, C & Robison, R Palgrave. 163-175.
  • Bradshaw, M, Dutton, J & Bridge, G (2015). The geopolitical economy of a globalising gas market. In Global Energy: Issues, Potentials and Policy Implications. Ekins, P, Bradshaw, M & Watson, J Oxford University Press. 291-305.
  • Barca, S. & Bridge, G. (2015). Industrialisation and environmental change. In The Routledge Handbook of Political Ecology. Perreault, T., Bridge, G. & McCarthy, J. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge. 366-377.
  • Bridge, G & Bradshaw, M (2015). Deepening Globalisation: economies, trade and energy systems. In Global Energy: Issues, Potentials and Policy Implications. Ekins, P, Bradshaw, M & Watson, J Oxford University Press. 52-72.
  • Bridge, G. (2014). The Resource Archipelago: spatial aesthetics and resource ecologies. In World of Matter. Arns, I Sternberg Press. 64-73.
  • Bridge, G. (2010). Past peak oil: political economy of energy crises. In Global Political Ecology. Peet, R., Robbins, P. & Watts, M. 307-324.

Edited book

  • Perreault, T., Bridge, G. & McCarthy, J. (2015). Routledge Handbook of Political Ecology. Routledge.

Journal Article

Supervision students