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Dr Marijn Nieuwenhuis

Assistant Professor

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Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography201+44 (0) 191 33 41942
Assistant Professor , Geographies of Life201+44 (0) 191 33 41942


I moved to Durham after 9 years in Warwick University's Politics and International Studies Department, where I received also my PhD. Before then, I have lived, studied and worked for long periods in different cities across China and Europe.

My trans-disciplinary research is at the intersection of Geography and International Relations. My current research focuses on the 'politics of the air' and deals with questions of technology, pollution, security, territory, governance, but also with artistic and poetic relations with the air. The research I work on is primarily, but not only, situated in the Chinese context.

I also consider local engagement important. I have done previous work and research in Coventry and I am currently interested in collaborations in the North East.

I blog at Elemental Geography, but you can also find me on academia.adu and on Twitter. I am not very active on social media, however.

Research groups


Authored book

  • Nieuwenhuis, Marijn, Nassar, Aya & Leach, Carol (2019). Spon End: A Local Guide. Independent Publishing Network.

Book review

Chapter in book

  • Nieuwenhuis, Marijn (2019). Ephemeral language: communicating by breath. In Critical Methods for the Study of World Politics: Creativity and Transformation. Choi, Shine, Selmeczi, Anna & Strausz, Erzsébet Taylor & Francis.
  • Nieuwenhuis, M. (2018). The Politics of Breathing: Knowledge on Air and Respiration. In Atmospheres of breathing: the respiratory questions of philosophy. Škof, L. & Berndtson, P. SUNY Press.
  • Nieuwenhuis. M. (2018). A grain of sand against a world of territory: experiences of sand and sandscapes in China. In Territory Beyond Terra. Steinberg, P., Peters, K. & Stratford, E. Rowman and Littlefield.
  • Nieuwenhuis, M (2017). The Invisible Lines of Territory: An Investigation into the Makeup of Territory. In The Question of Space: Post-Disciplinary Interventions on the Spatial Turn. Oxford: Rowman and Littlefield. Nieuwenhuis, M & Crouch, D Rowman and Littlefield.
  • Nieuwenhuis, M. (2016). Imagining the Indo-Pacific Region. In New Regional Geopolitics in the Indo-Pacific. Chacko, P. Routledge.

Edited book

  • Nieuwenhuis, M & Crouch, D (2017). The Question of Space: Interrogating the Spatial Turn between Disciplines. Place, Memory, Affect. Rowman and Littlefield.

Journal Article

Supervision students