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Dr Marijn Nieuwenhuis

Assistant Professor

Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography+44 (0) 191 33 41942
Fellow of the Institute for Medical Humanities


I moved to Durham after nine years in Warwick University's Politics and International Studies department, where I also received also my PhD. Before moving to the UK in the early 2010s, I lived, studied and worked for long periods in different cities across China and Europe.

My trans-disciplinary research is at the intersection of Cultural/ Political Geography and Critical International Relations. My work is driven by a curiosity for conceptual art, disregarded things, unexpected places, and elemental experiments. I have written on holes, weather, air, breathing, skin, trust, and sand. A lot of my writing is inspired by the places I dwell in and the human and non-human animals I meet there. I am currently writing on respiratory dust, the lives and afterlives of back lanes, and toilets in elite politics. 

I consider situated engagement meaningful and politically important. I have done previous work and research in Coventry and I am currently interested in collaborations with organisations, artists, poets, and storytellers in the North East. I recently started to take a special interest in the sometimes forgotten worlds and lives of back lanes in England's Northeast.

I also serve on the advisory board of the Routledge Critical Perspectives on Breath and Breathing series. If you are interested in publishing your work with us, please get in touch.

Besides my academic writing, you can find me at OpenDemocracy, Somatosphere and elsewhere.


I welcome PhD students interested in doing work on the poetics and politics of breathing, geographies of trust, and the worlds of unexpected places. I also welcome students to wanting to work with me on phenomenology and theory (especially Alphonso Lingis, Frantz Fanon, Luce Irigary, Georges Bataille, Peter Sloterdijk and others).

Widening Participation

As the first person in my family to go university, I know that university life can be challenging. In my role as the department's Widening Participation Coordinator, I am eager to support new and existing students. Please do get in touch. I would love to meet and hear from you. You can also find information and resources on our dedicated website.


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