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Dr Alan Ingram




Senior Lecturer

UCL Department of Geography, Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT, United Kingdom

Tel +44 (0)20 7679 7581

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Career history

2012-present Senior Lecturer, UCL Department of Geography

2004-2012 Lecturer, UCL Department of Geography

2002-2004 Policy Officer and manager of the UK Global Health Programme, The Nuffield Trust

1999-2001 Joint Assistant Lecturer, Department of Geography and Fellow of Sidney Sussex College, University of Cambridge

1999 Research Associate, Post-Soviet States Research Programme, University of Cambridge

1998-1999 Occasional teacher, Department of Geography, LSE

1997-1999 Associate Lecturer, Anglia Polytechnic University


1998 PhD in Geography, University of Cambridge

1996 MA in Geography, University of Cambridge

1993 BA Hons Geography, University of Cambridge


Medicine, Conflict and Survival Co-Editor (2009-2012), Member of editorial board (2012-present)

Ashgate Critical Geopolitics Book Series, Co-Editor (2009-present)

Professional associations and networks

AHRC Art and Conflict Research Network (2013-2014)

Diplomatic Cultures. AHRC Research Network. Member of Advisory Board. 2012-present

War and Media Network (2012-present)

Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers), Fellow

Association of American Geographers, Reciprocal Member

Political Geography Research Group, Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) Secretary (2008-2011), Ordinary Member



Ingram A Dodds K eds (2009) Spaces of Security and Insecurity: Geographies of the War on Terror Farnham: Ashgate



Art and geopolitics

Ingram A Forsyth I Gauld N (forthcoming) Beyond geopower: earthly and anthropic geopolitics in The Great Game by War Boutique Cultural Geographies

Ingram A (2015) Rethinking art and geopolitics through aesthetics: artist responses to the Iraq war Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers DOI: 10.1111/tran.12099

Ingram A (2013) Artists in Dodds K Kuus M Sharp J Critical Geopolitics Research Companion Farnham: Ashgate

Ingram A (2012) Art and the Iraq war: visibility, materiality and the politics of space (catalogue essay for Iraq: How, Where, for Whom: Hanaa Malallah and kennardphillipps) London: Mosaic Rooms link to exhibition page

Ingram A (2012) Bringing war home: from Baghdad, 5 March 2007 to London, 9 September 2010 Political Geography 31:2 61-63

Ingram A (2012) Experimental geopolitics: Wafaa Bilal's Domestic Tension Geographical Journal 178:2 123-133

Ingram A (2011) Making geopolitics otherwise: artistic interventions in global political space Geographical Journal 177:3 218-222

Ingram A (2010) Refamiliarizing the war on terror in Kluijver R ed Borders: Contemporary Middle Eastern Art and Discourse The Hague: Gemak 41

Ingram A (2009) Art and the geopolitical: remapping security at Green Zone/Red Zone in Ingram A Dodds K Spaces of Security and Insecurity: Geographies of the War on Terror Farnham: Ashgate 257-277

The geopolitics of global health

Ingram A (2013) Viral geopolitics: biosecurity and global health governance in Dobson A Barker K Taylor S eds Biosecurity: The Socio-Politics of Invasive Species and Infectious Diseases. London: Earthscan/Routledge.

Ingram A (2013) After the exception: HIV/AIDS beyond salvation and scarcity Antipode 45:2 436-454

Brown T Craddock S Ingram A (2012) Critical interventions in global health: governmentality, risk, assemblage Annals of the Association of American Geographers 102:5 1182-1189

Ingram A (2011) The Pentagon's HIV/AIDS programmes: governmentality, political economy, security Geopolitics 16:3 655-674

Ingram A (2010) Governmentality and security in the US President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) Geoforum 41:4 607-616

Ingram A (2010) Biosecurity and the international response to HIV/AIDS Area 42:3 293-301

Ingram A (2009) The geopolitics of disease Geography Compass 3:6 2084-2097

Ingram A (2009) The international political economy of global responses to HIV/AIDS in Kay A Williams O eds The Crisis of Global Health Governance: Challenges: Institutions and Political Economy Houndmills: Palgrave Macmillan

Ingram A (2008) Domopolitics and disease: HIV/AIDS, immigration and asylum in the UK Environment and Planning D: Society and Space 26:5 875-894

Ingram A (2008) Pandemic anxiety and global health security in Pain R Smith S eds Fear: Critical Geopolitics and Everyday Life Aldershot: Ashgate 75-85

Ingram A (2007) HIV/AIDS, security and the geopolitics of US-Nigerian relations Review of International Political Economy 14:3 510-534

Lee K Ingram A Lock K McInnes C (2007) Bridging health and foreign policy: the role of health impact assessments Bulletin of the World Health Organisation 85:3 207-2011

Coker R Ingram A (2006) Passports and pestilence: migration, security and contemporary border control of infectious diseases in Bashford A ed Medicine at the Border: Disease, Globalization and Security, 1850 to the Present London: Palgrave 159-176

Ingram A (2005) The new geopolitics of disease: between global health and global security Geopolitics 10:3 522-545

Ingram A (2005) Global leadership and global health: contending meta-narratives, divergent responses, fatal consequences International Relations 19:4 381-402

Zwi A Owen JW Ingram A (2004) Health and foreign policy: moving forward with greater focus Medical Journal of Australia 180:4 152-153

Russian nationalism and geopolitical theory

Ingram A (2001) Alexander Dugin: geopolitics and neo-fascism in post-Soviet Russia Political Geography 20:8 1029-1051. Translated into Russian by Anton Shekhovtsov as Алан Ингрэм (2011) Александр Дугин: геополитика и неофашизм в постсоветской России Форум новейшей восточноевропейской истории и культуры 2-С: 7-33

Ingram A (2001) Broadening Russia's borders? The nationalist challenge of the Congress of Russian Communities Political Geography 20:2 197-219

Ingram A (1999) 'A nation split into fragments': the Congress of Russian Communities and Russian nationalist ideology Europe-Asia Studies 51:4 687-704


I work on critical approaches to geopolitics and security. My research currently focuses on relationships between geopolitics, aesthetics and contemporary art practice, particularly in relation to the 2003 invasion and subsequent occupation of Iraq.

In 2011-2012 I held a British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship to work on this topic. You can read a blog on the project at http://www.responsestoiraq.wordpress.com and see a website for the exhibition based on my research at http://www.ucl.ac.uk/iraq-war-geographies. You can also follow me on Twitter.

Experimental geopolitics and contemporary art practice

This area of work forms the main current focus for my research and grows out of an interest in the manner in which geopolitics is encountered, negotiated and contested in everyday life and in cultural production. I am interested in the following sets of questions:

1. How are contemporary artists and curators addressing geopolitical issues? My research engages with the work of artists who have, for example, produced alternative mappings of contemporary geopolitical conflicts, conducted international border crossings as art works, and set up live art installations to explore the blurred boundaries between video games and remote control war. It also examines exhibitions that have sought to stage geopolitics, for example by simulating surveillance and security practices and imagining how the Iraq war might in future be commemorated.

2. How do artistic and curatorial practices participate in the political, cultural and material construction of space? My work examines how the techniques of painting, photomontage, installation and performance and particular curatorial strategies create spaces of representation, embodiment and experience that intersect with the constitution of public space and global political order.

3. How can we theorize the implications of these practices for geopolitics? Here my work focuses on elaborating the connections between what I term the experimental geopolitics found in contemporary art practice and efforts to develop alternative modes of geopolitical intervention, for example in peace work and other kinds of activism. I identify such connections in concerns with embodiment, with technology and in questions of visibility. I am interested in how an engagement with the experimental sensibility evident in contemporary art can provide a means to enrich and reflect critically upon alternative geopolitical practices.

4. What are the implications of artistic and curatorial interventions in geopolitics for broader public understanding and engagement in issues of war and peace? I am particularly interested in art works and interventions that involve participants and record the manner of their participation. Here my research explores how artistic interventions may elicit and prompt reflection on the complex issues surrounding contemporary conflicts. My research also considers the ways in which art may participate in broader public debates around war and peace, for example in relation to anti-war activism, the effects of violence and practices of memorialization.

The geopolitics of global health

From 2002 to 2004 I worked outside academia, managing a policy research and development programme at the Nuffield Trust exploring the emerging interface between global health, foreign policy and security. This formed the focus of my research on joining UCL in 2004. Here I have researched what is often called the securitization of global health, or the move to conceptualize and manage global health issues in terms of security. This work explores the shift towards framing and managing global health issues such as HIV/AIDS and other infectious diseases as matters of security and the implications of renewed interest among military and security agencies in global health. Drawing on governmentality and political-economic approaches, my work seeks to clarify the geopolitical stakes and dimensions of global health, arguing that these pervade contemporary global health initiatives but also work their way through the politics of national health. My recent work considers the implications of the global financial crisis for global health and the process of rationalization under way in the international response to HIV/AIDS.

Russian nationalism and geopolitical theory

My graduate and post-doctoral research examined the implications of Russian nationalism for the geopolitics of the post-Soviet states. Following the collapse of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia and amid concerns about the stability of the region, my research examined the claims, strategies and dynamics of a resurgent Russian nationalism and its relationship to post-Soviet state building. The research highlighted the radical implications of Russian nationalism and the manner in which nationalist intellectuals were drawing on classical Western theories of geopolitics, but also identified factors limiting the prospects for Russian nationalism to precipitate wider instability in the post-Soviet region.




In March 2013 I curated the exhibition Geographies of War: Iraq Revisited, which explored how artists from Iraq and Britain responded to the war by engaging with questions of space, place, landscape, home and territory. The exhibition was accompanied by artists' talks and public engagement workshops exploring different experiences of the war and responses to it, organised in collaboration with the Mosaic Rooms, Ark Artist Space and Reel Festivals and supported by a UCL Public Engagement Beacon Bursary. You can read a review of the exhibition here and of one of the workshops here. In the period surrounding tenth anniversary of the invasion I also took part in public panels discussing art and culture in relation to the war (Reel Iraq 2013).

Forthcoming public events include a panel on Threads of Light/Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here at the Mosaic Rooms and an evening of Iraqi poetry, theatre at UCL as part of the Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here Coalition.



GEOG2019 Political Geography and Geopolitics

GEOG3071 Political Geography and Geopolitics II

I also teach occasional classes on security and global health at the UCL Centre for International Health and Development and introduce students to geography on the European Social and Political Studies programme


GEOGG089 Globalisation and Security (linked to MSc Globalisation)

Power and Politics in Global Health (core module for MSc Global Health & Development)


PhD Students


Charlotte Whelan. Experimental art practices and alternative political spaces in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Funded by ESRC studentship. 2013-present.

Sinthujan Varatharajah. Suspended in this disjunction: the German asylum complex. 2013-present.


Ophélie Véron. Deconstructing the divided city: identity, power and space in Skopje. Co-supervision with Dr Ger Duijzings, SEES. PhD awarded 2015.

Sam Halvorsen. Subverting space: territorial practices and territoriality in the Occupy London movement. Funded by ESRC studentship. PhD awarded 2015.

Cinzia Polese. Negotiating power between civil society and the state: the formulation of asylum policies in Italy and the United Kingdom. Funded by ESRC studentship. PhD awarded 2013.

Nick Megoran. The Borders of Eternal Friendship? The politics and pain of nationalism and identity along the Uzbekistan-Kyrgyzstan Ferghana Valley boundary 1999-2000. Funded by ESRC studentship. PhD awarded 2002. Currently Reader in Political Geography, School of Geography, Politics and Sociology, Newcastle University.