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Joe Thorogood


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Joe Thorogood

Department of Geography
Room 214
Pearson Building,
Gower Street,University College London
London WC1E 6BT


Twitter: @Slowstudents


I'm currently in my final year as a PhD student at UCL. I graduated from UCL with distinction from the MSc in Globalisation in 2014. I studied BA Geography at the University of Exeter and graduated with honours in 2013. I am an active Post Graduate Teaching Assistant and have taught on several modules in the department including Global Geographies, Methods in Human Geography, Urban Geography, Development Geography and Cities and Modernity. I also run second year seminars for the Practice of Human Geography. I recently won a Provost's teaching award from UCL and I am currently a Student Fellow at UCL's Arena Center. Here I focus on increasing the student voice in UCL's Arena Two teaching program for new teaching staff.

I work extensively with the Royal Geographical Society (with Institute of British Geographers) and served as the postgraduate representative of the RGS-IBG Political Geographies Research Group in 2015. I'm an active RGS-IBG Geography Ambassador, have supervised an RGS-IBG fieldwork trip for A-level students and I also have mentored two students on the on the Learning and Leading Gap Scholar Scheme.

I completed an 5 month ESRC fellowship as a visiting scholar at the Kluge Center in the Library of Congress in Washington, DC in March of 2016. More information about that is available here.

From March 26th - June 27th 2017, I was on an  ESRC funded Overseas Institutional Visit at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver.


My research interests are broadly situated within the field of critical geopolitics. Specifically, I am interested in materiality (stuff, things, objects) and its role in geopolitical debates. I focus on medicine in the early-mid 20th century and how narcotic consumption and production became geopolitical at the League of Nations.

I also research how contemporary geopolitics is satirised in adult cartoons. I've published on South Park and have mapped the geopolitics of the satirical cartoon Archer (that project's work can be seen here).

I have a keen interest in critical pedagogy and widening participation in higher education. I am a Brilliant Club mentor and run the RGS-IBG 'Bridging the Gap' sessions designed to help A-level students understand the demands and skills required of academic work at university. I run a website about the speed of student life. The website draws on the Slow Movement, encouraging students to 'slow down' and stop racing through university. The website can be accessed here.




Academic Articles

Thorogood, J. (2018) Cartoon controversies and geopolitics: Archer, animators and audiences, Social and Cultural Geography, DOI: 10.1080/14649365.2018.1497190

Thorogood, J., Azuma, F., Collins, C and Plyushteva, A. (2018) 'Changemakers and change agents: encouraging students as researchers through changemakers programs'. Journal of Geography in Higher Education, p.1-17

Thorogood, J. (2018)  'Engaging students in research with ‘real-world’ outputs:
Making an impact outside of the lecture theatre' in Tong, V., Standen, A. and Sotiriou, M. (eds.) 'Shaping Higher Education with Students: Ways to Connect Research and Teaching', UCL Press.

Thorogood, J. (2016) Satire and Geopolitics: Vulgarity, Ambiguity and the Body Grotesque in South Park, Geopolitics, 21(1) (Open Access)

Blog Posts

My Huff Post piece on the Slow Movement and student working hours can be read here

A list of my unpublished dissertations and essays can be accessed at my page.

My Data Visualisations can be found here