University of St Andrews


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Nina is Professor of Geography and Development. She has a BA from Newcastle University (UK), MA from McGill University (Canada) and a PhD from University College London (UK). She worked at Newcastle University from 1992 until early 2016 where she was Professor of Development and the Environment and founding Director of the Centre for Latin American Studies. She directed the Developing Areas Research Network, bringing together researchers and development practioners in North East England from 2005 until 2010. She has held visiting professor posts at the University of Otago, New Zealand, Queen’s University, Canada, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA and the graduate school at San Simón University, Bolivia. She has also directed British Council Higher Education links in Bolivia, Chile and Peru. She served on REF 2014 sub panel 17 (Geography, Archaeology and Environmental Studies).

Nina is co-author of Indigenous Development in the Andes and Geographies of New Femininities and co-editor of Working the Spaces of Neoliberalism, Género y Sexualidad Rural and Las Displiciencias de Género


  • Editor, Journal of Progress in Human Geography (from January 2017)
  • Editorial Board Member, Journal of Latin American Studies
  • Member, ESRC Peer Review College
  • Chair Developing Areas Research Group (DARG) Royal Geographical Society with the Institute of British Geographers (RGS-IBG)
  • Member, University Research Excellence Board
  • DGSD, Director of Impact (2016-17)
  • Member, DGSD Research Committee
  • Member, DGSD Diversity Committee
  • Member, DGSD Post Graduate Taught Programmes Committee


Research Interests

Nina Laurie is a critical human geographer concerned with the relationships between development, politics and culture. Her work promotes global collaborations to interrogate diverse development settings, drawing on feminist, post-structuralist and postcolonial approaches to conceptualise the relationship between development policy and identity making. She examines social movements and knowledge production including a focus on how citizenship demands are mobilised around development agendas. Most recently, she has examined how so called ‘new development actors’ (e.g. indigenous people, trafficked women, international volunteers and sports clubs) imagine and enact development in ways that generate and broker new community development knowledges.

Current projects:

  • Coastal rowing and community development in the UK
  • International Voluntary Health Networks (IVHNs), global health and development
  • Music, Mission and Identity Making in the Andes
  • Post trafficking Livelihoods and Citizenship in Nepal


Teaching Interests

Nina’s teaching interests cover: Development Geography, Feminist Geography, Political Geography, Social Geography, Development and Latin American Studies. She is also interested in inter-disciplinarity and teaching across human and physical geography. She currently teaches on the following DGSD modules:

  • GG1001: Welcome to the Anthropocene: Society, Population and Environment
  • GG1002: The Earth in Crisis?
  • SD1000: What is Sustainable Development?
  • GG2001: Geographical Processes and Change (and Berwick residential field course)
  • SG4221 Review Essay
  • SG4222 Advanced Qualitative Analysis
  • GG4298 Dissertation in Geography (Single Hons)
  • GG4297 Dissertation in Geography (Joint Hons)
  • SD4299 Dissertation in Sustainable Development
  • SD5099 MSc in Sustainable development Dissertation

She also contributes to:

  • GG3234 Migration and Transnationalism
  • GG3273 Scrutinising Segregation: Geographies of Diversity and Inequality


Postgraduate Students

  • Paula Duffy (Scottish coastal communities)
  • Steve Owen (Voluntourism in Ecuador)
  • Hebe Nicholson (Environmental migrants)
  • Dan Robbins (Brazilian migrants to London)
  • Stefan Rzedzian (Rights of nature in Ecuador) (Newcastle University)
  • Andrea Wilkinson (Fairtrade coffee in Peru) (Newcastle University)