Centre for Spatial, Environmental and Cultural Politics



Commentaries from Centre members and Centre statements.

Commentary | Remembering Andrew Jennings: reflections on the evolution of an investigative sociology of sport by Alan Tomlinson

Image by Markus Winkler on Pexels Commentary written by Alan Tomlinson, March 2022 Following the death in early January 2022 of the investigative journalist Andrew Jennings, German investigative reporter Jens Weinreich led a tremendous networking, organizational and editorial initiative, stimulating… Continue Reading →

Solidarity Statement on Russian Invasion of Ukraine

The Management Board of the Centre for Spatial, Environmental and Cultural Politics (SECP) condemns the Russian attack on the sovereign state of Ukraine. We stand in solidarity with the people affected by this crisis, with the Ukrainian people, the people… Continue Reading →

Commentary | Raphael Schlembach offers commentary on the Public Inquiry into Undercover Policing

The public inquiry into undercover policing in England and Wales was launched by the Home Office in 2015. The public inquiry investigates the police infiltration of hundreds of political campaign groups since 1968, with evidence provided by police officers and by… Continue Reading →

Commentary | Statement of solidarity with Palestine

The SECP community stands in solidarity with the people of Palestine in their struggle against the occupation of their land by the apartheid regime of Israel. We recognize the Palestinian struggle as an indigenous liberation movement confronting a settler colonial… Continue Reading →

Commentary | Time to make nature studies a compulsory school subject – before it’s too late?

Commentary | Silencing the Streets: From Covid Exceptions to Police Crackdowns

Commentary | Black Lives Matter: No more silence!

by Maureen Mguni I write because I’m sad I write because I can no longer be silent I’m choking It hurts All the pain I write, not just for George Floyd I write for every black person A story of… Continue Reading →

Commentary | In Solidarity with Black Lives Matter

by Matt C. Smith This post is by a white British PhD student aimed at other white students and staff working and studying within Higher Education. It is intended to open-up space for the uncomfortable conversations we need to have…. Continue Reading →

Commentary | In Solidarity with Resistant Citizens – Black Lives Matter 2020

Theodore Koulouris, University of Brighton The below forms part of an essay I published in 2018, whose aim was to theorise Sophocles’ Antigone, one of the most important texts in western literary tradition and intellectual history, as an example of… Continue Reading →

Commentary | Solidarity against racial injustice| We too are heartbroken

The Centre for Spatial Environmental and Cultural Politics stands in solidarity with all those protesting racial injustice following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis on 25 May, and with all black families who have lost loved ones to police… Continue Reading →

Commentary | Corona diaries | Nichola Khan

Thoughts on breathing as politics and historical transmission   This corona diary is also an asthma diary, and by extension an anxiety diary impressed with the memory of other earlier epidemics that threatened the ability to breathe. It reflects on… Continue Reading →

Commentary | Corona diaries | Daniel Burdsey

Ambulances and ASDA vans: a night on Bear Road Once more the sound of crying Is number one across the earth ‘The Sound of Crying’, Prefab Sprout, 1992 Wednesday 25 March 2020. Seven o’clock in the evening. It is 48… Continue Reading →

Commentary | Corona diaries | members’ writing on the 2020 corona pandemic

Across UOB colleagues are sharing their thoughts and personal experiences of the pandemic. We invite members to share their experiences as they are happening, their daily thoughts and responses to all aspects of Centre politics- environmental spatial cultural- as well… Continue Reading →

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