I am an Associate Professor in Human Geography and the Geohumanities at Swansea University. My research focuses on the intersections between geography and the performing arts (especially theatre and dance), though like most geographers working in a creative field, my interests extend into other domains, including the visual and literary arts. 

I am one of the Reviews Editors for cultural geographies and in 2017 was awarded the Dillwyn Medal by the Learned Society of Wales for the Creative Arts and Humanities. I sit on the board of Papertrail Theatre Company in Cardiff and recently collaborated with Bridget Keehan on a soundscape entitled ‘Our Place’ through a Leverhulme Trust Artist-in-Residence grant. My main research focuses on dance in contemporary Cambodia regarding the legacies of war and genocide.  I am researching the first Cambodian dance tour to the West after the Khmer Rouge (1975-1979) and Vietnamese occupation (1979-1989) which was in 1990 to the UK. This research is being funded through a British Academy-Leverhulme Trust small grant. I was also recently awarded a Leverhulme Trust Research Fellowship (which I will begin in February 2019 for just over a year) to conduct more research and complete a monograph on dance in post-conflict Cambodia. Elswhere, I am working on an interdisciplinary project funded by the Welsh Crucible on the re-construction of marine environments through literary and scientific sources, and collaborating with Dr Steph Januchowski-Hartley in Biosciences on poetry as an ‘art-sci method.’ I blog about my work here.

I specialise in researching British East Asian, Asian American and South East Asian theatres – but at present am especially concerned with the relationship between theatre/dance, war and geopolitics. In previous research I documented how refugee Lao Americans created theatre that dealt with the consequences of an often forgotten/denied episode of the Vietnam War: the ‘Secret War’ against Laos. More recently, I have been developing this work in relation to the Cambodian civil war and the resulting Khmer Rouge genocide. Here, my research is concerned with how national identities are recovered, reworked and embodied in performance, how war and traumatic events can be represented on stage – particularly in ways that attend to their affective ambiguity, and the politics surrounding this process. This is important in contexts where the neoliberal state is open to transnational forces that promote creative experimentation, resulting in performances that potentially conflict with the agendas and ideologies of authoritarian regimes. I am also beginning to investigate how we might view artists as geopolitical agents – from Cold War defectors, to cultural intermediaries that facilitate inter-state and inter-ideological relations.

Areas of Expertise

  • The geographies of the performing arts
  • Space, place and performance
  • The GeoHumanities
  • Identity and multiculturalism
  • Transnational cultures
  • Politics and performance


  1. Rogers, A. Contemporary Cambodian Dance and Sites of National Culture: Chumvan Sodhachivy’s YouTube Page (Ed.), Kong, L and De Dios, A (eds) Geographies of Creativity Edward Elgar
  2. Rogers, A. Advancing the geographies of the performing arts Progress in Human Geography 42 549 568
  3. Rogers, A. British Chinese Performance in Minor Transnational Perspective (Ed.), Contesting British Chinese Cultures 241 260 Palgrave Macmillan
  4. Rogers, A. Material migrations of performance Area
  5. Rogers, A. Box on ‘Post-conflict tensions in contemporary Cambodian dance.’ (Ed.), Creativity (Key Ideas in Geography) 290 293 Abingdon and New York Routledge

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  • GEG263A Conducting Social Research - Methods

    The module covers research project design and data collection methods. Students are introduced to the availability of different data sources and to the predominant research methods in human geography and the social sciences, including questionnaire surveys, secondary data sources, focus groups, interviews, participant observation and ethnography, and visual and textual methodologies.

  • GEG331 Dissertation Report: Geography

    The dissertation is an original, substantive and independent research project in an aspect of Geography. It is typically based on approximately 20 - 25 days of primary research and several weeks of analysis and write-up. The end result must be less than 10,000 words of text. The dissertation offers you the chance to follow your personal interests and to demonstrate your capabilities as a Geographer. During the course of your dissertation you will be supported by a student-led discussion group and a staff supervisor, and you will also provide constructive criticism to fellow students undertaking related research projects, learning from their research problems and subsequent solutions. This support and supervision is delivered through the 'Dissertation Support' module, which is a co-requisite.

  • GEG332 Dissertation Support: Geography

    This module provides structured, student-led peer-group support and academic staff group supervision for students undertaking the 30-credit 'Dissertation Report: Geography' module. This support and supervision is assessed through the submission of a PowerPoint Poster in TB1 and the submission in TB2 of an individually composed, critical and reflective log of the 5 dissertation peer-group meetings and the 4 group supervisory meetings (with a verified record of attendance at meetings). Working within a supervised Student Peer Group, you will also have the opportunity to provide constructive criticism to fellow students undertaking related research projects, learning from their research problems and subsequent solutions. This module complements the 'Dissertation Report: Geography' module, which is a co-requisite.


  • Everyday Experiences of Statelessness in the UK (current)

    Other supervisor: Dr Christopher Muellerleile
    Other supervisor: Dr Angharad Closs Stephens
  • Urban Art-practice and Cultural Flowerings: Case studies of Ideas, People, Places (current)

    Other supervisor: Prof David / Dave Clarke
  • Relations, Viewpoints, Knowledge and Boundaries in the Multicultural City: A Study of London and Seoul (awarded 2019)

    Other supervisor: Prof David / Dave Clarke
  • Product vs Process (awarded 2018)

    Other supervisor: Prof David Britton
  • From the margins to the mainstream: imagining socioecological futures in Wales (awarded 2018)

    Other supervisor: Prof David / Dave Clarke

Career History

Start Date End Date Position Held Location
2012 Present Lecturer in Human Geography Swansea University
2009 2012 British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow Royal Holloway University
2008 2009 ESRC Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Geography Royal Holloway University
2004 2008 Ph.D. Geographies of Identity and Performance Royal Holloway University
2002 2003 MA Cultural Geography (Distinction) Royal Holloway University
1999 2002 BA Geography University of Cambridge
March 2018 Present Associate Professor in Human Geography and the Geohumanities Swansea University

Key Grants and Projects

  • Dance in Contemporary Cambodia: Nation, geopolitics, identity 2019 - 2020

    , £54,998

  • Geopolitics, Performance and the 1990 Cambodian National Dance Company Tour 2017 - 2018

    , £8,729

  • Year of the Sea: assessing changes in marine ecosystems through literature, arts and law 2017 - 2018

    , £9,862

  • Our Place 2017 - 2018

    , £13,776

  • ASEASUK-British Academy-ECAF Fellowship 'Geopolitics and Performance: The role of NGOs in contemporary Cambodian dance' 2014

    , £3,500

  • British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship ‘Geographies of Transnational Theatrical Creativity’ (PDF.2009/429) 2009 - 2012

    , £259, 953

  • Office for World Austronesian Studies, Taiwan. 2009

    , Approx. £1000

  • ESRC Postdoctoral Fellowship (PTA 026-27-1668) 2008 - 2009

    , £90,887.45

  • ESRC Doctoral research studentship 2003 - 2006