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Dr Diana Beljaars

Dr Diana Beljaars

ESRC Post Doctoral Research Fellow, Geography
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Dr Diana Beljaars is an ESRC-funded Postdoctoral Fellow in human geography at the Geography Department, which she joined as a Lecturer in 2018. Prior to her lectureship, she obtained a doctoral degree with the project “Geographies of Compulsive Interactions; Bodies, Objects, Spaces” at the School of Geography and Planning, Cardiff University, Wales. Before moving to the UK, she graduated from a research master’s in human geography and planning at Utrecht University, the Netherlands (2009–2012), and her BSc. in landscape architecture and spatial planning at Wageningen University, the Netherlands.

Areas Of Expertise

  • High Speed Aerodynamics
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • Data Analysis
  • Cultural geography
  • Disability and health geography
  • Compulsion
  • Performativity, practices, and embodiment
  • The life scientific study of Tourette syndrome

Career Highlights


Diana’s work focuses on the concept and lived experience of compulsion, as well as its problematisation, pathologisation, and medicalisation in Western societies. Furthermore, her work entails vitalist approaches to health and care, and eye-tracking technology as research methodology and urban surveillance technique.

She most notably draws on nonrepresentational theory in cultural geography, (post)phenomenological and posthumanist approaches in health, disability and health geography, as well as on the medical humanities, and the work of Lingis, Manning, Grosz, Bennett, Deleuze, Guattari, Bergson, and Canguilhem.

Award Highlights

Winner 2018 Todd Reynolds Student Competition, Disability Specialty Group, Association of American Geographers

Best PhD Representative in the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at the Enriching Student Life Awards (ESLAs) 2016, run by the Cardiff University Student’s Union (shortlisted as the only PhD student for Best Student Representative of the Year)


External Advisor for PhD candidate Jo Bervoets, Department of Philosophy, Antwerp University on his project “Tourette Syndrome and Dynamic Moral Responsibility: a healthier look at Tourette’s?” funded as part of the ERC project ‘NeuroEpigenEthics’