Geographies of inequality: poverty and social exclusion

• Bringing together different spaces of inequality
• Researching experiential meanings of poverty and social exclusion
• Developing new creative policy approaches to change thinking about and dealing with poverty

Moving geographies: mobilities and migrations

• Understanding multi-sensuous geographies of movement and the ways they are governed
• Researching diversity of mobile experiences (labour migrations, spiritual mobilities) and the divisions they
• Rethinking mobile subjectivities, socialities and politics of mobility

Geographies of care, relation and community

• Rethinking care for marginalised people: different ways of com-passionate being together with others
• Developing broader (excessive) understanding of ethical responsibility for people in need
• Geographies of fear and (non)relation

Areas of Expertise

  • Mobility
  • Migration
  • Inequality
  • Poverty
  • Care
  • Eastern Europe


  1. Shubin, S. Evaluating the process of cross‐European migration: beyond cultural capital Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers
  2. Shubin, S. A Canvas of Children's Lives: Stories from Assasuni, a village in Bangladesh Sergei Shubin, Illustrator Stefan Gibson(Ed.), United Kingdom Mantra Lingua
  3. Shubin, S., Sowgat, T. Contested experiences and potential justice at the limit of the law for poor urban children in Bangladesh Children's Geographies 1 13
  4. Shubin, S. L'espace-temps migratoire. Une approache Heideggérienne pour comprendre le vécu de la mobilité des Européens de l'Est vers l'Ecosse Ecarts d'Identité 131 2 60 71
  5. Dickey, H., Drinkwater, S., Shubin, S. Labour market and social integration of Eastern European migrants in Scotland and Portugal Environment and Planning A: Economy and Space 50 6 1250 1268

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  • GE-S00 Year Abroad (Geography)

    Study at a partner institution abroad.

  • GEG130 Globalisation

    This module explores the fundamental geographical concept of globalisation, introduces students to theories seeking to explain the process of globalisation, and examines the implications of globalisation for the geography of the global economy, international migration, health and well-being.

  • GEG230 Boundaries and Connections in Social Geography

    This module is an overview of the processes co-constructing space and social relations, providing different ways of understanding our contemporary world and how people live within it. The module explores the field of social geography across different geographical scales, and relationships and interdependencies existing between these scales, creating boundaries and connections. These scales and spaces include the body, the home, community, the street, city and nation. The module emphasizes the multiplicity of approaches, theories and arguments about human life in Social Geography, and the connections and interrelations which exist between different fields of geographical enquiry. This approach focuses on multiple economic, political and cultural interactions in varying contexts, defined via places, power relations and systems of organization and control. It encourages students to be open to this diversity of interpretations and living patterns, and to think critically about different issues related to the co-construction of space and society.

  • 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.

  • GEG268 Dissertation Preparation

    The module prepares students for their independent research dissertation through dissertation fairs, lectures and a series of tutorials focusing upon the formulation and construction of a research proposal. The module also includes three lectures which explore career opportunities for Geography graduates and skills to enhance graduate employability.

  • GEG329 Animating Migration Theory

    The phenomenon of international migration continues to challenge global society on the levels of international politics, law and human rights, social and population policies. As a phenomenon underpinned by fluidity and radical difference, migration always escapes simple modes of representation and reductive theorisations. Indeed, as the dramatic events of the last decade have demonstrated, migration regularly takes shape around new scenarios, follows unpredictable routes and often involves migrant lives that exceed the expectations, representations and restrictions of mainstream migration studies and policy orthodoxies. The course introduces students to the major debates surrounding contemporary migration and aims to foster a sophisticated understanding of the relationship between migration and global structures, governance, development, state, space and time.

  • 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.

  • GEG333 Geographical Research Frontiers

    This module provides students with the opportunity to demonstrate their competence as a Geographer by undertaking a critical analysis of a wide variety of literature-based sources in order to develop a cogent, substantial, and persuasive argument. While the Dissertation in Geography normally focuses on the design and execution of an evidenced-based research project that assesses the capacity of students to undertake effective data analysis and interpretation, the purpose of this module is to assess the extent to which students are capable of engaging with the academic literature at the frontier of a particular part of Geography. Students select from a wide range of research frontiers in Human and Physical Geography that have been identified by the academic staff within the Department. Given that this module emphasizes student-centred learning, none of the frontiers will have been covered in other modules, although in many cases modules will have taken students up to some of these frontiers. However, to orientate students and provide them with suitable points of departure and way-stations, there will be a brief introduction to each frontier and a short list of pivotal references disseminated via Blackboard. (Note: The topic selected by you must not overlap with the subject of your Dissertation. If there is any doubt about potential overlap, this must be discussed with your Dissertation Support Group supervisor and agreed in writing.)


  • Developing a theoretical model for conflict around social licence to operate in the mining sector, utilising examples from South Eastern Europe. (current)

    Other supervisor: Prof Marcus Doel
  • Walking Wales: exploring the experience of people who walk the Wales Coast Path (current)

    Other supervisor: Prof David / Dave Clarke
  • Belonging and home-making in Wales: experiences of young Asian migrants in Swansea (current)

    Other supervisor: Dr Keith Halfacree
  • "Following the SWP Uniform": Playing With 'Bleeding Humans' (current)

    Other supervisor: Dr Matthew Roach
  • An Investigation of Quality of Urban Life (QoUL) - A Case Study: The City of Medina, Saudi Arabia (current)

    Other supervisor: Dr Richard Smith
  • Exploring the role of cultural capital in the macro-regional integration of migrants from new Member States in France and the United Kingdom (current)

    Other supervisor: Prof Marcus Doel
  • Delivering safe and nutritious tilapia to low income Countries (current)

    Other supervisor: Prof Sofia Consuegra Del Olmo
    Other supervisor: Dr Tamsyn Uren Webster
    Other supervisor: Prof Carlos Garcia De Leaniz
  • tbc (current)

    Other supervisor: Dr Angharad Closs Stephens

Career History

Start Date End Date Position Held Location
February 2019 August 2019 Invited Professor of Research Université d'Angers, France
2015 Present present Director Centre for Migration Policy Research, Swansea University
2013 Present Associate Professor, Department of Geography Swansea University
2013 2013 Invited Researcher, University of Aukland New Zealand
2011 2013 Senior Lecturer, Department of Geography Swansea University
2011 Present Associate Director, Centre for Migration Policy Research Swansea University
2010 2010 Invited Professor of Research, Département de Géographie Université d'Angers, France
2005 2011 Lecturer, Department of Geography and Environment University of Aberdeen
2004 2005 Assistant Professor, Department of Geography University of Saskatchewan

Key Grants and Projects

  • Co-I, “Understanding the Impact of Novel Technologies, Social Media, and Perceptions on EU’s Migration Flows” 2019

    , European Commission, Horizon2020, €5 mn

  • Co-I, “Global Research Engagement Initiative” 2017

    , Global Challenges Research Fund, £1K

  • Co-I, “Poverty alleviation through prevention and future control of the two major socioeconomically-important pathogens in Asian aquaculture” 2016

    , Newton-Bhabha Fund, Research Councils UK, Department for International Development, £2.5 mn

  • PI, “Supporting sustainable ecosystems for poverty alleviation in the Amazon" 2015

    , Newton Fund, British Council, £33K

  • PI, “Evaluating the Impact and Improving Delivery of Public Services in Wales’s Night-time Economy” 2015

    , Ordnance Survey (with Dr. Matt Roach), 9K

  • Global Research Partnership in Aquaculture – poverty alleviation, Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) 2015

    , ESRC, UK Department of International Development (DFID), RCUK India, £3K

  • Experiences of Social Security and Prospects for Long Term Settlement in Scotland amongst Migrants from Central Eastern Europe and Former Soviet Union 2012

    Co-investigator, with Prof. Rebecca Kay and Dr. Moya Flynn, University of Glasgow, Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) £1.12 mn. Awarded in January 2012.

  • Walking Wales: global positioning and sense of place 2012

    Welsh DTC, with Prof. Dave Clarke, Fully funded ESRC studentship. £40K. Awarded June 2012.

  • Forest dependent poor at the agricultural frontier: the complexity of poverty and the promise of sustainable forest ecosystems in Amazonia 2010

    Funded by NERC, ESRC and DfID. , with Michelle Pinard and Antonio Ioris, University of Aberdeen, £53,000. Awarded in July 2010.

  • Rural Realities in the Post-socialist Space 2010

    Workshop funded  by the Centre for Russian, Central and East European Studies, University of Glasgow and the Institute for Rural Research, University of Aberdeen, with Rebecca Kay, University of Glasgow, £6,000. Awarded June 2010.

  • Environmental marginality and social exclusion in Scotland: a comparative analysis of two environmentally deprived areas 2010

    Funded by the Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland, with Antonio Ioris, University of Aberdeen, £4,500. Awarded January 2010.

  • Employment mobility and integration of Eastern European migrants in Scotland and Portugal 2010

    Funded by the British Council, with Dennis Zuev, ISCTE-IUL, Portugal., £1,500. Awarded in January 2010.

  • Integration of East-European and Euro-Mediterranean Migrants in France and Scotland (IEEM) 2009

    Funded by the British Council and French Ministry of Foreign Affairs., with Lionel Guillemot, University of Angers, France., £5,000. Awarded December 2009

  • Integration of young East European migrants in France and Scotland 2008

    Funded by the British Council and French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, with Lionel Guillemot, University of Angers, France, £4,500. Awarded December 2008.

  • Mobility and participation in Scottish society 2007

    Funded by the Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland., £2,000. Awarded September 2007.

Research Groups

  • Centre for Migration Policy Research

    The research undertaken within this group focuses on the social and political construction of place, nationalism and nationhood, on relationships between international migration, globalisation and the conceptualisation of place, and on geographies of exclusion, particularly as these relate to issues of race, gender and childhood.

Awards And Prizes

Date Description
2019 Cover page of Momentum magazine, Swansea University’s Research showcase
2018 Winner, Research and Innovation Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Arts, Culture and Society, Swansea City Council, £1K
2018 Winner (with Dr. Tanjil Sowgat), Research As Art, Award for Interpretation, BBC/Swansea University
2016 Runner-up (with Claire Needler), Research and Innovation (Impact) Awards 2016, for Outstanding Contribution to Public Engagement
2010 Shortlisted for the Excellence in Teaching Award, Centre for Learning and Teaching, University of Aberdeen

External Responsibilities

  • Treasurer, Population Geography Research Group,, Royal Geographical Society (with the IBG)

    2018 - Present

  • Member, Global Research Partnership in Aquaculture (Poverty Alleviation)

    2016 - Present

  • Member, Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation (ESPA)

    2010 - Present


Changing Irish diaspora: belonging, return migration and integration in Ireland

Student name: Christina Noble
External supervisor