Dr Sergei Shubin
Associate Professor
Telephone: (01792) 295975
Room: Academic Office - 211
Second Floor
Wallace Building
Singleton Campus

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. & Labour market and social integration of Eastern European migrants in Scotland and Portugal. Environment and Planning A: Economy and Space 50(6), 1250-1268.
  2. & How Are University Gyms Used by Staff and Students? A Mixed-Method Study Exploring Gym Use, Motivation, and Communication in Three UK Gyms. Societies 8(15), 1-16.
  3. & Life between the city and the countryside (drawing on field research in Tver region). Moscow State University Bulletin: Series 5 - Geography 6, 92-95.
  4. & The temporal complexity of international student mobilities. In Timespace and international migration. London: Edward Elgar.
  5. Critical Perspectives on Histories of ‘Madness’ and Migration. In Harper, M. (Ed.), Migration and Mental Health - Past and Present.

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  • GEG118 Moving Worlds: Mobilities and Migrations

    This module is an overview of the two key elements producing moving geographies: mobilities and migrations. It builds an understanding of mobility and migration as relational phenomena, which involve how we form relations with others and make sense of the changing and globalising world. This module introduces moving geographies and focuses on conceptions and debates surrounding notions of space, movement and power. It considers different meanings attached to dislocation and travel, practices helping mobile people to establish links between times and places, diversity of migration experiences and the divisions they produce, and the ways of governing mobilities and migrations. The module is divided into three sections: i) mobility as a common but differentiate experience; ii) migration as a social, economic and politicised phenomenon; and iii) the implications of movement for identity, self and belonging.

  • GEG252V Geographical Fieldwork skills: Vancouver

    The module is concerned with identifying and defining geographical questions within the Vancouver and southern British Columbia context and applying relevant geographical skills, knowledge and techniques to these questions. The general aims are to observe, analyse and achieve an understanding of the varied geographical landscape and inherent features of Vancouver and southern British Columbia. Students taking this module will gain experience in research design, methodologies, data analysis and presentation methods, including seminars, posters and reports. Students taking this field course focus on either the physical or human geography on the region and conduct project work appropriate to their specialism. The module comprises preparatory lectures in Swansea during teaching block 2 and a two-week field course, which typically runs in the last week of teaching block 2 into the first week of the Easter vacation.

  • 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.

  • 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.)

  • GEGM15 Qualitative Research Methods

    This module provides an introduction to the main data-sources and analysis methods used in qualitative research. In addition to covering the key conceptual and epistemological issues associated with qualitative research design, the module provides an introduction to a range of qualitative techniques used in social science research including questionnaire design, interviewing, observational methods, visual methodologies and textual analysis. Issues associated with combining a mixture of qualitative methods are also considered. The strengths and limitations of various techniques are explored with particular emphasis on issues of reliability, validity and representativeness.


  • Belonging and home-making in Wales: experiences of young Asian migrants in Swansea (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Dr Martina Tazzioli
  • Labour migration from Rukum, Nepal and its impact on sustainable community development in Jhumlawang and Kyangsi villages (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Dr Keith Halfacree
  • Walking Wales: experience, sense of place and negotiating identity whilst walking the Wales Coast Path (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Prof David / Dave Clarke
  • Stakeholder analysis techniques utilised to elucidate socio-political barriers to mining exploration in South Eastern Europe (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Prof Marcus Doel
  • An Investigation of Quality of Urban Life (QoUL) - A Case Study: The City of Medina, Saudi Arabia (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Dr Richard Smith
  • Emotional experiences of and Reactions to Night-time Interventions in Cities in the Example of Swansea Police«br /»«br /»«br /»«br /»«br /»«br /»«br /» (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Dr Matthew Roach
  • Delivering safe and nutritious tilapia to low income Countries (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Prof Sofia Consuegra Del Olmo
    Other supervisor: Dr Tamsyn Uren Webster
    Other supervisor: Prof Carlos Garcia De Leaniz

Career History

Start Date End Date Position Held Location
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

  • 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

  • Migration, Boundaries and Identities

    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.


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

Student name: Christina Noble
External supervisor