This is a growing interdisciplinary field of research at UBC. Drawing on political and cultural theory as well as critical geopolitics, it traces the connections between the spaces of geopolitics and the lives of ordinary people ‘on the ground’ and so traverses the transnational, the national and the local. En route, it engages with the politics of identities and geopolitical representation, with questions of power, space and political transition, and with discourses of rights and security politics. These themes are explored mostly through qualitative and interpretive approaches. Current research topics include discourses of security, European Union external relations, war and political violence in the Middle East, an historical geography of bombing, immigration and human rights, geographies of war and environmental security.