Fiona McConnell

Fiona
McConnell
BA Camb, MA, PhD QMUL
Fellow and Tutor in Geography
Associate Professor in Human Geography

Teaching

At College I tutor all aspects of Human Geography for the undergraduate course and within the School of Geography and the Environment I convene and teach an optional final honours school course on ‘Geopolitics in the margins’.

About me

I joined St. Catherine’s and the School of Geography and the Environment in December 2013. Prior to this I was a lecturer in human geography at Newcastle University and I have also held a Junior Research fellowship at Trinity College, Cambridge (2011-2013) and an ESRC postdoctoral fellowship at Newcastle University (2010-2011). I completed my undergraduate in Geography at the University of Cambridge (Fitzwilliam College) and my MA and PhD at Queen Mary, University of London.

Research

My research is mainly in the field of political geography and aims to develop new areas of thinking regarding governance beyond the state and different modes of political legitimacy. In particular, I am interested in how communities officially excluded from formal state politics are nevertheless engaging with aspects of statecraft, and in using such seemingly anomalous cases as a lens to critically examine the 'norms' of governance. A significant part of my research to date has focused on the political structures and practices of the Tibetan Government-in-Exile based in India. I have ongoing research projects on cultures of diplomacy, social and labour mobility in India's post-liberal economy, geographies of peace, and constructions and contestations of political legitimacy.