Departmental Research Projects
Professor Nicky Gregson
I returned to Durham University's Geography Department in October 2011, having left it in 1983. My previous appointments have been at Exeter (1983-84), Newcastle-upon-Tyne (1984-1990), and Sheffield (1990-2011).
I am currently the Department's Director of Research and I am on the module teaching teams for Introduction to Geographical Research (GEO1222) and Social and Cultural Geographies (GEO2561).
Once upon a time I was a historical geographer. So, I used to work in archives. My PhD research was on the transition to agrarian capitalism in North-west England. If you dig around hard enough in the archives of Economic History Review, you will find an article on that. For reasons to do with needing a job, in 1986 I reinvented myself as an interdisciplinary social scientist, working on the interface between human geography and sociology. My first contemporary social science project was on waged domestic labour. It appears as the book Servicing the Middle Classes (Routledge, 1994). My main current research interests are in the fields of consumption and disposal, 'recycling' and waste economies, and science in practice. The approaches that I take to those fields can be identified with traditions of work in material culture studies, cultural economy and STS and they typically involve working ethnographically.
Prospective postgraduates and post-docs: please drop me an email, together with a short synopsis of your interests and proposed area of study.
Anyone else wanting to know any more or to get in touch with me at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
I am interested in supervising research students in any of the below research fields.
- Sarah Rich (NE DTC, Newcastle)
- Judith Bush
- Louisa Cadman
- Rachel Colls
- Rebecca Ellis
- Helen Holmes
- Anna Krzywoszynska
- Tracey Skelton
- Tina Skinner
- Joby Williams
- Gregson, N. Living with Things: ridding, accommodation, dwelling. Sean Kingston Publishing; 2007.
- Gregson, N. & Crewe, L. Second-hand cultures. Berg; 2003.
Chapter in book
- Gregson, N Asbestos. In: Salter, M Making Things International 2: Catalysts and Reactions. University of Minnesota Press; 2016.
- Gregson, N. & Crang, M. Waste, Resource Recovery and Labour: Recycling Economies in the EU. In: Michie, J. & Cooper, C. Why the Social Sciences Matter. Palgrave Macmillan; 2015:60-76.
- Alexander, C., Gregson, N. & Gille, Z. Food waste. In: Murcott, A., Belasco, W. & Jackson, P. The Handbook of Food Research. Bloomsbury; 2013:471-485.
- Gregson, N. & Crang, M. Made in China and the new world of secondary resource recovery. Environment and Planning A. 2019;51:1031-1040.
- Holmes, Helen, Gregson, Nicky, Watson, Matt, Buckley, Alastair, Chiles, Prue, Krzywoszynska, Anna & Maywin, Jose Interdisciplinarity in Transdisciplinary Projects: Circulating Knowledges, Practices and Effects. disP - The Planning Review. 2018;54:77-93.
- Gregson, Nicky Mobilities, mobile work and habitation: truck drivers and the crisis in occupational auto-mobility in the UK. Mobilities. 2018;13:291-307.
- Gregson, N., Crang, M.A. & Antonopoulos, C. Holding together logistical worlds: friction, seams and circulation in the emerging ‘global warehouse’. Environment & Planning D: Society and Space. 2017;35:381-398.
- Gregson, N. Logistics at work: trucks, containers and the friction of circulation in the UK. Mobilities. 2017;12:343-364
- Gregson, N., Crang, M., Botticello, J., Calestani, M. & Krzywoszynska, A. Doing the ‘Dirty Work’ of the Green Economy: resource recovery and migrant labour in the EU. European Urban and Regional Studies. 2016;23:541-555.
- Gregson, N. & Crang, M.A. From Waste to Resource: The Trade in Wastes and Global Recycling Economies. Annual Review of Environment and Resources. 2015;40:151-176.
- Gregson, N., Crang, M., Fuller, S. & Holmes, H. Interrogating the Circular Economy: the Moral Economy of Resource Recovery in the EU. Economy and Society. 2015;44:218-243.
- Gregson, N. & Ferdous, R. Making space for ethical consumption in the South. Geoforum. 2015;67:244-255.
- Gregson, N., Crang, M., Laws, J., Fleetwood, T. & Holmes, H. Moving up the waste hierarchy: car boot sales, reuse exchange and the challenges of consumer culture to waste prevention. Resources, Conservation and Recycling. 2013;77:97-107.
- Gregson, N., Watkins, H. & Calestani, M. Political markets: recycling, economization and marketization. Economy & Society. 2013;42:1-25.
- Crang, M.A., Hughes, A., Gregson, N., Norris, L. & Ahamed, F.U. Rethinking governance and value in commodity chains through global recycling networks. Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers. 2013;38:12-24.
- Gregson, N. Projected futures: the political matter of UK higher activity radioactive waste. Environment and Planning A. 2012;44:2006-2022.
- Gregson, N., Crang, M., Ahamed, F., Akter, N., Ferdous, R., Foisal, S. & Hudson, R. Territorial agglomeration and industrial symbiosis: Sitakunda-Bhatiary, Bangladesh, as a secondary processing complex. Economic Geography. 2012;88:37-58.
- Gregson, N. Performativity, corporeality and the politics of ship disposal. Journal of Cultural Economy. 2011;4:137-156.
- Gregson, N., Crang, M. & Watkins, H. Souvenir, Salvage and the Death of Great Naval Ships. Journal of Material Culture. 2011;16:301-324.
- Gregson, N., Crang, M., Ahamed, F., Akhtar, N. & Ferdous, R. Following things of rubbish value: end-of-life ships, ‘chock-chocky’ furniture and the Bangladeshi middle class consumer. Geoforum. 2010;41:846-854.
- Gregson, N., Watkins, H. & Calestani, M. Inextinguishable fibres: demolition and the vital materialisms of asbestos. Environment and Planning A. 2010;42:1065-1083.
- Gregson, N. & Crang, M. Materiality and waste: inorganic vitality in a networked world. Environment & Planning A. 2010;42:1026-1032.
- Bærenholdt, J., Gregson, N., Everts, J., Granas, B. & Healey, R. Performing academic practice: using the master class to build postgraduate discursive competences. Journal of Geography in Higher Education. 2010;34:283-298.
- Bulkeley, H. & Gregson, N. Crossing the threshold: municipal waste policy and household waste generation. Environment and Planning A. 2009;41:929-945.
- Gregson, N. Material, literary narrative and cultural economy. Journal of Cultural Economy. 2009;2:285-300.
- Gregson, N., Metcalfe, A. & Crewe, L. Practices of object maintenance and repair: how consumers attend to consumer objects within the home. Journal of Consumer Culture. 2009;9:248-272.
- Gregson, N., Metcalfe, A. & Crewe, L. Identity, mobility and the throwaway society. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space. 2007;25:682-700.
- Gregson, N., Metcalfe, A. & Crewe, L. Moving things along: the conduits and practices of divestment in consumption. Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers. 2007;32:187-200.
- Gregson, N., Crewe, L. & Brooks, K. Discourse, displacement, and retail practice: some pointers from the charity retail project. Environment and Planning A. 2002;34:1661 - 1683.
- Gregson, N., Crewe, L. & Brooks, K. Shopping, space and practice. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space. 2002;20:597-617.
- Gregson, N. & Rose, G. Taking Butler elsewhere: performativities, spatialities and subjectivities. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space. 2000;18:433-452.
- Gregson, N., Crewe, L. & Longstaff, B. Excluded spaces of regulation: car-boot sales as an enterprise culture out of control?. Environment and Planning A. 1997;29:1717 - 1737.
- Gregson, N. & Crewe, L. The bargain, the knowledge and the spectacle: making sense of consumption in the space of the car-boot sale. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space. 1997;15:87 - 112.
- 2014: Re:heritage. Circulation and marketization of things with history (£106270.72 from Swedish Research Council)
- 2013: Illicit economies and the spaces of circulation (£196537.50 from ESRC)
- 2013: Transformative Research Funds (£50000.00 from ESRC)
- 2011: Photovoltaics for Future Societies (£298699.60 from Epsrc)
- 2012: Between waste and value: legality, materiality and models (£4951.00 from ESRC)
- 2012: Energy from Waste: Making Markets from Anaerobic (£6607.85 from Epsrc)
- 2012: Estimating baseline levels of re-use exchange activity via car boot sales (£10156.00 from DEFRA)
- 2011: Projected Futures: thinking novel and emerging technologies through real world technological networks and social practices (£20679.73 from Epsrc)