Dr Christopher Harker
Lecturer in Human Geography, Department of Geography, Durham University
Ph.D. (Geography), University of British Columbia, Canada
M.A. (Geography), University of British Columbia, Canada
B.Sc. (Hons.) in Geography, University of Bristol
Current Research and Interests
My research, which seeks to be both empirically rich and theoretically nuanced, has engaged children’s geographies, the art of Jayce Salloum, everyday performances of place in Birzeit, Palestine and the spatiality of family practices.
I am currently completing a project entitled 'Families and Cities: An Everyday Geography of Ramallah', funded by The Leverhulme Trust.
The project began as an investigation into how family relations and practices enable people to live in the Palestinian city of Ramallah. While investigating the social and economic connections between family members within and beyond Ramallah, it became clear that many residents are also borrowing money from non-familial sources, particularly banks. In the context of Palestine, bank debt is experienced as a very recent innovation. Hence indebtedness provides a useful lens through which recent political economic change and shifting social norms in the Occupied West Bank can be brought into focus, while offering broader theoretical geographical insights for current debates around debt.
My future research seeks to develop a broader account of the spatiality of debt through comparative research. As part of this process, I have recently launched the Financing Prosperity Network, in collaboration with the Institute for Global Prosperity at UCL. For further details, and to join the network, please click here.
- Culture-Economy-Life (CEL)
- IBRU: Centre for Borders Research
- Politics - State - Space (PSS)
- Urban Worlds
- Harker, C. Debt space: topologies, ecologies and Ramallah, Palestine. Environment and Planning D: Society & Space. 2017.
- Harker, C., Shebeitah, R. & Sayyad, D. Ghosts of Jerusalem: Ramallah’s Haunted Landscapes. Jerusalem Quarterly. 2014;58:7-12.
- Harker, C The ambiguities of cohabitation. Area. 2014;46:355-356.
- Harker, C. The only way is up? Ordinary topologies of Ramallah. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research. 2014;38:318-335.
- Harker, C. & Martin, L. Guest Editorial. Familial relations: spaces, subjects, and politics. Environment and Planning A. 2012;44:768 – 775.
- Harker, C. Precariousness, precarity and family: notes from Palestine. Environment and Planning A. 2012;44:849-865.
- Harker, C. Geopolitics and family in Palestine. Geoforum. 2011;42:306-315.
- Harker, C. New Geographies of Palestine/Palestinians. The Arab World Geographer. 2010;13:199-216.
- Harker, C. On (not) forgetting families: family spaces and spacings in Birzeit, Palestine. Environment and Planning A. 2010;42:2624–2639.
- Harker, C. Spacing Palestine through the home. Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers. 2009;34:320-332.
- Harker, C. Student Im/mobility in Birzeit, Palestine. Mobilities. 2009;4:11-35.
- Harker, C. A Close and Unbreachable distance: Witnessing Everything and Nothing. ACME - An International E-Journal for Critical Geographies. 2007;6:51-72.
- Harker, C. Playing and Affective Time-Spaces. Children's Geographies. 2005;3:47-62.
Chapter in book
- Harker, C. Governing majorities in the Arab World: urban life beyond neoliberalism. In: Khirfan, L. Order and Disorder: Urban Governance and the making of Middle Eastern Cities. McGill-Queen's University Press; 2017:41-69.
- Harker, C. Informal Sector. In: Richardson, D., Castree, N., Goodchild, M., Kobayashi, A., Liu, W. & Marston, R. The International Encyclopedia of Geography: People, the Earth, Environment and Technology. John Wiley & Sons; 2017.
- Harker, C. Researching Spaces of Violence Through Family. In: Harker, C., Hörschelmann, K. & Skelton, T. Conflict, Violence and Peace. Springer; 2016:1-16.
- Harker, C., Hörschelmann, K. & Skelton, T. Conflict, Violence and Peace. Springer; 2017.
- Harker, C Book Review Symposium - Geraldine Pratt’s ‘Families Apart: Migrant Mothers and the Conflicts of Labor and Love’. Antipode: A Radical Journal of Geography, 2013.
- Harker, C. & Martin, L. Theme issue: Familial relations: spaces, subjects, and politics. Environment and Planning A, 44 (4): Pion; 2012.
Other (Digital/Visual Media)
- Harker, C. Debt and Obligation in Contemporary Ramallah. Jadaliyya. 2014.
- Harker, C. How useful is neoliberalism for understanding cities in the Middle East?. Bulletin of the Council for British Research in the Levant. 2012;7:80-82.
- Harker, C. Moving on Up: New Geographies of Apartment Dwelling in Ramallah, Palestine (in: The Origins, Development and Practice of Economic and Social Strategies in the Middle East from Earliest Times to the Modern Day). Bulletin of the Council for British Research in the Levant. 2011;6:50-51.
- 2015: IAA - Ramallah Debt Summit, ESRC, £4824.11
- 2012: The City and the Family: An everyday Geography of Ramallah (£86720.00 from The Leverhulme Trust)
- 2012: Urban life beyond neoliberalism in Amman (£3000.00 from CBRL)
- 2010: Moving on up: new geographies of apartment dwelling in Ramallah, Palestine (£4900.00 from CBRL)