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Department of Geography

Staff Profile

Dr Christopher Harker

Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 43506
Fax: +44 (0) 191 33 41801
Room number: 227

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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.

If you would like to find out more about this project, please check out my research blog. Details of a 'debt summt' I organised in Ramallah in 2015 can be found here.

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.

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Selected Grants

  • 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)