Julie Cupples


Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

I welcome requests for PhD supervision but I have little capacity to take on many PhD students and I get many requests. I am therefore only able to supervise PhD students that meet at least one (or ideally more than one) of the following criteria:

Drawing on a cultural studies, feminist or decolonial theoretical orientation

Involving work on Indigenous and Afrodescendant activism, especially that involving film or media

Involving work on the new media environment (media convergence, mediation of disaster or conflict, role of television in the new media environment, popular geopolitics)

Involving work in Latin America (especially Central America, Mexico and Colombia) or in Aotearoa New Zealand.

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Research Interests

Cultural geography, media and cultural studies, Latin American studies, decolonial theory


BA First Class Honours, University of Bradford

MA with distinction, Newcastle University

PhD, University of Canterbury


Julie Cupples is a Professor of Human Geography and Cultural Studies. Her work spans cultural geography, media and cultural studies, and Latin American studies. She has been working in Nicaragua and other parts of Latin America since 1990 and has published on questions of development/postdevelopment, gender and sexuality, disasters and environmental risk, elections, municipal governance, neoiiberalism and Indigenous and Afrodescendant media. She is the author of Latin American Development (Routledge 2013) and Development and Decolonization in Latin America (Routledge 2022), the co-author of Communications/Media/Geographies and Shifting Nicaraguan Mediascapes: Authoritarianism and the Struggle for Social Justice (Springer 2018); and the co-editor of Mediated Geographies and Geographies of Media (Springer 2015), Unsettling Eurocentrism in the Westernized University (Routledge 2018), The Routledge Handbook of Latin American Development (Routledge 2019) and Producing and Contesting Urban Marginality (Rowman and Littlefield 2019). 


Fieldwork Foundations: Cape Town

Development and Decolonization in Latin America

Researching with Media



Administrative Roles

Member of the University of Edinburgh Latin America Executive


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