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Julie Cupples

Personal Chair of Human Geography & Cultural Studies

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Willingness to take PhD students: Yes

Research Interests

Cultural geography, development studies, media and cultural studies, Latin American studies


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, development studies and media and cultural 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 Afro-descendant media. She is the author of Latin American Development (Routledge 2013), the co-author of Communications/Media/Geographies and Shifting Nicaraguan Mediascapes: Authoritarianism and the Struggle for Social Justice (Springer 2018) 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



Administrative Roles

Head of the Institute of Geography

Member of the University of Edinburgh Latin America Executive

Research students

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 Afro-descendant 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.

Research activities & awards

  1. Afro-Latin Visibility in Focus

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

  2. ‘Producing and contesting urban marginality: Speculation, public space and social movements in the neoliberal city.’

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

  3. Gender, Place and Culture: A Journal of Feminist Geography (Journal)

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activity

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Research press coverage

  1. Tame Iti’s media journey flips notion of violence

    Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

  2. Tenure loss will hit NZ

    Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

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