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Alastair Bonnett

Professor of Geography, Newcastle University

Alastair Bonnett is a professor of social geography at Newcastle University and has been researching and teaching the international politics and geography of anti-racism, white identities, and racism for over thirty years. His books include: 'Radicalism, Anti-racism and Representation' (Routledge, 1993); 'White Identities: Historical and International Perspectives' (Pearson Education, 2000); 'Anti-racism' (Routledge, 2000); 'The Idea of the West: Culture, Politics and History' (London, Palgrave, 2004) (Arabic translation, 2017). His most recent book on racism is ‘Multiracism: Rethinking Racism in Global Context’ (Polity, 2022). He also writes about the politics of nostalgia and 'off the map' places, such as in 'The Geography of Nostalgia: Global and Local Perspectives on Modernity and Loss' (Routledge, 2017) and ‘Left in the Past: Radicalism and the Politics of Nostalgia’ (Continuum, 2010), Of his travel books the most is 'The Age of Islands: In Search of New and Disappearing Islands' (Atlantic, 2021). Alastair’s books have been widely translated (19 languages).


  • –present
    Professor of Geography, Newcastle University


  • 1991 
    Queen Mary College, PhD Geography