Katherine Botterill

Lecturer in Human Geography, Edinburgh Napier University

I am a Lecturer in Human Geography at Edinburgh Napier University and Associate Fellow in the School of Geography, Politics and Sociology at Newcastle University where I am developing two key areas of research:

1.Social geographies of mobility and migration.

I am interested in interrogating the relationship between mobility and inequality, drawing attention to how particular forms of mobility reproduce social differentiation. My doctoral thesis critically engaged with theories of 'new' mobility (Shellar and Urry, 2006) through empirical research with young Polish migrants in Edinburgh and Kraków. I explored the spatial and social mobility of young Polish migrants to demonstrate the contingent histories, practices and representations of mobility in post-socialist and post-accession contexts.

Using a different lens, my recent postdoctoral work with Professor Karen O'Reilly (Loughborough), Professor Rob Stones (University of Western Sydney) and Dr Maggie Lee (Hong Kong University) concerned 'Lifestyle Migration in East Asia'. This ESRC-funded project explored the experiences and representations of mobility among ‘privileged’ migrants in three East Asian states (Thailand, Malaysia and China).


Both of these projects demonstrate an ongoing interest in analysing the relations of mobility, how normative structures constrain or facilitate different mobile practices, and the way in which dominant discourses/narratives fabricate mobility possibilities.

2.Everyday geopolitics.
This area is concerned with exploring how geopolitics is enacted and negotiated in everyday life, with particular focus on forms of everyday (in)security. My current research with Professor Peter Hopkins (Newcastle), Dr Gurchathen Sanghera (St Andrews) and Dr Rowena Arshad (Edinburgh) interrogates 'Young People's Everyday Geopolitics in Scotland: Faith, Ethnicity and Place' (AHRC: 2013-16). This project seeks to understand how international, national and local politics shapes the everyday experiences of young ethnic and religious minority people in Scotland, paying particular attention to the shaping of personal, family and community life.



  • –present
    Lecturer in Human Geography, Edinburgh Napier University