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Niall Cunningham

Senior Lecturer in Quantitative Human Geography, Newcastle University

I am a social geographer based at Newcastle University. My work sits at the intersection of the disciplines of geography, history and sociology, with a focus on the geographies of class and race and tackling the conceptualisation, distribution and lived realities of inequalities between groups and individuals. Before coming to Newcastle in 2019 I was Assistant Professor in Human Geography at Durham University and between 2011 and 2015 I was Research Fellow in Quantitative Analyses of Social and Cultural Participation at CRESC: The ESRC Centre for Research on Socio-cultural Change at the University of Manchester. My first academic role was as Research Associate in History at Lancaster University in 2008. I am a UK state qualified secondary school teacher and taught in schools in the north of England and in Japan. I am also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.


  • –present
    Senior Lecturer in Quantitative Human Geography, Newcastle University


  • 2014 
    Lancaster University, PhD in History
  • 2007 
    University of Leeds, MSc in Geographical Information Systems
  • 2001 
    University of London, Institute of Education, PGCE in Secondary Education
  • 1998 
    University College Dublin, MA in History
  • 1997 
    University of Liverpool, BA in Irish Studies