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Marijn Nieuwenhuis

I have lived, studied and worked for long periods of time in different cities across China and Europe. I submitted my PhD dissertation, entitled: ' Producing China: The Politics of Space in the Making of Modern China', in September 2013, and successfully completed my viva voce in December 2013. My trans-disciplinary research is at the intersection of Geography and International Relations. My current research focuses on the 'politics of the air' and deals with questions of technology, pollution, security, territory and governance. The research I work on is primarily, but not exclusively, focused on discussing these themes in the Chinese context. I blog at Elemental Geography, but you can also find me on academia.adu and on Twitter.

I currently teach a third-year Political Geography module which I designed myself. I am this year also the Module Director and Convenor for World Politics (PO131) and East Asian Transformations: A Political Economy Perspective (PO384). No prior email appointment is necessary to see me during my Feedback and Advice hours. Dissertation students would instead do well to contact me in advance by email.

Research Interests

  • Elemental Geography (sand, water, air, mud, dust, wind, holes, winds & storms, breathing)
  • I am currently working together with artists and academics on a project on holes
  • Continental and Ecological Theory (especially old and new phenomenologies)
  • China (From Qing to Mao, from Hua to today)

Academic Publications


  • Nieuwenhuis, M. & D. Crouch (eds.) (2017) The Question of Space: Interrogating the Spatial Turn between Disciplines. Oxford: Rowman & Littlefield.


  • Nieuwenhuis, M. and Nassar, A. (2017) 'Dust: Perfect Circularity,' Cultural Geographies in Practice. Online first.
  • Nieuwenhuis, M. (2017) ‘Atmospheric Governance: Gassing as Law for the Protection and Killing of Life,’ Environment and Planning D: Society and Space. Online first.
  • Nieuwenhuis, M. (2016) ‘The Governing of the Air: A Case Study of the Chinese Experience,’ Borderlands 1 (15), pp 1-23.
  • Nieuwenhuis, M. (2016) ‘Breathing materiality: aerial violence at a time of atmospheric politics,' Critical Studies on Terrorism 9 (3), pp. 499-521.
  • Nieuwenhuis, M. (2016) 'Introduction: atmospheric politics and state governance,' Critical Studies on Terrorism 9 (3), pp. 478-481.
  • Nieuwenhuis, M. (2016) ‘The emergence of materialism in geography: Belonging and being, space and place, sea and land,’ Social Science Information 55 (3), pp. 300-320.
  • Nieuwenhuis, M. (2015) 'Knowing the Weather: Heavens and Supercomputers in China', Scapegoat: Architecture, Landscape, Political Economy 8, pp. 132-143.
  • Nieuwenhuis, M. (2015) 'On one breath all depend,' Journal of Narrative Studies 2 (1), pp. 167-179.
  • Nieuwenhuis, M. (2015) ‘Atemwende, or how to breathe differently’, Dialogues in Human Geography 5, pp. 90-94.
  • Nieuwenhuis, M. (2014) ‘What Constitutes Space? New Conceptualisations of Space in the Work of Peter Sloterdijk and Graham Harman,’ Continent 4 (1), pp. 16-37.
  • Nieuwenhuis, M. (2014) ‘Review Essay: Spatiality, Sovereignty and Carl Schmitt: Geographies of the Nomos,’ Historical Materialism 22(2), pp. 257-287.


  • Nieuwenhuis, M. (2018) "A grain of sand against a world of territory: experiences of sand and sandscapes in China," in Steinberg, P. Peters, K. and E. Stratford (eds.) Terra beyond Territory. London: Rowman & Littlefield.
  • Nieuwenhuis, M. (2018) ‘The Politics of Breathing: Knowledge on Air and Respiration,’ in Škof, L. & P. Berndtson (eds.) Atmospheres of breathing: the respiratory questions of philosophy. New York: SUNY Press.
  • Nieuwenhuis, M. (2017) ‘The Invisible Lines of Territory: An Investigation into the Makeup of Territory,’ in Nieuwenhuis, M. & D. Crouch (eds.) The Question of Space: Post-Disciplinary Interventions on the Spatial Turn. Oxford: Rowman and Littlefield.
  • Nieuwenhuis, M. (2016) ‘Imagining the Indo-Pacific Region’ in Chacko, P. (ed.) New Regional Geopolitics in the Indo-Pacific. London: Routledge.
  • Nieuwenhuis, M. (2015) 'Taking Space: The Politics of Breathing’ in Aridi , J. and J. Glendennan (eds.), Taking up Space. London: Pavement Books.
  • Nieuwenhuis, M. (2010) ‘Tracing the Politics of Space in One City, Nine Towns’ in Den Hartog, H. (ed.) Shanghai New Towns. Rotterdam: 010 Publishers.

Working Papers

  • Nieuwenhuis, M. (2012) ‘Producing Space, Producing China: A Critical Intervention’. CSGR Working Paper 276/12. Coventry: University of Warwick.

In Preparation

  • Nieuwenhuis, M. and Strausz, E. (in preparation) ‘Dome Thinking: Reflections on what it means to live ‘under the dome’’.
  • Nieuwenhuis, M. (under review) ‘Storming Sand: The Geopolitics of Storms,’ in Jacob, F. (ed.), Handbook of Desert Studies. Palgrave.
  • Nieuwenhuis, M. (under review) ‘Ephemeral Language: Communicating by Breath,’ in Shine, C. S. Strausz, A. Selmeczi (eds.). Critical Methods in Studying World Politics: Creativity and Transformation. Routledge.’.

Selected Public Contributions & Shorter Publications

Book reviews

Graham, S. (2016) Vertical: The City from Satellites to Bunkers. London: Verso. Reviewed for Urban Geography Research Group. Available from:


Teaching Experience

  • Political Geography (UG) (PO385), University of Warwick (2013 - present)
  • World Politics (UG) (PO131), University of Warwick (2016 - present)
  • East Asian Transformations: A Political Economy Perspective (UG) (PO384), University of Warwick (2016 - present)
  • International politics of East Asia (PG) (15PPOC251), SOAS, University of London (2012 - 2013)
  • Introduction to Politics (UG) (PO107) at University of Warwick (2010 - 2013)
  • Teaching experience in China (UG), Shanghai University (2008-2009) and Wuxi (2006-2007)

Student Supervision

  • I welcome creative and original BA and MA dissertation projects broadly related to questions of space, place, time and continental and postcolonial thought. I also supervise MA projects related to East Asian IR, and have a personal research interest in cryptocurrencies and bitcoin. Please get in touch if you want to work on a project related to any of these subjects.
  • To give you an idea, I have previously supervised dissertations and URSS projects on the Islamic Political Geography of ISIS, the Geopolitics of refugee clothing, the politics of architecture in Palestine, the Political Geography of refugee centres in Britain, the implications of the 'Snowden Revelations' for the study of geopolitics, a project on Heterotopias in Romania, among numerous autobiographical and other creative projects.


SKY interview

Marijn Nieuwenhuis

Teaching Fellow World Politics

m dot nieuwenhuis at warwick dot ac dot uk

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