Department of Geography


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Dr Diana Martin

  • Qualifications: Laurea degree in Oriental Languages and Cultures; MA in Cultural Geography (Research); PhD in Human Geography
  • Role Title: Lecturer
  • Address: Buckingham Building, Lion Terrace, Portsmouth, PO1 3HE
  • Telephone: 023 9284 6489
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  • Department: Geography
  • Faculty: Faculty of Science


I graduated from Ca’ Foscari University of Venice (Italy) in 2005 with a Laurea degree in Oriental Languages and Cultures where my major was Arabic language and Middle Eastern studies. I then obtained a MA in Cultural Geography in 2007 from the Royal Holloway University of London and a PhD in Human Geography in 2012 from Durham University where I investigated geographies of exception and exclusion as materialised in the status and spaces of Palestinian refugees in Lebanon.

Before relocating to Portsmouth and taking up a research associate position in 2014, I was based in South Africa where I worked as an independent researcher and consultant on issues of right to and access to housing and geographies of disability.


My research interests coalesce around geographies of exclusion and inclusion particularly manifested in the condition of refugees and disabled people. I moreover have an interest in popular understanding and production of geopolitics. This is particularly manifested in my current involvement as research associate with the ESRC-funded project ‘Ludic Geopolitics: Children’s play, war toys and re-enchantment with the British military’. The project examines the ways in which contemporary geopolitics are understood and produced by children through play. This is done through an analysis of military action figures such as Action Man and the HM Armed Forces (HMAF) brand, and the ways in which children engage with them.

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