Staff Profile:Dr Filippo Menga

Name:
Dr Filippo Menga
Job Title:
Lecturer in Human Geography
Responsibilities:
Erasmus and Study Abroad co-ordinator
Areas of Interest:
  • Political Geography
  • Critical Geopolitics
  • Trans-boundary Water Conflict and Cooperation
  • Political Theory
  • Nationalism
Research groups / Centres:

Human Geography Research Cluster

Key Facts:

Filippo Menga is a Lecturer in Human Geography at the University of Reading, where he carries out interdisciplinary research exploring the interplay between humans and the environment. His research draws on political geography, critical water geography, critical geopolitics, and nationalism studies to advance an innovative approach to the study of water politics and develop three main and interrelated themes. The first theme relates to issues of scale, our understanding of the ‘political’, and the largely overlooked interaction between domestic and foreign politics in transboundary water relations. The second looks at how nationalism studies and matters related to the formation of a national identity can provide an explanation of water conflicts at the global level. The third theme focuses on global water governance, critically linking the current prominence of the water-energy nexus approach with the resurgence of the hydropower sector and the discursive shield of sustainability.

Filippo holds a Ph.D. in International Studies awarded by the University of Cagliari (2014) and prior to joining the University of Reading he was awarded a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship at the Department of Geography of the University of Manchester, where he carried out the project “Dam-nations? A study on dams, nation-building and transboundary water relations through case studies from Ethiopia and Tajikistan” (DAM-NET, 2015-2017, €183,455). He has also held research and teaching positions at Oxford Brookes University, Tallinn University, the University of St Andrews, and King's College London. Prior to his doctoral studies, he worked, among others, as a UN Fellow for the United Nations Regional Centre for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia (UNRCCA) in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan.

Filippo is a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society with the Institute of British Geographers, a member of the American Association of Geographers (Political Geography Specialty Group), and a member of the London Water Research Group, an international network of academics and water professionals interested in understanding the deeply nuanced political nature of water conflict and cooperation.

Filippo is Associate Editor for the Setting-the-Agenda section at Political Geography, he sits on the editorial board of Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism, and regularly acts as a reviewer for a range of academic journals and research organisations.

PhD Supervision:

Filippo is keen on supervising research students on the following topics:

  • the political geography of water
  • the interaction between scale and the environment
  • the construction of rivers as unique spatial entities
  • the spatial situatedness of politics and the political
  • critical approaches to the water-energy nexus and the notion of sustainability
  • the interplay between nation-building and geopolitics
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Contact Details

Email:
f.menga@reading.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0) 118 378 7766

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