Jon Mendel

Jonathan Mendel


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  • Geography School of the Environment University of Dundee Perth Rd Dundee DD1 4HN


Research Interests

My research is broadly in the areas of political and social geography, focusing in particular on:

  • Networked conflict: the development of networked ways of fighting, in conflicts from the Afghan insurgency through to the 'war on terror' and crime.
  • Virtual war: the geopolitical implications of the US-led development and deployment of virtual technologies and techniques in military operations and related violence. My research takes the past two decades of conflict in Iraq as an example of how such techniques can function.
  • Online networks: the implications of various uses of ICTs for communication, organisation and activism. Recent foci include science blogging and human trafficking.
  • Policing and policy: changes to policing and law enforcement (in particular, police mergers) and the broader context of discussions of evidence and policy.

Recent Research Grants

2012-3  Scottish Crucible Project Grant. Stop Traffic: Unweaving the Web of Online Human Trafficking (with colleagues at St Andrews, Dundee, Glasgow Caledonian and Northumbria universities).
2005 ESRC Overseas Institutional Visit: funding for a three-month research visit to The Watson Institute, Brown University.
2003-6 Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) PhD Studentship: funding to cover the costs of my PhD 


Academic Background

2004-7 PhD thesis, Geography Department, Durham University.
Thesis title: "Virtual Wars: A Comparative Analysis of the 1991 Gulf War and the 'War on Terror'."
2003-4 1st year of PhD studies, Politics, Newcastle University.
Thesis title: "Virtual Wars: A Comparative Analysis of the 1991 Gulf War and the 'War on Terror'."
2002-3 MA Politics Research, Newcastle University.
1999-2002 BA Philosophy and Politics, Warwick University.


January 2012 - present Lecturer (Teaching & Research) in Human Geography at Dundee University.
September 2009 - 2011 Lecturer (Teaching & Scholarship) in Human Geography at Dundee University.
2008 - 2009 Teaching at Newcastle University - module leader of Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism module.
March 2008 -
March 2009
Research Associate, Data Wars project - at Durham University Geography Department.
October 2007 -
August 2008
Research work for the Robert Schalkenbach Foundation.
November 2004 -
February 2007
Casual teacher and demonstrator at Durham University Geography Department.
December 2005
Visiting Fellow at the Watson Institute, Brown University.