Jon Mendel

Dr Jonathan Mendel


  • Tel: +44 (0)1382 385083
  • Email:
  • Geography, School of Social Sciences, 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:

  • Online networks, communities and spaces: the implications of these spaces for communication, organisation and activism. Recent foci include science blogging and human trafficking.
  • Policing, crime, data and policy: changes to crime, policing and law enforcement, alongside broader debates about evidence, policy and data analysis.
  • Conflict: the development and deployment of different ways of fighting, from the networked warfare of Afghan insurgency through to the 'war on terror' and urban warfare.

I’m starting a research project looking at questions around disability, chronic illness, Twitter and academia – and I’d really appreciate any contributions to the development of my research questions and then, subsequently, to interviews and group discussions - please see my blog post ( introducing the topic.

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.


  • Mendel, J. (forthcoming) “Urban Violence and Militarisation”. In the International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences (Elsevier).
  • Mendel, J. and Riesch, H. (forthcoming) “Science blogging below-the-line: a progressive sense of place?” In S. Mains, J. Cupples and Lukinbeal, C. (Eds.) Mediated Geographies/Geographies of Media (Springer).
  • Mendel, J. (2014) “Bad Research and High Impact: The Science: So What Campaign and Social Media Criticism”. ACME 13:1.
  • Mendel, J. and Sharapov, K. (2014) “Human trafficking and online networks: policy briefing”. Budapest: Centre for Policy Studies, Central European University. 
  • Riesch, H. and Mendel, J. (2014) “Science Blogging: Networks, Boundaries and Limitations”. Science as Culture (23:1). 
  • Hall, A. and Mendel, J. (2013) “Digital traces and the ‘print’ of threat: targeting populations in the war on terror” in P. Harvey, E. Casella, G. Evans, H. Knox, C. McLean, E. Silva, N. Thoburn and K. Woodward (Eds.) Objects and Materials. A Routledge Companion (London: Routledge).
  • Hall, A. and Mendel, J. (2012) “Threatprints, Threads and Triggers: Imaginaries of Risk in the ‘War on Terror’”. Journal of Cultural Economy (5:1). 
  • Fyfe, N. and Mendel, J. (2011) “Reforming Police Structures: A Review of UK and International Evidence” (Scottish Institute for Policing Research). 
  • Mendel, J. (2010) “Afghanistan, Networks and Connectivity”. Geopolitics (15:4). 
  • Mendel, J. (2009) “On the constitution and status of ‘evidence’ in the health sciences” (letter to the journal). Journal of Research in Nursing 14.
  • Mendel, J. (2008) “A Hard Landing for Virtual War: Iraq, Land and Insurgency”. Research paper written for the Robert Schalkenbach Foundation.
  • Mendel, J. (2003) “Power Trouble: Gendered Analyses of E. H. Carr's Concept of Power in The Twenty Years' Crisis”. In-spire (1:1).