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Dr Alan Ingram
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  • Senior Lecturer
  • Dept of Geography
  • Faculty of S&HS
Alan Ingram was educated at St Catharine's College, Cambridge University, where he obtained a BA (1993) and PhD (1998) in Geography. He was a Research Associate of the Post-Soviet States in Transition Programme at the University of Cambridge from 1998 and 1999 and taught at Sidney Sussex College and the Department of Geography there from 1999 to 2001. He joined UCL in 2004 following two years outside academia working in the field of global health policy.

Ingram's research has been supported by the Leverhulme Trust, the Economic and Social Research Council and the British Academy. He has published many articles in peer-reviewed journals including Transaction of the Institute of British Geographers, Political Geography, Geopolitics, Annals of the Association of American Geographers and Security Dialogue. In 2009 he published Spaces of Security and Insecurity: Geographies of the War on Terror, co-edited with Klaus Dodds. In 2012 he was the recipient of a British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship and in 2013 curated the exhibition Geographies of War: Iraq Revisited supported by a UCL Beacon Bursary for Public Engagement. His 2019 book Geopolitics and the Event: Rethinking Britain's Iraq War Through Art was published in the Royal GeographicalSociety/IBG Book Series.
Ingram's career has also been distinguished by his support for postgraduate research and early career scholars. As Secretary of the Political Geography Research Group of the Royal Geographical Society from 2008 to 2011 he helped to initiate biennial workshops fostering early career scholarship. Having served as Department Graduate Tutor at UCL Department of Geography from 2013 to 2016, he was appointed in 2020 as Vice Dean for Postgraduate Research and Faculty Graduate Tutor in Social and Historical Science.
Research Summary
Alan Ingram's research examines the ways in which geopolitical events are constituted and contested as matters of public and political concern. His work explores how diverse actors frame and enact geopolitical events within particular political, aesthetic and material practices and considers their wider implications.

Ingram’s research has focused on three major events and divergent responses to them. His early career work examined how, in the wake of the collapse of the Soviet Union, Russian nationalists and geopolitical theorists pursued the idea that Russia was a divided nation involved an existential struggle with the West. His second project explored the geopolitical and security implications of emerging infectious diseases, focusing on the contrasting ways in which activists, policy makers and media in Britain and the US framed the HIV/AIDS pandemic as an exceptional event requiring exceptional responses. More recently, his research has examined the ways in which Britain’s role inthe 2003 Iraq war has been addressed by artists, curators and activists, forming critical and creative counterpoints to official accounts, inquiries and memorials.

Much of Ingram’s thinking on geopolitical events is crystallized in his 2019 book Geopolitics and the Event: Rethinking Britain’s Iraq War Through Art,which explores diverse perspectives on the war and maps out new ways of thinking about and researching geopolitics, art and events in relation to each other. His current research extends his interest in ideas of the West and in how knowledge about geopolitical events is constituted and contested via public practices, with particular reference to relations between Russia and Britain and wider concerns about the politics of truth.

Teaching Summary

Ingram's commitment to scholarship in geopolitics and maintaining a close relationship between research and teaching is reflected in his contribution at each level of the UCL Geography programme.

GEOG0015 Global Events (introductory first-year course, co-taught)

GEOG0025 Political Geography and Geopolitics (thematic second-year course, convenor)

GEOG0056 Geopolitical Events (advanced undergraduate course, sole taught)

GEOG0086 Advanced Geopolitics (optional masters course, sole taught)

Ingram also serves as Geography liaison for the UCL European and International Social and Political Studies programme.

SEP-2012 Associate Professor Department of Geography University College London, United Kingdom
SEP-2004 – SEP-2012 Assistant Professor Department of Geography University College London, United Kingdom
OCT-1999 – SEP-2001 Joint Assistant Lecturer Department of Geography and Sidney Sussex College University of Cambridge, United Kingdom
SEP-1998 – SEP-1999 Research Associate Post-Soviet States in Transition Programme University of Cambridge, United Kingdom
Academic Background
1998   Doctor of Philosophy University of Cambridge
1996   Master of Arts University of Cambridge
1993   Bachelor of Arts University of Cambridge
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