Matthew Varco

Matthew Varco


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I am working on an ESRC-funded PhD project within Human Geography, supervised by Dr Henrik Ernstson, Dr Aurora Fredriksen, and Prof Erik Swyngedouw. My work attempts to uncover how nature becomes the foundation for a variety of far-right and extremist political movements. Using archival, discursive, and ethnographic methods, I hope to improve our understanding of the political mobilisations of nature in the Anthropocene.

I also engage critically with debates around 'eco-fascism', and bring historical context and a geographical lens to bear on recent politicisations of the natural environment by right-leaning parties and movements, mainly in Europe.

I am a member of the Society and Environment Research Group (SERG).


  • 2020 - MSc Research Methods with Human Geography (University of Manchester)
  • 2019 - BA Geography with International Study (University of Manchester)

Research interests

Political ecologies of the far-right; Eco-fascism; Digital geographies; Archives; The anthropocene; Ethno-nationalism; Biopolitics; German history

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Areas of expertise

  • G Geography (General)
  • Political Ecology
  • Political Geography
  • Nature-Society relations


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