Nathaniel O'Grady

Nathaniel O'Grady


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I am a cultural and political geographer interested in how technological innovations affect the way the world is secured from various emergency events. I’ve pursued this interest on a number of trajectories, from examining the development and consolidation of risk-based, anticipatory modes of governance in the UK Fire and Rescue Service to the procedures and protocols designed to enable information sharing between different authorities during emergencies. Currently, I am tracing out the gradual appearance of a new emergency infrastructure that is accruing with government emphasis on smart technologies.  For me, the development of these technologies and the practices that underpin them are crucially important for understanding how security operates in our time; showing as they do how our global futures are imagined, how governments think of their engagement with the wider environment around them and the numerous ways we as citizens figure as subjects of power.


I teach on a range of modules across both the BSc International Disaster Management and MSc in Disaster Management. Currently these include:


  • Disaster Politics
  • Security, Resilience and Infrastructures in an Uncertain World
  • Dissertations
  • Scholarship and Practice

 I’d also be interested in supervising PhD projects which probe various crises and their governance through a cultural and political geographic lens. 

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 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Areas of expertise

  • GF Human ecology. Anthropogeography
  • emergencies
  • disasters
  • governance
  • security
  • Politics

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute


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