Loughborough University
Leicestershire, UK
LE11 3TU
+44 (0)1509 222222
Loughborough University


Academic Staff

Dr Marco Antonsich

Senior Lecturer in Human Geography
PhD (Trieste, Italy), PhD (Boulder, USA)

Tel: +44 (0)1509 222746

Location: Room U.2.19, Brockington Building, Central Park


Situated at the complex intersection between power, territory and identity, my research has followed, in time, three major strands. In the early stages of my career, I explored the history and theory of Western geopolitical thought, studying in particular the U.S. geopolitical production of the 1940s and, more broadly, the Italian geopolitical tradition. Following this latter interest, I also investigated the colonial project of Fascist Italy in Ethiopia, analysing the ways in which Mussolini’s regime attempted to ‘write’ concepts of progress, order, hierarchy, and racial segregation on the Ethiopian urban/land-scape.

A second strand of my research, which originates from my second PhD thesis (University of Colorado at Boulder), relates more directly to the notion of territorial identities. In an epoch of rescaling of state powers and modes of economic production, my major research question aimed to understand whether or not a similar rescaling was also taking place with regard to traditional forms of collective identities (local, regional, national, and European) and to scrutinize their meanings.

My third and current research strand focuses on how ‘living together in diversity’ is imagined, narrated, organized, justified, and practiced within contemporary multicultural societies. As part of this broad research endeavour, I am interested in the re-making of national identities facing the increasing ethno-cultural diversity of national societies. My present research, supported by a FP7- Marie Curie CIG grant (PCIG13-GA-2013-618470), focuses on Italy and the ‘new Italians’.

I am the convenor of the Loughborough University Nationalism Network (LUNN)

Selected publications

Antonsich, M. (2015) Bringing the people back in: Moving from banal nationalism to everyday nationhood. Political Geography, doi:10.1016/j.polgeo.2015.07.006

Antonsich, M. (2015) Nations and nationalism, in J. Agnew, V. Mamadouh, A. Secor and J. Sharp (eds.), Companion to Political Geography. Oxford:  The Wiley-Blackwell, pp. 297-310.

Matejskova, T. and Antonsich, M. (eds.) (2015) Governing through diversity: Migration societies in the post-multiculturalist age. London: Palgrave MacMillan.

Antonsich, M. and Matejskova, T. (2015) Immigration Societies and the Question of ‘the National'. Ethnicities, 15(4): 495–508.

Antonsich, M. and Holland, T. (2014) Territorial attachment in the age of globalization – the case of Western Europe. European Urban and Regional Studies, 21(2) 206–221.

Antonsich, M, (2012) Exploring the Demands of Assimilation among White Ethnic Majorities in Western EuropeJournal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 38(1), 59-76 DOI: 10.1080/1369183X.2012.640015.

Antonsich, M. (2011) Re-thinking territory. Progress in Human Geography, 35(3): 422-425.

Antonsich, M. (2010) In search of belonging: an analytical framework. Geographical Compass, 4(6): 644–659.

All Publications



Year 1: Geographies of Global Economic Change

Year 2: Global Migration; Geographical Research - Design and Practice; Human Geography Fieldcourse (Paris); Mediterranean Rural Spaces Fieldcourse – Crete

Final Year: Dissertation.


Postgraduate taught

Globalization: Key Debates and Issues; Dissertation.


Current postgraduate research students

Panagiota Sotiropoulou: Examining pre-service elementary school teachers’ attitudes towards immigrant students in Greece.

Thanachate Wisaijorn: Beyond the territorial trap in International Relations: the transnationalism of the peoples in the Thai-Lao borderlands after the end of the Cold War.


Academic Career

2015 onwards: Senior Lecturer in Human Geography, Loughborough University.
2012-2015: Lecturer in Human Geography, Loughborough University.
2011-2012: Visiting Professor, Department of International Relations and European Studies, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary.
2010: Visiting Professor, Franklin College, Lugano, Switzerland.
2007-2009: Research Fellow and Visiting Lecturer, School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences University of Birmingham, UK.
1999-2003: Research Associate in Political Geography, Department of Political Science, University of Trieste, Italy.

Professional responsibilities:

2014 onwards: Convenor, Loughborough University Nationalism Network (LUNN)
2012 onwards: Editorial Board Member, Fennia. International Journal of Geography 
1993 onwards: Editorial Board Member, Limes. Rivista Italiana di Geopolitica
2014-2017: Treasurer, Political Geography Research Group, RGS-IBG



Contact us

Department of Geography
1st Floor Martin Hall Building
Loughborough University
LE11 3TU, UK

Tel: +44 (0)1509 222794

Fax: +44 (0)1509 223930