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Dr Peter Forman

Assistant Professor

Department: Geography and Environmental Sciences

I am a cultural and political geographer whose work brings together research on energy, materialities, urban governance, and infrastructures to conceptualise the political significance of circulations for the organisation of everyday life. I am especially interested in the opportunities and challenges for governance that gaseous materials present in the 21st century. More information on these themes can be found below.

In May 2020, I joined Northumbria University’s Department of Geography and Environmental Science as a Lecturer in Human Geography. Prior to this, I held research and teaching fellow positions at Lancaster University, the University of York, and the University of Tuebingen (Germany). I completed my PhD in Human Geography at Durham University in 2017.


Peter Forman

1. Governing Circulation

I explore how different kinds of global/local flows variously relate to questions of security, risk and resilience. I am particularly concerned with the processes and technologies through which circulations become rendered known, politicisable and governable.

2. Governing Gases

Gases of different kinds are behind some of today's most urgent political challenges. Successfully governing them has consequently become a 21st century imperative, requiring interventions at scales ranging from the domestic to the urban, regional and planetary. My work traces these challenges and opportunities for intervention.

3. Matter, Materialities, and Life in the Anthropocene

My research investigates alternative ways of living with nonhumans in the Anthropocene, examining the ethics of more-than-human relations in the context of unfolding ecological crises.


  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Materialist Dialogues and the Granular, Forman, P. 1 Jul 2021, In: Dialogues in Human Geography
  • Histories of Balancing Demand and Supply in the UK’s Gas Networks, 1795 – Present, Forman, P. 18 Dec 2020, In: Journal of Energy History
  • Conceptualising flexibility: Challenging representations of time and society in the energy sector*, Blue, S., Shove, E., Forman, P. 1 Nov 2020, In: Time and Society
  • Brexit: Modes of uncertainty and futures in an impasse, Anderson, B., Wilson, H., Forman, P., Heslop, J., Ormerod, E., Maestri, G. 1 Jun 2020, In: Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers
  • Materiality, New Materialisms, Forman, P. 2020, International Encyclopedia of Human Geography, Amsterdam, Oxford and Cambridge, Elsevier
  • Security and the Subsurface: Natural Gas and the Visualisation of Possibility Spaces, Forman, P. 1 Jan 2020, In: Geopolitics
  • Inorganic Becomings: Situating the Anthropocene in Puchuncavi, Tironi, M., Hird, M., Simonetti, ., Forman, P., Freiburger, N. 1 May 2018, In: Environmental Humanities
  • Circulations beyond Nodes: (In)Securities Along the Pipeline, Forman, P. 4 Mar 2018, In: Mobilities
  • A Material Politics of Citizenship: The potential of circulating materials from UK Immigration Removal Centres, Hughes, S., Forman, P. 18 Aug 2017, In: Citizenship Studies

Ebenezer Amoah Transboundary Circulation of e-waste, Policy and opportunities for Value Creation Start Date: 01/10/2022



Gregson, N. & Forman, P.J. (2021) "England's Municipal Waste Regime: Challenges and Prospects" The Geographical Journal

Blue, S., Forman, P., & Shove, E. (2021) "Flexibilities in Energy Supply and Demand: Legacies and Lessons from the Past" Journal of Energy History 5(1) pp.1-8.

Forman, P.J. (2021) "Materialist Dialogues and the Granular" Dialogues in Human Geography

Forman, P.J. & Gregson, N. (2021) "UK Waste Management Contracts by Local Authority, 2018-2019" [Dataset] UK Data Service

Hughes, S.H., & Forman, P.J. (2021) "A Material Politics of Citizenship: The Potential of Circulating Materials from UK Immigration Removal Centres" In: Amelung, N., Gianolla, C., Sousa Ribeiro, J., & Solovova, O. (Eds) "Material Politics of Citizenship: Connecting Migrations with Science and Technology Studies" London: Routledge.


Forman, P.J. (2020) "Histories of Balancing Demand and Supply in the UK's Gas Networks, 1795-Present" Journal of Energy History URL: Histories of Balancing Demand and Supply in the UK’s Gas Networks, 1795 – Present | Drupal ( 

Blue, S. Shove, E. & Forman, P.J. (2020) "Conceptualising Flexibility: Challenging representations of time and society in the energy sector" Time and Society DOI:

Anderson, B. Wilson, H. Forman, P.J. Heslop, J. Ormerod, E. & Maestri, G. (2020) “Brexit: Modes of Uncertainty and Futures at an Impasse” Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers DOI:


Forman, P.J. (2019) “Security and the Subsurface: Natural Gas and the Visualisation of Possibility Spaces” Geopolitics DOI: 10.1080/14650045.2018.1513918

Forman, P.J. (2019) “Materiality, New Materialisms” In: Kobayashi, A. (Ed) The International Encyclopedia of Human Geography (Second Edition)

Forman, P.J. & Shove, E. (2019) “The Fixity of Flexibility” [Guest blog post for CREDS website] Available at: [Last accessed: 08/01/20]


Forman, P.J. (2018) “Circulations beyond Nodes: (In)Securities Along the Pipeline” Mobilities 

Tironi, M., Hird, M., Forman, P.J., Simonetti, C., & Freiburger, N. (2018) “Inorganic becomings: Situating the Anthropocene in Puchuncaví” Environmental Humanities

Forman, P.J. (2018) Book review: Global Undergrounds: Exploring Cities Within. Edited by Paul Dobraszczyk, Carlos Lopez Galviz, & Bradley Garrett [Reviewed for the Urban Geographies Research Group]


Hughes, S.M. & Forman, P.J. (2017) “A Material Politics of Citizenship: The Governance of Circulating Materials from UK Immigration Removal Centres” Citizenship Studies 

Forman, P.J. (2017) “Hard to Follow Things: Natural Gas” [Online] Guest blog post for Available at: <> [Last accessed: 22/08/17]

  • Geography PhD June 30 2017
  • Geography MA (Hons) January 11 2013
  • Geography BA (Hons) June 28 2011
  • Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy 2014

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