Dr Niall Majury
BSc Hons (Geography) Queens University Belfast 1988
MA University of British Columbia 1990
PhD University of Toronto 1999
FHEA Fellow of the Higher Education Academy 2013
Lecturer in Human Geography
School of Geography, Archaeology and Palaeoecology (GAP)
Queens University Belfast
Belfast BT7 1NN,
Northern Ireland, UK
GAP1011 Human Geographies of the Modern World
GAP1012 Spaces of Development
GAP2040 Geographical Research
GAP2048 The Mediterranean: Exploring Dynamic Environments
GAP3064 Geographies of Global Finance
GAP7402 Critical Approaches to Human Geography
GAP7406 Methods and Research Design
GAP7411 Geographies of Markets
Geography Programme Coordinator
Director of Queen’s Centre of Canadian Studies
Executive Committee, Geographical Association NI,
Executive Committee, Association for Canadian Studies in Ireland’
Module Coordinator – GAP1012, GAP3064, GAP7411
Previous Administrative Roles
• GAP Year 3 Coordinator (2013-2015)
• Head of Undergraduate Teaching - Geography (2008-2013)
• Director of International Programs (Erasmus, Study Abroad, Study USA) – GAP (2003-2011)
• Advisor of Studies (2005-2010, 2014-2015)
• Module Coordinator – GGY1006, GGY2048, GAP7006, GAP7017
I am an economic and urban geographer with research interests in the construction and governance of markets. Of special interest is the relation between liberal logics, technological innovation and the concrete organization of markets. Published work explores: the role of disclosure as a legal technology in reshaping the governance of financial markets; the development of on-screen trading technologies within stock markets; affordable housing and development; the construction of a mass market for homeownership in the U.S; and the cultural politics of foreign investment within dynamic housing markets.
I am currently working on a writing project that examines how scientific knowledge of nature is enrolled into systems of valuation and property relations, focusing on the associated knowledge practices that animate contemporary circuits of speculative mining finance.
Key words: economic geography; geographies of markets; technical innovation; finance; governance.
Majury N (2014) ‘Trusting the numbers’: Mineral prospecting, raising finance and the governance of knowledge, Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers 39(4): 545-558. (This paper also appears under a Virtual Issue in 2015 of the journal edited by Manuel B Aalbers on ‘Financial Geography’)
Majury N (2013) Report on Urban Settlement Upgrading in Iraq: Kurani Ainkawa, Erbil – Moving Forward, Lessons Learned, Amman: UN-HABITAT Iraq Programme
Majury N (2013) Economic landscapes, in The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Cultural Geography (2nd edition), edited by Nuala Johnson, Richard Schein and Jamie Winders, Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell. pp. 161-172.
Ruffell A, Majury N and W E Brooks (2012) Geological fakes and frauds, Earth-Science Reviews 111(1-2): 224-231
Majury N and Kumar S (2008) Habitat for Humanity: Calibrating Best Practice Against the Millennium Development Goals, Belfast: Habitat for Humanity Northern Ireland.
Majury N (2007) Technology and the architecture of markets: reconfiguring the Canadian equity market, Environment and Planning A, volume 39(9): 2187-2206.
Majury N (1994) Signs of the times: Kerrisdale, a neighbourhood in transition, The Canadian Geographer 38(3): 265-270.
2001 Foundation for Canadian Studies (UK): Geographies of Finance. £2250
2003 Foundation for Canadian Studies (UK): Grounding Flows, Enacting Knowledge. £650 2008 Habitat for Humanity NI: HFH: Calibrating Best Practice Against the MDGs. (£2,500 with Dr. S Kumar)
2008 Government of Canada (DFAIT): Mineral Prospecting, Financial Speculation and Regulating Grounds for Belief (Part I). (£4,300 with Prof. S. Royle, Dr. J. McKInley and Dr. A. Ruffell)
2009 Department of Foreign and International Affairs (Canada): Mineral Prospecting, Financial Speculation and Regulating Grounds for Belief (Part II). (£6,145 with Prof. S. Royle, Dr. J. McKInley and Dr. A. Ruffell)
2010 Department of Foreign and International Affairs (Canada): Mineral Prospecting, Financial Speculation and Regulating Grounds for Belief (Part III). (£3,075 with Prof. S. Royle, Dr. J. McKInley and Dr. A. Ruffell)