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National University of Singapore
10 Kent Ridge Crescent, Singapore 119260

Office: AS2/04-18
Email: geost@nus.edu.sg
Tel: +65 6516 3860
Fax: +65 6773091
Homepage: http://profile.nus.edu.sg/fass/geost/
| Brief Introduction | Teaching Areas | Current Research | Research Interests | Publications | Other Information

Brief Introduction Top

I took up a three year appointment as an Associate Professor in Human Geography in the NUS Department of Geography in July 2007. I am currently on special leave from a personal professorship at Loughborough University, UK, and prior to my 7 years at Loughborough worked at Nottingham Trent University after my PhD completion at the University of Newcastle. My early research and published work focused on the Caribbean, with a particular focus on the island of Montserrat. This work led me into work on development and globalisation; culture and land attachments; race, gender and sexuality. I was also able to lead a highly successful set of field trips to Montserrat for geography students to work with Montserratians to examine social and cultural change in a post natural hazard (volcanic eruption) crisis recovery process.

In 1998 I co-edited Cool Places: Geographies of Youth Cultures which became the seminal text in young people's geographies and was the foundation on which I developed work with Professor Gill Valentine for collaborative grant funding, research and publications. Initial work, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, focused on young people, sexual identities and D/deafness (written in this way to include the multiplicity of D/deaf identities in the UK). Subsequently, our second joint project funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council focused on D/deaf people's (dis)connection with the Internet and information practices. I played a key role in the the research interviews and the dissemination events (for both grants) which fed the academic findings out to policy markers, practitioners, advocates and members of the sexual and D/deaf communities.

Teaching Areas Top

I have taught a very wide range of geography modules, along with teaching cultural, Caribbean, and development studies in my academic career. I have a very diverse range of experience teaching at undergraduate and graduate levels. At Loughborough University I taught all stages of the undergraduate curriculum; I was also a major contributor to the MA in Global Transformations and supervisor of PhDs.

While at NUS I teach the following modules:

  • GE2224 Geographies of Social Life
  • GE4101B Geographical Thought
  • GE5216 Geography and Social Theory

  • I also supervise a range of masters and PhD students

    Current Research Top

    During my time at NUS I was very keen to take the opportunity to get back to doing more of my own fieldwork, to actually meet and interview the participants of my research project, and to find out more about the Asian-Pacific geographies and identities of young people. Hence I successfully applied for a NUS funded research grant called Young People, Citizenship and Global Futures: A Comparative Study of Singapore and Auckland

    This project is progressing well. Interviews with school and university students in Auckland have been conducted along with interviews and group discussions with students at junior colleges in Singapore. More interviews are planned throughout the rest of 2010. Interviews cover a range of themes about young people's geographies and identities within their cities with specific attention to: senses of place; everdayness in their cities; notions of nationhood; and expectations of, and anxieties about, globalising processes affecting themselves, their cities and their nations.

    Additionally I am involved in a collaborative project focusing on Cosmopolitan Cultures and Asian Cities and was the co-ordinator of a funded interdisciplinary reading group, The Deconstruction and Reconstitution of the Intimate within the Context of Mobilities and Migration

    Research Interests Top

    I have wide range of research interests that relate to critical geographies. I am particularly interested in examining and making visible the geographies and identities of people who are socially and cultural marginalised (such as children, young people, lesbians and gay men, D/deaf people, minority ethnic groups). I am also committed to decentring Euro-American hegemonic geographical theories and place analysis (hence my work in the Caribbean, Singapore and New Zealand). My work is profoundly informed by feminist theory and practice. This was the starting point for my PhD research and remains influential in how I do research and what I consider to be important in the production of knowledge.

    Publications Top


    • Valentine, G., Skelton, T. and Butler, R. (2003) Towards Inclusive Youth Policies and Practices: Lessons from Young Lesbians, Gay Men and D/deaf People, Youth Work Press.


    • Skelton, T. (ed.) (2004) Introduction to the Pan-Caribbean. Arnold, London.
    • Skelton, T. and Allen, T. (eds.) (1999) Culture and Global Change, Routledge, London.
    • Skelton, T. and Valentine, G. (eds.) (1998) Cool Places: Geographies of Youth Cultures, Routledge, London.


    • Valentine, G and T Skelton, (2009) ‘ “An umbilical cord to the world”: The role of the Internet in D/deaf people's information and communication practices’ Information, Communication & Society, 12, 1: 44-65.
    • Skelton, T. (2009) ‘Children's Geographies/Geographies of Children: Play, Work, Mobilities and Migration’, Geography Compass, 3, 4:1430 -1448
    • Skelton, T. and Mains, S. P, (2009) "Intersections of neoliberalism, mobilities and development in the Caribbean: an introduction". Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography, 30, no. 2 151-157 (Special Theme on Neoliberalism, mobilities and development: Caribbean intersections).
    • Valentine, G. and Skelton, T. (2008) ‘Changing spaces: the role of the Internet in shaping Deaf geographies’ Social and Cultural Geography, 9, 5, 469-485
    • Skelton, T. (2008) ‘Research with children and young people: exploring the tensions between ethics, competence and participation’ Children’s Geographies, 6, 1, 21- 36
    • Anderson, J., Askins, K., Cook, I., Desforges, L., Evans, J., Fannin, M., Fuller, D., Griffiths, H., Lambert, D., Lee, R., MacLeavy, J., Mayblin, L., Morgan, J., Payne, B., Pykett, J., Roberts, D. and Skelton, T. (2008) ‘What is geography’s contribution to making citizens?’ Geography, 93, 1, 34 – 39
    • Skelton, T. (2008) ‘Research with children and young people: exploring the tensions between ethics, competence and participation’ Children’s Geographies, 6, 1, 21- 36 ISSN 1473 3285
    • Skelton, T. (2007) ‘Islands for the young: culture and development for all’ Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography, 28, 136 – 138
    • Skelton, T. (2007) ‘Children, young people, UNICEF and participation’ Children’s Geographies, 5, 1 & 2, 165 – 181
    • Valentine, G. and Skelton, T. (2007) ‘The right to be heard: Citizenship and language’, Political Geography, 26, 2, 121-140
    • Valentine, G. and Skelton, T. (2007) ‘Redefining norms: D/deaf young people's transitions to independence’ Sociological Review, 55, 1, pp 104 – 123
    • Aitken, S., Gagen, E., Kesby, M., Radcliffe, S., Ruddick, S. and Skelton, T. (2006) ‘Author meets critics: a review essay’ of Growing up Global: Economic Restructuring and Children’s Everyday Lives by Cindi Katz, Social and Cultural Geographies, 7, 6, 1011 – 1019
    • Skelton, T. (2005) ‘“The Commonwealth Baton arrives in Montserrat”: insights into children’s ‘citizenship’ in a complex political setting’, Children’s Geographies, 3, 3, pp.363-367
    • Skelton, T. and Valentine, G. (2003) ‘Political participation, political action and political identities: young D/deaf people's perspectives’, Space and Polity, 72, pp 117-134
    • Skelton, T. and Valentine, G. (2003) ‘''It feels like being Deaf is normal”: An exploration into the complexities of defining D/deafness and young D/deaf people's identities’, The Canadian Geographer, 47(4), pp 451-466
    • Valentine, G. and Skelton, T. (2003) ‘Living on the edge: the marginalisation and 'resistance' of D/deaf youth, Environment and Planning A, 352, pp 301-321
    • Valentine, G. and Skelton, T. (2003) ‘Finding oneself, losing oneself: the lesbian and gay ‘scene’ as a paradoxical space”, International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, 27, 4, pp.849 –866
    • Valentine, G., Skelton, T. and Butler, R. (2003) ‘Coming out and outcomes: negotiating lesbian and gay identities with and in, the family’’, Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, 21, pp 479-49
    • Skelton, T. and Valentine, G. (2002) ‘Towards home and school inclusion for young D/deaf people'', Youth and policy: the journal of critical analysis, 76, pp 15-28
    • Valentine, G., Skelton, T. and Butler, R. (2002) ‘The vulnerability and marginalisation of lesbian and gay youth: ways forward’, Youth and policy: the journal of critical analysis, 75, pp 4 – 29
    • Valentine, G. and Skelton, T. (2002) 'Spaces of opportunity, spaces of risk? Young lesbians and gay men's experiences of 'community' ', Childrenz Issues, 6, pp 34-39
    • Skelton, T. (2001) ‘A celebration of Feminist Geography', Scottish Geographical Journal, 1172, pp 157-167
    • Skelton, T. (2001) ‘ “Girls in the club”: researching working class girls lives', Ethics, Place and Environment, 42, pp 167-173
    • Valentine, G., Butler, R. and Skelton, T. (2001) 'The ethical and methodological complexities of doing research with 'vulnerable' young people', Ethics, Place and Environment, 42, pp 119-125
    • Butler, R., McNamee, S., Skelton, T. and Valentine, G. (2001) 'Language barriers: exploring the worlds of the deaf'', Disability Studies Quarterly, 214, pp 42-52
    • Skelton, T. (2000) 'Political uncertainties and natural disasters: Montserratian identity and colonial status'', Interventions: International Journal of Post-colonial Theory, 2, pp 103-117
    • Skelton, T. (1999) ‘Evacuation, Relocation and Migration: Montserratian women's experiences of the volcanic disaster'', Anthropology in Action, 6, pp 6-13
    • Madge, C., Raghuram, P. and Skelton, T. (1998) ‘Feminist research methodologies and student projects in geography'' Journal of Geography in Higher Education, 22, pp 35-48
    • Skelton, T. (1998) 'Doing violence/doing harm: British representations of Jamaican Yardies', Small Axe: Journal of Critical Theory, 2, pp 27-4
    • Skelton, T. (1997) ‘Issues of sexuality in the teaching space' Journal of Geography in Higher Education, 21, pp 424-431
    • Skelton, T. (1996) ‘Cultures of Land in the Caribbean: A contribution to the debate on development and culture' European Journal of Development Research, 8, pp 71-92
    • Skelton, T. (1995) ‘ “I sing dirty reality, I am out there for the ladies”: women and Jamaican ragga music, resisting patriarchy’ Phoebe: Journal of Feminist Theory, Scholarship and Aesthetics, 7, pp 86-104


    • Skelton, T. (2009) ‘Massey D.’ in Kitchin R, Thrift, N (eds) The International Encyclopedia of Human Geography, volume 6, pp. 497-499. Oxford: Elsevier
    • Skelton, T. (2009) ‘Cross-Cultural Research’ in Kitchin R, Thrift N (eds) The International Encyclopedia of Human Geography, volume 2, pp. 398-403. Oxford: Elsevier
    • Skelton, T. (2008) ‘Being Deaf and being lesbian: portrait of a young woman’s political identity’ in Telling Young Lives: Portraits in Political Geography edited by Jeffrey, C. and Dyson, J. (Temple University Press)
    • Skelton, T. (2008) ‘Globalization, cultures of land, home and natural hazard: the case of Montserrat in the Caribbean’ in Kofman, E. and Youngs, G. (eds) Globalization: Theory and Practice, (London, Continuum) (third edition) pp. 57 – 72.
    • Skelton, T. (2008) ‘Children, young people, UNICEF and participation’ in Aitken, S., Lund, R. and KjØrholt, A. T. (eds) Global Childhoods: Globalization, Development and Young People, London, Routledge, pp. 165 - 181
    • Skelton, T. (2005) ‘Montserratian narratives of belonging in the midst of disaster and relocation’ in Besson, J. and Olwig, K. (eds), Caribbean Narratives of Belonging: Fields of Relations, Sites of Identity, Oxford, Macmillan, pp. 63 – 78
    • Valentine, G. and Skelton, T. (2005) ‘The right to be heard: D/deaf activism in the city’ in Rights to the City Wastl-Walter, D., Staeheli, L. and Dowler, L. (eds) Società Geograica Italiana, Rome, pp. 243 - 253
    • Skelton, T. and Valentine, G. (2004) ‘Exploring notions of masculinity and fatherhood: when gay sons ‘come out’ to heterosexual fathers’ in Geographies of Masculinities, Horschelman, K. and Van Hoven, B. (eds) Routledge, London, 207-221.
    • Skelton, T. (2004) ‘The importance of reflexivity in Caribbean research: thinking through ‘race’, self and politics’ in Beyond the Blood, the Beach and the Banana: New Perspectives in Caribbean Studies, Courtman, S. (ed) Ian Randle, Kingston, pp 24-33.
    • Skelton, T. (2004) ‘The Pan-Caribbean: diversity and semblance’ in Introduction to the Pan-Caribbean, Skelton, T. L. (ed), Arnold, London, pp.1-13.
    • Skelton, T. (2004) ‘Issues of development in the Pan-Caribbean: overcoming crises and rising to challenges?’ in Introduction to the Pan-Caribbean, Skelton, T. L. (ed), Arnold, London, pp.42-71.
    • Skelton, T. (2003) ‘Globalizing forces and natural disaster: what can be the future for the small Caribbean island of Montserrat?’ in Globalization: Theory and Practice, Kofman, E. and Youngs, G. (eds), Continuum, London, pp 65-78.
    • McNamee, S., Valentine, G., Skelton, T. and Butler, R. (2003) ‘Negotiating difference: lesbian and gay transitions to adulthood', in Social Relations and the Life Course, Allan, G. and Jones, G. (eds), Palgrave, Basingstoke, pp 120-134.
    • Skelton, T. (2002) 'Research on youth transitions: some critical interventions', in Young People in Risk Society: The Restructuring of Youth Identities and Transitions in Late Modernity, Cieslik, M. and Pollock, G. (eds) Ashgate, Aldershot, pp 100-116.
    • Skelton, T. (2001) 'Cross-cultural research: issues of power, positionality and 'race' ‘, in Qualitative Methodologies for Geographers, Limb M. and Dwyer C. (eds), Arnold, London, pp 87-100.
    • Skelton, T. (2000) ' “Nothing to do, nowhere to go?” teenage girls and public space in the Rhonda Valleys'', in Children's Geographies, Holloway, S.H. and Valentine, G. (eds), Routledge, London, pp 80-99.
    • Skelton, T. and Allen, T. (1999) 'Culture and global change: theoretical considerations', in Culture and Global Change, Skelton, T. and Allen, T. (eds), Routledge, London, pp 1-10.
    • Skelton, T. (1999) 'Representations of Jamaican yardies: domination and resistance', in Entanglements of Power: Geographies of Domination and Resistance, Sharp, J., Philo, C., Routledge, P. and Paddison, R. (eds), Routledge, London, pp 182-203.
    • Skelton, T. (1999) 'The British media and violent representations of Jamaican yardies'', in Divided Europeans: Understanding Ethnicities in Conflict, Allen, T. and Eade, J. (eds), Kluwer Law International, The Hague, pp 225-242.
    • Valentine, G., Chambers, D. and Skelton, T. (1998) ''Cool places: an introduction to youth and youth cultures'', in Cool Places, Skelton, T. and Valentine, G. (eds), Routledge, London, pp 1-32.
    • Skelton, T. (1998) 'Urban music / ghetto girls: Jamaican ragga music and female identities', in New Frontiers of Space, Bodies and Gender, Ainley, R. (ed), Routledge, London, pp 142-154.
    • Madge, C., Raghuram, P., Skelton, T., Willis, K. and Williams, J. (1997) ''Feminist geography methodologies: politics, practice and power'', in Feminist Geography: Explorations in Diversity and Difference, Women and Geography Study Group, Longman, Harlow, Essex, pp 86-111.
    • Rose, G., Gregson, N., Foord, J., Dwyer, C., Holloway, S.L., Laurie, N., Maddrell, A. and Skelton, T. (1997) 'Introduction'', in Feminist Geographies: Explorations in Diversity and Difference, Women and Geography Study Group, Wesley, Longman, Harlow, Essex, pp 1-12.
    • Skelton, T. (1997) 'Cultures of land in the Caribbean', in Cultural Perspectives in Development, Tucker, V. (ed), Frank Cass, London, pp 71-92.
    • Skelton, T. (1996) 'Globalisation, land and culture: The case of the Caribbean', in Globalisation: Theory and Practice, Kofman, E. and Youngs, G. (eds), Cassell, London, pp 318-328.
    • Skelton, T. (1995) ‘ ‘Boom, Bye, Bye’: Jamaican ragga music and gay resistance’, in Mapping Desire, Bell, D. and Valentine, G. (eds), Routledge, London, pp 264-283.


    • Skelton, T. (2007) Review: Katz, C. (2004) Growing up Global: Economic Restructuring and Children’s Everyday Lives Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press in Children, Youth and Environments, 17, 1, on line at http://thunder1.cudenver.edu/cye/review.pl?n=123
    • Skelton, T. (2001) Potter, R. (2000) The Urban Caribbean in an Era of Global Change in Urban Studies, 38, 3, 605-607
    • Skelton, T. (1999) Crang, M. (1998) Cultural Geography in Area, 31,2: 190- 191
    • Skelton, T. (1999) Pessar, P. (ed.) (1997) Caribbean Currents: New Directions in the Study of Caribbean Migration in Political Geography, 18:762-764
    • Skelton, T. (1999) Lipset, 0. (1997) Dangerous Crossroads in Area 31, 1: 87 – 88
    • Skelton, T. (1999) Mandle, J. R. (1996) Persistent Underdevelopment. Change and Economic Modernization in the West Indies, in Newsletter of the Caribbean Studies Association. 26, 1:14-15
    • Skelton, T. (1998) Premdas, R. (1995) Ethnicity and `Race' in Guyana in New West India Guide, 72, 34: 313-31
    • Skelton, T. (1998) Scott, C. (1995) Gender and Development: Rethinking Modernization and Dependency Theory, in Political Geography, 17, 7: 910-912
    • Skelton, T. (1997) Colchester, M. (1997) Fragile Frontier: The case of Guyana in Newsletter of the Society of Caribbean Studies , Spring
    • Skelton, T. (1996) hooks, b. (1995) Outlaw Culture: Resisting Representations in Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, 21, 3: 590-591
    • Skelton, T. (1995) Bonnet, A. (1993) Radicalism, Anti-Racism and Representation in Antipode, 27, 4: 433-435
    • Skelton, T. (1995) Unwin, T. Atlas of the World, in Applied Geography, 15,4;385-386
    • Skelton, T. (1994) Radcliffe, S.R. and Westwood, S. (eds.) (1993) Viva!: Women and Popular Protest in Latin America in Gender, Place and Culture, 1, 1: 129-130


    • Valentine, G., Skelton, T. and Levy, P. (2007) ‘The Role of the Internet in D/deaf People’s Inclusion in the Information Society’, July, report on questionnaire survey for AHRC grant of the same title, Leeds, University of Leeds
    • Skelton, T. (2006), ''A Case Study of British Media Discourses of the Indian Ocean Tsunami: The December 2004 Coverage'', June, Asian Meta Centre Research Paper Series (peer reviewed), National University of Singapore, posted at web site: http://www.populationasia.org/Publications/Research_Papers.htm, No. 21

    Other Information Top


    Editorial board member 2003 - present
    Editor of Viewpoints 2005 - present
    Commissioning Editor for Asia 2010 - present

    Editorial board member 2009 - present

    Editorial board member 2007 – present

    From 1999 to 2005 I was the co-editor of the highly influential Routledge book series Critical Geographies which published 20 monographs and edited collections.

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