Antonis Vradis


  • KY16 9AL

    United Kingdom

Accepting Postgraduate Research Students

PhD projects

I am always interested in hearing from prospective PhD students indicatively planning to pursue a doctoral thesis in critical migration, urban and more broadly, spatial studies. The key word here is "critical": I am keen to work with future colleagues who see the doctoral endeavour as a means to an end, as a way to help them and those around them not only to understand, but eventually to change the world (I am obviously not the first to say this! See Marx's 11th thesis on Feurbach).

Personal profile

Research overview

I am a geographer with an urban focus, a migration inclination and a political urge to make sense of our turbulent times.

Over the past few years I have had the joy to work with a colleagues, friends and comrades in a number of projects including Transcapes, PURSI, Nutricities and the Welcoming City. We have recently embarked on a new major international project, CUPP. The St Andrews team is looking at technology-driven transformations in the policing of urban public spaces.

What this diverse set of research endeavours holds in common is the drive to understand how cities and transient populations staying within, and traveling through them face up to the multiple crises of our times.

In 2021, we founded the Radical Urban Lab here at St Andrews, for which I am the Director. I am immensely honoured to be working with a fantastic group of colleagues here at St Andrews:

  • Dr Nerina Boursinou focuses on understanding migrant trajectories through the use of Information and Communication Technologies.
  • Andreas Makris is studying the techno-logistical transformation of the port of Piraeus, Greece.
  • Rowan Milligan is looking at gender and squatting in the context of resistance to the housing crisis.
  • Dr Evie Papada is an expert on the humanitarian border, having previously studied the case of Lesbos in Greece and currently looking into the UK context.

(Image credit: Maria-Nefeli Tsetseri).

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Future research

I am always keen to hear from prospective PhD students planning to pursue a doctorate in critical urban, migration and more broadly, spatial studies. The keyword here is "critical". I wish to work with future colleagues who see the doctoral endeavour as a means to a much broader end; as a way to help them and those around them not only to understand, but eventually to change the world. I am, of course, far from the first to say this: see Marx's 11th thesis on Feurbach.

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 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


  • G Geography (General)
  • JC Political theory
  • JV Colonies and colonization. Emigration and immigration. International migration


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