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My research interests intersect around three areas: 

Popular Culture and Geopolitics: I am interested in how popular understandings of geopolitics are articulated, produced, marketed and consumed via popular culture and the media. In particular I have examined the role of military-themed videogames.

Critical Military Studies: I study how cultures of militarism are expressed and encountered in everyday life. This has included research on: the politics of memorialisation; the relationship between the military and popular culture; and methodological approaches to studying the military.   

Digital technologies for Social and Political Change: My recent research explores how visual cultures and technologies, such as digital games and Virtual Reality (VR), are being used to encourage social, political and environmental change. I am also interested in the pedagogical implications of such technologies for the teaching of geography.  

Published Work


Dittmer, J and Bos, D. (2019) Popular Culture, Geopolitics and Identity, Rowman & Littlefield Publishers: US.

Journal Articles:

Bos, D. (2018)Answering the Call of Duty: Everyday encounters with the popular geopolitics of military-themed videogames’ Political Geography, 63, 54-64. 

Bos, D, Finlay,R., Hopkins, P., Lloyd, J., Richardson, M. (2017) ‘A review of the ESRC internship scheme for postgraduates’, Journal of Geography in Higher Education, 41 (1), 106-118.

Rech. M. F., Bos. D, Williams,. A, Woodward R, Jenkings N and (2015) ‘Military geography and critical war studies’, Critical Military Studies, 1 (1), 47-60.

Jenkings, K. N., Megoran, N., Woodward, R. and Bos, D. (2012), ‘Wootton Bassett and the Political Spaces of Remembrance and Mourning’ Area, 44 (3), 356–363.

Jenkings, K. N., Woodward, R., Williams, A. J., Rech, M. F., Murphy, A. L. and Bos, D. (2011), ‘Military Occupations: Methodological Approaches and the Military–Academy Research Nexus’. Sociology Compass, 5 (1), 37–51.

Book Chapters:

Bos, D. (2018) ‘Popular Geopolitics and the Landscapes of Virtual War’ in Saunders, R. and Strukov, V. Popular Geopolitics: Plotting an Evolving Interdiscipline, Routledge: UK, 216-234.

Bos, D. and Jenkings. N, (2016) ‘Analysing newspapers: considering the use of print media sources in military research’ In Williams A, Woodward R, Jenkings N and Rech M F (Eds) The Routledge Companion to Military Research Methods, Routledge: UK, 58-70.

Bos, D. (2016) ‘Critical Methodologies for Researching Military Videogames’, In Williams A, Woodward R, Jenkings N and Rech M F (Eds) The Routledge Companion to Military Research Methods, Routledge: UK, 332-344.

Bos, D. (2015)Methods/Videogames/Geopolitics’, Special Edition E-IR: World Politics and Popular Culture E-International Publishing, 101-109.

Book Reviews:

Bos, D. (2017) ‘Popular Geopolitics and Nation-Branding in the Post-Soviet Realm’, Robert Saunders. Book Review in Social and Cultural Geography, 18 (8), 1197-1199.

Bos, D. (2016) ‘How to Do Things with Videogames’, Ian Bogost. Book Review in Journal of Consumer Culture.

Media Publications:

Interview in Oxford Today:, November 2017.

'Do videogames case violence?'  Oxplore website: May 2017.

Conference Presentations:

Games for Geopolitical Change, New frontiers of Political Geography, St John’s College, University of Oxford, May 2019

Immersive Geographies: VR for Social and Political Change, American Association of Geographers (AAG) Annual Conference, Washington D.C., April 2019

Games for Geopolitical Change¸ American Association of Geographers (AAG) Annual Conference, New Orleans, April 2018

Playful Possibilities: Digital games for social impact, Digital Geographies Symposium, Royal Geographical Society, London, June 2017

Researching Popular Geopolitics and Everyday Life, Royal Geographical Society Political Geography Research Group Workshop, Royal Holloway University, London, June 2017

Marketing Militainment: Spectacular Spaces of Consumption, American Association of Geographers (AAG) Annual Conference, Boston, April 2017

Militarising the world: Exploring videogame cutscenes, American Association of Geographers (AAG) Annual Conference, San Francisco, March 2016

Teaching Geography with Digital Games, Political Geography AAG Preconference, San Francisco, March 2016

Producing Popular Geopolitics, RGS-IBG Annual Conference, Royal Geographical Society, London, 26th -29th August 2014

Military geography and critical war studies, Critical Military War Studies: emerging fields, developing trends, University of Sussex, September 11th 2013 (with Dr Neil Jenkings, Dr Matthew Rech, Dr Alison Williams, Prof. Rachel Woodward)

Capturing the ‘Feel of Battle’: embodied states of play, American Association of Geographers (AAG) Annual Conference, Los Angeles, April 2013

The popular geopolitics of military videogames, RGS-IBG Annual Conference, Edinburgh University, June 2012.

The popular geopolitics of military videogames, Popular Culture and World Politics Conference, Lapland University, November 2011.

The popular geopolitics of military videogames, A Presentation Workshop with Professor Simon Dalby, Newcastle University, November 2011.

Invited Presentations:

Ethnography and Videogames, Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford November 2018.

Playing Virtual War: Player-based methodologies for critically exploring military-themed videogames Presented at Researching Videogames Workshop, Leeds University, February 2015.

Military Videogames: audience dispositions, popular geopolitics and the morality of combat. Presented at Northumbria University Media Department Series, November 2012.

Public Presentations:

War, Videogames and Popular Culture presented at ‘Quakers in War Summer School’, Reading, 23rd August 2015

Militainment presented at ForcesWatch: Militarisation in Everyday Life UK, London, October 19th 2013



BA (Newcastle University); MA (Newcastle University); PhD (Newcastle University)

Professional affiliations:

Association of American Geographers (member)

Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA)

SEDA PDF Learning, Teaching and Assessing Certificate