Tristan Sturm


  • Room 02.028 - Geography Building

    United Kingdom

Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

I am open to PhD applications in the fields of: - Apocalypses, religious, secular, climate change, etc - Lead pipes and other urban environmental exposures - Religious geopolitics / geopolitics of religion - Israel/Palestine Geopolitics, Middle East more generally


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Research Interests

Tristan Sturm is currently interested in critical public health geographies. He just finished an ethnographic DRILL funded project on spaces of empowerment for people with dementia. Since 2016 he has been researching lead drinking water pipes and the historical and present health impacts of lead in Belfast, the UK, and Ireland. He is a key stakeholder in the "Unleaded Spaces" contextual project being run as Public Colab ( in 2018-2019 in Architecture. 

He is finishing a book, The Future is a Foreign Country, on American Christian Zionist pilgrims in Israel and Palestine. 

He was the SNBE SWAN Co-Champion from 2016-2019, the local UCU branch secretary (2017-18). Currently he is the Climate Literacy co-Champion and the SNBE Staff Forum rep.

He curently supervises 4 PhD students: Megan O'Kane (ESRC), Tom Albrecht (ESRC), Dan Webster (DFE), and John Erwin. 

He is interested in researching and supervising students on these related topics:

1. Critical public health geographies

2. Political geographies of religious movements

3. Apocalyptic thought related to climate change and nationalism




Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education Teaching (PGCHET), 2015-2016 Queen’s University Belfast

Ph.D., Geography, 2006 – 2011 University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)

Lady Davis Doctoral Fellow, Geography, 2008 – 2009 Hebrew University of Jerusalem

M.A., Geography & Environmental Studies, 2004 – 2006 Carleton University

B.A., Geography w/ honours & distinction, 2001 – 2003 University of Victoria


Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor), Queen’s University Belfast.Geography, 2019 - present

Lecturer (Assistant Professor), Queen’s University Belfast. Geography, 2015 – 2019

Assistant Professor, York University. Geography, 2012 – 2015.

SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow and lecturer, University of British Columbia. Geography, 2011 – 2012.

Sessional Lecturer, University of California, Los Angeles. Geography, 2008, 2010 – 2011.

Research Focus


Edited Book

Dittmer, J. and Sturm, T. (eds.) (2010) Mapping the End Times: American

Evangelical Geopolitics and Apocalyptic Visions. Farnham, UK:

Ashgate/Routledge (2015), 266 pp. Pbk/Hbk.

[Contributors: William E. Connolly, Paul Boyer, Simon Dalby, Michael Barkun, Ju Hui Judy Han, Ethan Yorgason, David Jansson, Hannes Gerhardt, Carolyn Gallaher].

—Reviewed in: Journal of Church and State; Geopolitics; Religious Studies Review; Canadian Geographer; AAG Review of Books.


Edited Journal Volumes

Lynch, R., Sturm, T., and Webster, J. (proposal accepted) “The apocalyptic and other crisis.”

Special Issue of Anthropology and Medicine.

Sturm, T. (ed.) (2013) “The Future of Religion and Geopolitics: Towards a Theory and

Research Agenda.”Special Issue of Area, 45(2), pp. 134-69.

[Contributors: Fiona McConnell, Elizabeth Olson, Janette Habashi, Nick Megoran]

 Struckman, L. and Sturm, T. (eds.) (2013) “Contemporary Geopolitics in the Middle

East.” Special Issue of The Arab World Geographer. 16 (1), Pp. 3-145

[Contributors: Karen Culcasi, Mark Drury, Luke Struckman, Christine Leuenberger, Ron J. Smith, Timur Hammond].

Akcakaya, I., Goldstein, J., Lustig, N., Pfeiffer, D., Sturm, T., and Youn, E. (eds.)

(2010) “Resilient Cities.” Special Issue of Critical Planning, 17(1), pp. 4-181.


Peer Reviewed Journal Articles and Book Chapters

McConnell, T., Sturm, T., Stevenson, M., McCorry, N. K., Donnelly, M., Taylor, B. & Best, P., (2019) Co-producing a shared understanding and definition of empowerment with people with dementia. BMC Research Involvement and Engagement. 5:19, pp1-11.

McConnell, T, Best, P. Sturm, T, (2018) “A translational case study of empowerment into practice: a

realist evaluation of a member-led dementia empowerment service.” Dementia: The International Journal of Social Research and Practice (Sage). DOI: 10.1177/1471301218814393   23pp.


Farries, E. and Sturm, T. (2018) Feminist legal geographies of nonconsensual

pornography online: Using copyright logic to combat the unauthorized distribution of celebrity intimate images in cyberspace. Environment and Planning A: Economy and Space. Published online.


Sturm, T. (2018) “Religion as Nationalism: The Religious Nationalism for Israel

of American Christian Zionists.” National Identities, 20(3), 299-319.

Sturm, T. (2017) Christian Zionism as Religious Nationalism Par Excellence. Brown

Journal of World Affairs, 24(1), 7-22.

 Sturm, T. (2015) “Political Geographies of Religious Movements” (Chapter 15).

In J. Agnew, J. Sharp, A. Secor, and V.D. Mamadouh. Companion to Political Geography, 2nd Ed (pp. 352-365). Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell.

 Sturm, T. (2015) “Theorizing Religious Nationalism: The Case of American Christian

Zionist National Allegiance to Israeli Territorial Maximalism.” In S. Brunn (ed.) The Changing World Religion Map (pp. 819-839). Berlin: Springer.

 Sturm, T. and Frantzman, S. (2015) “Religious Geopolitics of Palestinian

Christianity: Palestinian Christian Zionists, Palestinian Liberation Theologists, and American Missions to Palestine.” Middle Eastern Studies, 51(3) pp. 433-451.

 Sturm, T. (2013) “Geography and Popular Culture.” In B. Warf (ed.) Oxford

Bibliographies in Geography. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

(11,800 word review w/ 116 citations)

 Sturm, T. (2013) “The Future of Religious Geopolitics: Toward a Theory and Research

Agenda.” Area, 45(2) pp. 134-40.

 Struckman, L. and Sturm, T. (2013) “Interrogating Conventional Geopolitics of the

Middle East.” The Arab World Geographer, 16(1), pp. 3-9 (first article).

 Sturm, T.(2012) “The Immanence of an Imminent Apocalypse: Christian

Zionists and Israel as the New Redeemer Nation-and-State.” Relegere: Studies in

Religion and Reception, 2(2), pp. 333-341.

 Sturm, T. (2011) “The Free Gaza Flotilla and the Christian Zionist Response:

Territory, Media, and Race.” Human Geography, 4(1), pp. 10-22.

 Sturm, T. and Oh, E. (2010) “Natural Disasters as the End of the Insurance

Industry? Scalar Competitive Strategies, Alternative Risk Transfers, and the Economic Crisis.” Geoforum, 41(1), pp.154-163.

 Sturm, T. and Bauch, N. (2010) “Nationalism and Geography: An Interview with

Rogers Brubaker.” Geopolitics 15(1), pp. 185-196.

 Sturm, T. and Dittmer, J. (2010) “Introduction: Mapping the End Times.” In J. Dittmer

and T. Sturm (eds.),Mapping the End Times: American Evangelical Geopolitics and Apocalyptic Visions. Farnham, UK: Ashgate,

pp. 1-23.

 Sturm, T. (2010) “Imagining Apocalyptic Geopolitics: American Evangelical

Citationality of Evil Others.” In J. Dittmer and T. Sturm (eds.),Mapping

the End Times: American Evangelical Geopolitics and Apocalyptic

Visions. Farnham, UK: Ashgate, pp. 133-154.

 Sturm, T. (2008) “The Christian Right, Eschatology, and Americanism.” Environment and

Planning D: Society and Space, 26(5), pp. 929-934.

 Sturm, T. (2006) “Prophetic Eyes: The Theatricality of Mark Hitchcock’s

Premillennial Geopolitics.” Geopolitics, 11(2), pp. 231-255.

 Sturm, T. (2015) “Introduction,” to book review forum of Justin Wilford’s (2012)

Sacred Subdivisions: The Postsuburban Transformation of American Evangelicalism. New York: New York University Press. Social and Cultural Geography. 16(2), 371-372.

[Contributors: Elizabeth Olson, Pervin Banu Gokariksel, Justin Tse, Nicolas Howe, Claire Dwyer, Justin Wilford].

Sturm, T. (2008) “Critical Methodological Geopolitics: Discourse

Analysis/Ethnography.” Geopolitics, 13(3), pp. 600-609. (book review essay)


Selected Op-eds


Sturm, T. (2018) “Academics’ families are suffering from high UK visa costs.” Times Higher Education (THE Magazine).

 Sturm, T. (2017) “The end of the world is coming – just not this Saturday.” The

Conversation (republished in the National Post), 20 September. [].

 Sturm, T. (2013) “Feast of Tabernacles Conference: The Christian Zionist Lobby Has

Returned.” Palestine Chronicle. Tues. 24 Sept. [].

 Sturm, T. (2012) “Anxious Apocalypticism, Meaningful Millennialism.” Rabble. Fri 21

Dec. [].

 Sturm, T. (2012) “Christian Zionists Support Israel’s Risky Policy Decisions.”

Jerusalem Post. A 15, Tues. 2 Oct.

-Republished at CounterPunch. 8 Oct. 2012[


 Sturm, T. (2011) “The Day After the Rapture.” Toronto Star. A15, Sun. 22 May.


 Sturm, T. (2009) “Bible Politics and Palestinian Zionists.” Haaretz. B4, Fri. 25

Sept.  [].



Robertson, D. (2017) “Millennialism and Violence?” The Religious Studies Project

Podcast, 22 May. [].

 Marshall, J. (2015) “Blood Moon and Prophecies.” BBC Radio Newshour, 27 Sept.

8:06PM: (34:44 - 38:15)

 Ross, O. (2014) “When Good Fences Can Make Bad Neighbours.” Toronto Star. A1,

Mon. 6 Jan. [


 Bompan, E. (2010) “Intervista con Tristan Sturm: I nuovi crociati” [The New

Crusaders]. Left Avvenimenti. 26 March, pp. 45-47.


PhD: Tom Albrecht (2017- ) 1st Supervisor: “Global Climate Change Policies in

American Christian End-Times Theology”. ESRC Funded.

PhD: Megan O’Kane (2017- ) 1st Supervisor: “The Geopolitics of Fallout.” ESRC


PhD: John Erwin (2018- ) 1st Supervisor: “Illuminating the Dark Tourist Gaze in Ireland

through Emotions, Involvement and Immersion.”

PhD: Dan Webster (2017- ) 2nd Supervisor: “Ad Space”. DFE Funded. 


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