Dr Rachael Squire

Dr Rachael Squire

Rachael is a lecturer in Human Geography at Royal Holloway, University of London with specific interests in political geography, the human geographies of ocean space, and environmentally extreme contexts. Within these spatial parameters, her research and writing grapples with a range of case studies and issues circulating around the themes of volume, territory, terrain, and the elemental and non-human. This includes an engagement with historical projects, such as the US Navy’s Cold War efforts to live and work on the seafloor and utilise the resources of the continental shelf, to exploring understandings of ‘volume’ and ‘depth’ in human geography, and more recently, an interest in questions around uses of ocean space and its resources amidst the Climate Emergency.

Beyond her academic interests, Rachael has undertaken work with the UK Government Office for Science Foresight Team. Working on their Future of the Seas Project, she explored governance issues and future challenges and opportunities in ocean governance. She has also undertaken work for DCDC, engaging with Arctic futures up to 2050

How PNG lost US$120 million and the future of deep-sea mining

29th April 2020

Deep Sea Mining might not be happening in PNG, but what about elsewhere?

New species from the abyssal ocean hint at incredible deep sea diversity

27th April 2020

A Natural History Museum piece highlighting unique deep-sea biodiversity.

Deep Sea Mining at the threshold: The politics of the seabed?

24th April 2020

A blog reflecting on the politics of the deep seabed, especially in Papua New Guinea.