Dr Luke Temple

BA, MSc, PhD

School of Geography and Planning

Lecturer in Political Geography

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Dr Luke Temple
School of Geography and Planning
Room C8
Geography and Planning Building
Winter Street
S3 7ND

Luke Temple is a Lecturer in Political Geography. He completed his PhD in the Department of Geography in 2018. His thesis examined the links between citizen conceptualisations of democracy and their political participation.

His Research Associate experience includes: the multinational and inter-disciplinary LIVEWHAT Project (Living with Hard Times - How European Citizens Deal with Economic Crises and Their Social and Political Consequences); the Renewing Party Politics Project (based in the Department of Politics); and, Social Understandings of Scale - The Role of Print and Social Media in the EU Referendum Debate. He was previously co-editor of the British Politics and Policy Blog at the LSE.

He is Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. He is also a Committee Member of the Political Geographies Research Group of the Royal Geographical Society, with the Institute of British Geographers (RGS-IBG).

Research interests

Luke’s research interests cover political and electoral geography, democratic theory and democratization, political participation, and patterns of digital engagement.


Journal articles



  • Temple L & Holmshaw E (2022) Exploring citizen-led digital tools in Sheffield’s political landscape: A case study of WhoismyCouncillor? RIS download Bibtex download


Teaching activities

Alongside teaching political geographies, as a mixed-methods researcher who has published work based on quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis, Luke has an interest in methods teaching.

In particular he seeks to teach methodological approaches grounded by real-world examples, drawing from his passion studying political participation and democratic theory.

His teaching ethos is one of inclusion and debate that allows students to test and explore their ideas.

Luke has teaching experience on modules including:

  • Democracy and Citizenship –Dilemmas and Tensions
  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Putting Human Geography into Practice
  • Geographical Skills, Methods and Techniques
  • Advanced Quantitative Methods
  • Critical Digital Geographies
  • Territory, Power and Policy