About Us

Our research aims to advance theoretically informed, empirically rich, and critically engaged understandings of space and spatiality, with particular reference to modern and postmodern cities, and poststructuralist spatial theory.

We embrace a range of conceptual and methodological approaches to urban space, including poststructuralism, actor-network theory, spatial statistics, cluster analysis, and ethnography. We are especially well known for our engagements with the work of influential European social and cultural theorists and Continental philosophers: Alain Badiou, Jean Baudrillard, Zygmunt Bauman, Gilles Deleuze, Jacques Derrida, Bruno Latour, and Jacques Lacan.

Research is conducted within a wide variety of socio-spatial contexts, including consumer society, film and visual culture, performance, urban regeneration, the knowledge economy, the media, healthcare, and world cities.

The group hosts the University's Centre for Urban Theory (CUT), which is dedicated to the advancement of interdisciplinary urban theory.

Research themes and projects currently include:

Postgraduate research: PhD funding & advanced training via ESRC Wales Doctoral Training Centre

Swansea Human Geography has secured a coveted place in the ESRC's UK-wide network of doctoral training centres (DTCs) as part of the prestigious Wales Doctoral Training Centre. The Wales DTC has a considerable amount of funding available for PhD scholarships in the Human Geography pathway (as well as scholarships for other social sciences).

The Wales DTC is a consortium of leading universities, which was launched in February 2011 with a multi-million-pound investment by the UK's Economic and Social Research Council. Our partner institutions in the Wales DTC are Aberystwyth, Bangor, and Cardiff Universities, with whom we work closely to ensure that the Human Geography pathway goes from strength to strength. A central feature of the Wales DTC is the research-training provision offered to students.

Our participation in the Wales DTC ensures that our Human Geography postgraduate research students benefit from superb research training and excellent networking and other career-development opportunities. As a Human Geographer, you will be offered a mix of generic research training (such as qualitative and quantitative research methods, and research ethics) and subject-specific research training, where we focus on applying research methods to geographical topics.

The Wales DTC is part of a national network of 21 accredited Doctoral Training Centres across the UK, judged by the ESRC to deliver outstanding postgraduate training provision.


Academic staff

Prof. David Clarke (Urban culture and consumption, poststructuralism, postmodernism)

Prof. Marcus Doel (Poststructuralist geographies, critical Human Geography, libidinal economy, consumer society)

Dr Kate Evans (Geographies of embodiment, geographies of sport, the built environment, social and cultural geography)

Dr Philip Jones (Mental health and wellbeing; suicidal ideation and suicide clusters; modelling, spatial statistics and quantitative methods)

Dr Kevin Rees (High-technology industries, corporate collaboration, patenting, regional economic development)

Dr Richard Smith (Poststructuralist cities, global cities, social and cultural theory)

Dr Shengjun Zhu (Economic geography and regional development, especially in China)


Postgraduate Research Students

Russell Bagnall

Pauline Beck

Kelly Davies

Junseob Han

Amy Jones

Edward Lord

Calum Nicholson

Angela Parfitt

Anna Pigott

Tamasine Preece

Richard Reynolds

Gwendoline Wilson