Areas of expertise include: Urban Theory; Consumer Culture; Value; Cinematic Space; Vision, Visuality, and Visual Technologies; Subjectivity; the Unconscious; Structuralism and Poststructuralism

Publications

  1. A new perspective on how humans assess their surroundings; derivation of head orientation and its role in ‘framing’ the environment. PeerJ 3, e908
  2. & Cinematicity: City and cinema after Deleuze. Journal of Urban Cultural Studies 3(1), 3-11.
  3. Metropolis, blood and soil: the heart of a heartless world. GeoJournal 80(6), 821-838.
  4. & (Eds.). Jean Baudrillard: from Hyperreality to Disappearance. Uncollected Interviews. Edinburgh/New York: Edinburgh University Press/Oxford University Press.
  5. & Not forgetting Baudrillard. In Smith, R. G. and Clarke, D. B. (Ed.), Jean Baudrillard: from Hyperreality to Disappearance. Uncollected Interviews. (pp. 1-6). Edinburgh/New York: Edinburgh University Press/Oxford University Press.

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Teaching

  • GEC333 Ffiniau Ymchwil Daearyddol

    This module provides students with the opportunity to demonstrate their competence as a Geographer by undertaking a critical analysis of a wide variety of literature-based sources in order to develop a cogent, substantial, and persuasive argument. While the Dissertation in Geography normally focuses on the design and execution of an evidenced-based research project that assesses the capacity of students to undertake effective data analysis and interpretation, the purpose of this module is to assess the extent to which students are capable of engaging with the academic literature at the frontier of a particular part of Geography. Students select from a wide range of research frontiers in Human and Physical Geography that have been identified by the academic staff within the Department. Given that this module emphasizes student-centred learning, none of the frontiers will have been covered in other modules, although in many cases modules will have taken students up to some of these frontiers. However, to orientate students and provide them with suitable points of departure and way-stations, there will be a brief introduction to each frontier and a short list of pivotal references disseminated via Blackboard. (Note: The topic selected by you must not overlap with the subject of your Dissertation. If there is any doubt about potential overlap, this must be discussed with your Dissertation Support Group supervisor and agreed in writing.)

  • GEG104 People Place and Nation

    The module examines the complex relationships between people and the societies they create, and the different geographical locations and scales through which these relationships are experienced. Part 1 explores connections between the world-system and everyday life. Topics such as consumption and the media demonstrate how the global system is literally `brought home¿. Part 2 considers the social and cultural geographies of cities and the ways in which social and cultural processes of identity formation and exclusion operate in different cities. Part 3 examines national identity and the continued significance of the nation to the contemporary world, outlining how the nation and national identity have been understood theoretically and providing case-studies of how nations have been imagined as geographical entities.

  • GEG252B Geographical Fieldwork skills: Berlin

    The module is concerned with identifying and defining geographical questions in Berlin and applying the relevant geographical skills, knowledge and techniques to these questions. The general aims are to observe, analyse and achieve an understanding of the varied geographies and landscapes of the city. The emphasis is on the cultural, political, urban and economic geographies of Berlin, focussing on landscapes of power and memory, counter-culture and gentrification, and the economic transformation of post-Socialist Berlin. The module comprises preparatory lectures and small-group preparation work in Swansea, and a week's fieldwork in Berlin. Assessment is entirely through coursework.

  • GEG263A Conducting Social Research - Methods

    The module covers research project design and data collection methods. Students are introduced to the availability of different data sources and to the predominant research methods in human geography and the social sciences, including questionnaire surveys, secondary data sources, focus groups, interviews, participant observation and ethnography, and visual and textual methodologies.

  • GEG265 Approaches to Human Geography

    This module aims to introduce students to the history and philosophy of Human Geography and the range of alternative approaches characterizing the discipline. In addition to conveying the main approaches and their evolution, their implications in terms of research practice are given particular emphasis. The way in which alternative approaches to human geography have developed and what this entails for research is approached partly through lectures on key paradigms and thinkers in the history of the discipline and a literature review.

  • GEG268 Dissertation Preparation

    The module prepares students for their independent research dissertation through dissertation fairs, lectures and a series of tutorials focusing upon the formulation and construction of a research proposal. The module also includes three lectures which explore career opportunities for Geography graduates and skills to enhance graduate employability.

  • GEG331 Dissertation Report: Geography

    The dissertation is an original, substantive and independent research project in an aspect of Geography. It is typically based on approximately 20 - 25 days of primary research and several weeks of analysis and write-up. The end result must be less than 10,000 words of text. The dissertation offers you the chance to follow your personal interests and to demonstrate your capabilities as a Geographer. During the course of your dissertation you will be supported by a student-led discussion group and a staff supervisor, and you will also provide constructive criticism to fellow students undertaking related research projects, learning from their research problems and subsequent solutions. This support and supervision is delivered through the 'Dissertation Support' module, which is a co-requisite.

  • GEG332 Dissertation Support: Geography

    This module provides structured, student-led peer-group support and academic staff group supervision for students undertaking the 30-credit 'Dissertation Report: Geography' module. This support and supervision is assessed through the submission of a PowerPoint Poster in TB1 and the submission in TB2 of an individually composed, critical and reflective log of the 5 dissertation peer-group meetings and the 4 group supervisory meetings (with a verified record of attendance at meetings). Working within a supervised Student Peer Group, you will also have the opportunity to provide constructive criticism to fellow students undertaking related research projects, learning from their research problems and subsequent solutions. This module complements the 'Dissertation Report: Geography' module, which is a co-requisite.

  • GEGM16 Advanced Research in Human Geography

    This module explores the ways in which contemporary theoretical, epistemological and methodological debates in the social sciences inform research in Human Geography and aims to develop students' understandings of the distinctive contribution of Geographical knowledge to these debates. Students engage with the Human Geography research community and enhance their ability to reflect critically on their own research practice. The module comprises a series of reading-group meetings plus an intensive residential Theory School run in collaboration with the Institute of Geography and Earth Sciences, Aberystwyth University and the School of City and Regional Planning, Cardiff University, under the auspices of the Economic and Social Research Council¿s Wales Doctoral Training Centre (DTC).

Supervision

  • Walking Wales: Global Positioning and Sense of Place (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Sergei Shubin
  • Broadband in rural Wales: Another dimension of the urban-rural divide (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Keith Halfacree
  • 'Fight or Flight? Local Governance During the Retrenchment & Reorganisation Epoch' (current)

    Student name:
    MSc
    Other supervisor: Prof Marcus Doel
  • Ethnic Groups and Multi-culturalism in Seoul and London (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Amanda Rogers
  • Negotiating Urban and Wilderness Environments: Tracking Environmental and Mediated Information Use (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Andrew Parrott
  • ‘An Area the Size of Wales:’ Environmental Attitudes and the Geographical Imagination (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Amanda Rogers
  • 'Education for Sustainable Development and Global Citizenship in Adult and Community Learning: From Policy to Pedagogy' (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Keith Halfacree
    Other supervisor: Prof Roland Axtmann
    Other supervisor: Dr Mark Evans
  • Untitled (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Amanda Rogers
  • Untitled (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Pyrs Gruffudd