'Favela Painting' © Richard Smith
Please contact me if you are interested in reading for a higher research degree - PhD; MPhil; MSc by Research in Urban Studies; MSc by Research in Social Theory and Space - under my supervision. I welcome all applications; but in particular those that engage with any area of Urban Studies, Baudrillard Studies, Poststructuralism, Assemblage Theory, or Actor-Network Theory. Applications involving a critical engagement with extant literatures on global cities, world cities, so-called 'ordinary' cities, and urban networks (whether they by economic, cultural, technological, political, environmental, social, etc.) are also desirable. In a nutshell, I am happy to supervise your study for any higher research degree. I will be most effective as your supervisor if your thesis concerns social theory of a poststructuralist flavour; and/or your thesis concerns a theoretically informed examination of any topic, issue, or problem within the many literatures that constitute the field of Urban Studies.
I have extensive international knowledge and experience - having visited more than 100 countries worldwide; and presented my research at more than 50 international conferences, universities, and public events - and welcome applications from UK, EU, and International students who aim to undertake research on any of the world's cities.
Below is an example of a past PhD thesis for which I was the lead supervisor:
Dr Oli Mould, PhD (ESRC funded; Awarded 2007) on 'Sydney: brought to you by world city cultural industry actor-networks' (now a Lecturer in Human Geography, Royal Holloway, University of London) PhD PDF here See Oli's book here
How to Apply/Funding Sources
* Contact me: firstname.lastname@example.org
Once you have contacted me with an expression of interest we can discuss your application and idea for developing a research project proposal. Furthermore, I can email you information regarding how to apply for a place at Swansea; and, provide advice about relevant funding sources available to you whether you are a UK, EU, or International student. Please note that for postgraduate study at Swansea you must apply for a place at Swansea University AND - if not self-funding/already secured other funding - THEN apply for funding.
Available for media contact about:
Philosophy: Jean Baudrillard
Urban Studies: Global Cities, World Cities, International Financial Centres
Brexit: London's role, status, governance, and future as Europe's premier global city
Economics: The economic specialization of cities in globalization
Globalization: Urban challenges and leadership needs in an interconnected world
* Swansea University has a partnership with The Conversation to which I am a contributor.
Addendum About Me
Third, in Photography. I am something of an ‘amateur expert’ or ‘professional hobbyist’ when it comes to the practice of photography. But my interest is not in the practice of photography per se, but in photography as a theoretical practice. My photography concerns a metaphysical problem: the verification of reality. A focus on the absence of the real which defines my current writing/curation of a book entitled ‘Apophatic Urban Photography’. See my chapter on ‘Baudrillard’s Photographic Theory’ for The Routledge Companion to Photography Theory (published January 2018).
My website to accompany my research, writing, editing and assemblage of several books and other related projects, conferences, exhibitions and outputs about Jean Baudrillard’s philosophy is:
“Jean Baudrillard: Extreme World, Extreme Theory” URL - http://www.baudrillardstudies.com>
I am a philosopher and urbanist. Educated at Lawrence Sheriff School (Rugby, Warwickshire), University of Hull (BA Hons, 1st) and University of Bristol (PhD). My doctorate on the philosophy of Jean Baudrillard was supervised by the non-representational theorist Sir Nigel Thrift.
My research has been reported on extensively in the world’s print media (in >25 newspapers and magazines), and my journal papers are among the most highly-cited and reprinted in the world – a few examples: on ISI web of science my Cities (1999) paper has 337 citations; my Annals (2000) paper has 201 citations; one of my Progress in Human Geography (2003) papers has 73 citations and is noted as one of the fifty most frequently cited. My research is reprinted in no fewer than 9 edited collections. You can access my publications via the original sources; some are also available through 'Cronfa' (Swansea University's Research Repository), and, through academia.edu, ORCID, and other on-line portals.
Selected Current Writing
Smith RG ed. (2017) Remembering Gerry Coulter, Editor for Special Commemorative Issue of the International Journal of Baudrillard Studies
Smith RG (2017) 'Editorial: The A to Z of Baudrillard: Remembering Gerry Coulter's Scholarship', International Journal of Baudrillard Studies
Smith RG (2018) 'Baudrillard's Photographic Theory', The Routledge Companion to Photography Theory (Invited)
Smith RG (2018) 'Poststructuralist cities', in Smith RG (2018) The Companion to Urban Studies (Routledge, London)
Smith RG (2018) 'Looking Back on Un-collecting Baudrillard', in Smith RG ed. Jean Baudrillard: The Missing Pieces, Uncollected Writings and Photographs (Edinburgh University Press)
Current Book Projects Under Contract
Smith RG ed. (2018) The Companion to Urban Studies (Routledge, London)
Smith RG ed. (2018) Jean Baudrillard: The Missing Pieces, Uncollected Writings and Photographs (Edinburgh University Press)
Smith RG, Clarke DB, Turner C eds. (2018) Jean Baudrillard: Untranslated German Interviews (Seagull Books)
Smith RG, Clarke DB, Turner C eds. (2019) Jean Baudrillard: Untranslated French Interviews (Seagull Books)
Publications in press and undergoing translation
Smith RG (2017) 'Baudrillard, Jean', The Wiley Blackwell Encyclopedia of Urban and Regional Studies
Smith RG and Clarke DB eds. (2017) Jean Baudrillard: The Disappearance of Culture, Uncollected Interviews (Edinburgh University Press). Finished, published in May 2017.
Smith RG and Clarke DB (2017) ‘Introduction: Baudrillard Unplugged’, in Smith RG and Clarke DB eds. (2017) Jean Baudrillard: the Disappearance of Culture, Uncollected Interviews (Edinburgh University Press), pp. 1–10. Finished, published in May 2017.
Smith RG (2017) ‘Beyond the global-city concept and the myth of “command and control”’, in Keil R, Ren X, Brenner N eds. The Globalizing Cities Reader (Routledge, London & New York, 2nd Revised Edition). Reprint of extract from my 2014 IJURR paper, published in October 2017.
Chinese translation in progress - by Business School at University of Shanghai for Science and Technology to be republished in a Chinese journal - of: Smith RG (2014) ‘Beyond the global-city concept and the myth of “command and control”’, International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, 38 (1), January, 98–115 (published on-line June 19th [doi: 10.1111/1468-2427.12024])
A miscellaneity or 'classification of me':
(a) My Edinburgh University Press Books - Richard G Smith, (b) Edinburgh University Press Philosophy Catalogue 2016-2017 (one of my books is a Bestseller - see page 40), (c) Routledge Books, (d) Seagull Books, (e) Marx & Philosophy - a review of one of my books on Baudrillard: "This is an excellent companion for the initiated. There is an opportunity to read into the person who produced books like Simulacra and Simulation and The Gulf War Did Not Take Place. Smith and Clarke have produced a text that was an absolute joy to read for a Baudrillard fan, while also improving my understanding of his work and my appreciation of his abilities.", (f) Another review of this book did not appear in the March 2017 issue of Cultural Politics, (g) 'Nobody needs French Theory' - an extract from Jean Baudrillard: from Hyperreality to Disappearance, (h) A review of Hardback (2009) version of my book - Jean Baudrillard: Fatal Theories - published in much less expensive Paperback (2011): "If a theorist can stimulate this range of commentary, he must have done something right. And if the book were less expensive, many readers might take genuine pleasure in the authors’ ruminations.", (h) ‘Baudrillard Redux’ (Special Issue of Cultural Politics, 2011), (i) International Journal of Baudrillard Studies, (j) A debate over my paper: Baudrillard’s non-representational theory: burn the signs and journey without maps (Also see Lights, Camera, Action: Baudrillard and the Performance of Representations), (k) Poststructuralism, power and the global city, (l) Spotlight on Research - 'Favela Painting', (m) Front Cover of Swansea University Momentum Magazine, (n) The Royal Institution - Exhibition of Research as Art Winners 2015, (o) Swansea University's Research as Art Winners Announced, (p) 2015 winners on Flickr, (q) Links Magazine - 'Favela Painting', (r) London after Brexit: independence a non-starter but special status could protect global position, (s) Also see: Yahoo News; CityMetric, (t) Ordinary cities#FAIL - A debate centred upon my paper - 'The ordinary city trap' - in Environment and Planning A in 2013, (u) A couple of discussions about my research: by Sir Peter Hall (2001); and by Jane M Jacobs (2012), (v) Globalization and World Cities Research Network, (w) Powerpoint presentation of my paper: World city network: A new meta-geography?, (x) Urban Geography Research Group of the RGS-IBG, (y) Questioning scale in Urban Studies, (z) baudrillardstudies.com