The Centre is dedicated to advancing cutting-edge, internationally renowned understandings of the changing nature of urban society and space. Research undertaken within the Centre aims to develop and enhance theoretical understandings of urban space, particularly with respect to the impress of global consumer capitalism and changing media technologies.

Research focus

The Centre focuses on the advanced theorization of cities. In particular, it is concerned with developing new conceptual approaches to aid in the understanding of our increasingly complex urban societies and their increasingly global constitution. Key areas of engagement and current research specialisms include:

  • urban political economy and urban libidinal economy
  • city cultures: modern and postmodern
  • spatial applications of poststructuralism, actor-network theory, and non-representational theory
  • cities and globalization: global cities and world-city networks
  • spatio-temporal experimentation and innovative spatial practices in urban contexts
  • past, present, and future significance of media technologies for city living and urban lifestyles
  • urban visual culture and urban memory
  • financialization, subjectivity, and everyday life in cities

A broad range of other members from across campus and from other University of Wales institutions are included in the activities of the Centre.

CUT Directors

Director: Professor David Clarke

Co-Directors: Professor Marcus Doel and Dr Richard Smith

Selected Publications

Clarke D B and Doel M A, in press, “Spectral geometries: value sub specie spatii and sensuous supersensibility.” In Locating Value: Theory, Application and Critique, Eds G Hoskins and S Saville (Routledge, London).

Clarke D B, in press, “Metropolis, blood and soil: the heart of a heartless world.” GeoJournal.

Doel M A, in press, “Textual analysis.” In Key Methods in Geography, Third Edition, Eds N Clifford, M Cope, T Gillespie, and S French (Sage, Lodnon).

Doel M A, in press, “Applied Guattari: from toxic theory to loopy thinking.” Dialogues in Human Geography.

Smith R G and Clarke D B (eds), 2015 Jean Baudrillard: From Hyperreality to Disappearance. Uncollected Interviews, 1986–2011 (Edinburgh UP).

Clarke D B, 2015, “Postmodern urbanism’ in James D. Wright (editor-in-chief), International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences, Second Edition, Vol 18 (Elsevier, Oxford) pp. 670–675.

Clarke D B, 2015, “New cultural geography” and “Postmodernism.” In Wiley–AAG International Encyclopedia of Geography (Wiley, New York).

Doel M A, 2014, “And so. Some comic theory courtesy of Chris Ware and Gilles Deleuze, amongst others. Or, an explication of why comics is not a sequential art.” In Comic Book Geographies, Ed. J Dittmer (Franz Steiner, Stuttgart) pp. 161-180. ISBN 9783515102698.

Smith R G, 2014, “Satellites: cities from space.” Theory Culture & Society, website supplement to the special section on the 'Urban Problematic II' (TCS 31(7/8)).

Smith R G, 2014, “Dubai in extremis.” Theory, Culture & Society 31(7/8), 291-296 .doi:10.1177/0263276414547775

Doel M A, 2014, “Montage and geography, or, splicing splace.” You Are Here: the Journal of Creative Geography 17, 7-13.

Clarke D B, 2014, “The bathos of distance.” You Are Here: the Journal of Creative Geography 17, 20-24.

Clarke D B, 2013, “South of no north.” Progress in Human Geography 37, 842–854. doi:10.1177/0309132513500755

Clarke D B, 2013, “Urbi et orbi.” Cultural Politics 9(3), 377–380. doi: 10.1215/17432197-2347115

Clarke D B and Doel M A, 2013, “Space time" and ”Speed space.” In The Virilio Dictionary, Ed. J Armitage (Edinburgh UP) pp. 172-173, and 176-178. ISBN 9780748646838.

Smith R G, 2013, “The ordinary city trap snaps back.” Environment and Planning A 45(10), 2318-2322. doi:10.1068/a46284

Smith R G, 2013, “Beyond the global city concept and the myth of 'command and control.’” International Journal of Urban and Regional Research 38(1), 98-115. doi: 10.1111/1468-2427.12024

Smith R G, 2013, “City,” “City of Panic,” “Escape velocity” and “Third interval.” In The Virilio Dictionary, Ed. J Armitage (Edinburgh UP) pp. 50-54, 79-80, and 196-197. ISBN 9780748646838.

Doel M A, 2012, "Double crossed." In GO: On the Geographies of Gunnar Olsson, Eds C Abrahamsson and M Gren (Ashgate, Aldershot) pp. 365-374 . ISBN 9781409412380.

Beaverstock J V, Smith R G, and Taylor P J, 2011, "World city network: a new metageography?" In The City Reader, Fifth Edition, Eds R T LeGates and F Stout (Routledge, London) pp. 563-571. ISBN 041577084X.

Clarke D, 2011, “Utopologies.” Environment and Planning D: Society and Space 29(6), 951-967. doi:10.1068/d9210

Smith R G, 2011, "NY-LON." In International Handbook of Globalization and World Cities, Eds P J Taylor, B Derudder, M Hoyler, and F Witlox (Edward Elgar) pp. 720-732.

Smith R G, 2011, “Post-Marxism” and “Poststructuralism.” In The Lyotard Dictionary, Ed. S Sim (Edinburgh UP) pp. 181-183, and 190-192.

Smith R G, Clarke D B, and Doel M A, 2011, "Baudrillard Redux: Antidotes to Integral Reality." Cultural Politics (Special Issue) 7(3). doi: 10.2752/175174311X13069348235088

Smith R G and Doel M A, 2011, "Questioning the theoretical basis of current global-city research: structures, networks, and actor-networks." International Journal of Urban and Regional Research 35(1): 24–39. ISSN 03091317. doi:10.1111/j.1468-2427.2010.00940.x

Clarke D B, 2010, "The seduction of space." In Consumption and Space, Eds M Goodman, D Goodman, and M Redclift (Ashgate, Aldershot) pp. 57-78.

Clarke D B, 2010, "The limits to value." In Handbook of Social Geography, Eds S J Smith, R Pain, and J-P Jones III (Sage, London) pp. 253-268.

Clarke D B, 2010, "Dreams rise in the darkness: the white magic of cinema." Film-Philosophy 14(2): 21-40.

Clarke D B, 2010, “The seduction of space.” In Consumption and Space, Eds M Goodman, D Goodman, and M Redclift (Ashgate, Aldershot), pp. 57–78.

Clarke D B, 2010, “The limits to value.” In Handbook of Social Geography, Eds S J Smith, R Pain, and J-P Jones III (Sage, London), pp. 253–268.

Doel M A, 2010, "Representation and difference." In Taking-Place: Non-Representational Theories and Geography, Eds B Anderson and P Harrison (Ashgate, Aldershot) pp. 117–130. ISBN 9780754672791.

Smith R G (ed.), 2010, The Baudrillard Dictionary (Edinburgh UP). ISBN 9780748639212.

Smith R G, 2010, "Urban studies without 'scale': localizing the global through Singapore." In Urban Assemblages: How Actor-Network Theory Changes Urban Studies, Eds I Farias and T Bender (Routledge, London) pp. 73-90. ISBN 9780415486620.

Clarke D B, Crawford Pfannhauser V, and Doel M A (eds), 2009, Moving Pictures/Stopping Places: Hotels and Motels on Film (Lexington, Lanham, MD). ISBN 9780739128558.

Clarke D B, Doel M A, Merrin W, and Smith R G (eds), 2009, Jean Baudrillard: Fatal Theories (Routledge, London). ISBN 9780415464420.

Doel M A, 2009, "Guest Editorial: Just excess. The joy of waste." Environment and Planning D: Society and Space 27(6), 956-965. ISSN 14723433. doi:10.1068/d2706ed

Doel M A, 2009, "Miserly thinking/excessful geography: from restricted economy to global financial crisis." Environment and Planning D: Society and Space 27(6), 1054-1073. ISSN 14723433. doi:10.1068/d7307

Doel M A and Clarke D B, 2009, "The artistry of cities: Chris Ware's comic strips." In Parcitypate: Art and Urban Space, Eds T Beyes, S-T Krempl, and A Deuflhard (Niggli, Zurich) 27 pp. [unpaginated]. ISBN 9783721207194.