Professor David / Dave Clarke
Professor in Human Geography
Telephone: (01792) 602317
Room: Academic Office - 203 A
Second Floor
Wallace Building
Singleton Campus

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


  1. Clarke, D., Clarke, D. Memento and the Haussmannization of Memory (Ed.),
  2. Clarke, D., Doel, M., Clarke, D. Spectral geometries: value _sub specie spatii_ and sensuous supersensibility (Ed.), Locating Value: Theory, Application and Critique London Routledge
  3. Clarke, D., Clarke, D. Metropolis, blood and soil: the heart of a heartless world GeoJournal 80 6 821 838
  4. Clarke, D., Smith, R., Clarke, D. Not forgetting Baudrillard (Ed.), Jean Baudrillard: from Hyperreality to Disappearance. Uncollected Interviews 1 6 Edinburgh/New York Edinburgh University Press/Oxford University Press
  5. Doel, M., Clarke, D., Clarke, D. Through a net darkly: spatial expression from glossematics to schizoanalysis (Ed.), Why Guattari? A Liberation of Politics, Cartography, and Ecology London Routledge

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  • GEC265 Ymdrin â Daearyddiaeth Ddynol

    Bwriad y modiwl hwn yw cyflwyno myfyrwyr i hanes ac athroniaeth daearyddiaeth ddynol, a'r wahanol ffyrdd o ymdrin â'r ddisgyblaeth. Yn ogystal â chyfleu syniad o'r prif ymatebion hyn a'u hesblygiad, roddwyd pwyslais hefyd ar eu pwysigrwydd yn nhermau ymarferion ymchwil. Bydd myfyrwyr yn archwilio datblygiad y wahanol ffyrdd o ymdrin â daearyddiaeth ddynol a beth yw goblygiadau hyn i ymchwil trwy astudio ffigurau allweddol yn hanes y disgyblaeth. Mae'r cysylltiad rhwng yr ymatebion ymchwil damcaniaethol ac ymarferol a fydd hefyd yn cael ei amlygu drwy greu: portffolio gr¿p; adolygiad llenyddiaeth unigol. 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 implication 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 student-centred investigation of key figures in the history of the discipline. The link between conceptual approaches and research practice are also highlighted in the creation of a group portfolio and an individual literature review.

  • GEG131 Cities

    Cities have captured the cultural imagination for centuries as blueprints of possible future lives, but they are also the places of the most pressing social struggles of our time. This module will introduce you to these issues by examining both urbanization - the process of city-making - and the various ways that Geographers study that process.

  • 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 culture and everyday life in the city. 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.

  • 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).

  • GEGM19 Advanced Research Methods in Human Geography

    This module provides advanced social science research training as required by the ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership. It is run collaboratively in conjunction with staff from Aberystwyth and Cardiff Universities as part of the Human Geography Pathway of the ESRC DTP and can form part of the '1' (Masters) of a '1+3' research training programme. The module is delivered through two intensive workshop-style seminars, held at Swansea, Cardiff, or Aberystwyth (locations will vary annually), each dedicated to a key style of research. Exemplary themes include Ethnographic Methods for Fieldwork in Human Geography' and 'Critical Methods of Spatial Analysis.' Each event will follow a similar format mixing lecture/seminar presentations with hands-on workshops and discussion sessions, and will be guided by the research interests of participants.


  • Between City and Nation of Sanctuary: Examining the Political Geographies of Asylum and Hospitality in Wales (current)

    Other supervisor: Dr Angharad Closs Stephens
  • Geographic information in financial markets and the development of land economies for the governance of climate change. (current)

    Other supervisor: Dr Keith Halfacree
  • Urban Art-practice and Cultural Flowerings: Case studies of Ideas, People, Places (current)

    Other supervisor: Dr Amanda Rogers
  • David Harvey’s Concept of Historical Geographical Materialism: A Critical Assessment (current)

    Other supervisor: Dr Christopher Muellerleile
  • Walking Wales: exploring the experience of people who walk the Wales Coast Path (awarded 2020)

    Other supervisor: Prof Sergei Shubin
  • Relations, Viewpoints, Knowledge and Boundaries in the Multicultural City: A Study of London and Seoul (awarded 2019)

    Other supervisor: Dr Amanda Rogers
  • ''''Migration & Terrorism: Public perception of the ''migrant'' (awarded 2019)

    Other supervisor: Dr Martina Tazzioli
  • 'Education for Sustainable Development and Global Citizenship in Adult and Community Learning: From Policy to Pedagogy' (awarded 2019)

    Other supervisor: Dr Keith Halfacree
    Other supervisor: Prof Roland Axtmann
    Other supervisor: Dr Mark Evans
  • Negotiating Urban and Wilderness Environments: Tracking Environmental and Mediated Information Use «br /»«br /» (awarded 2018)

    Other supervisor: Prof Andrew Parrott
  • From the margins to the mainstream: imagining socioecological futures in Wales (awarded 2018)

    Other supervisor: Dr Amanda Rogers
  • Broadband in rural Wales: Another dimension of the urban-rural divide (awarded 2017)

    Other supervisor: Dr Keith Halfacree