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Room: Academic Office - 220
Second Floor
Wallace Building
Singleton Campus

Find me... Room 220 of the Wallace building on Swansea University's Singleton Campus
Mail me... Department of Geography, College of Science, Swansea University, Swansea SA2 8PP
Know me... "I don't like points" (Gilles Deleuze); "Had forgot what others still tried to grasp" (Mark E Smith)
Follow me... @MarcusDoel on Twitter

My current research interests ...
• Poststructuralist geography, post-Marxist geography & deconstructive geography
• The spatial thought of Alain Badiou, Jean Baudrillard, Gilles Deleuze & Jacques Derrida 
• Violent geographies, especially in connection with Modernity and the mutations of Capitalism
• Modern and postmodern consumer culture, especially in urban contexts
• Libidinal economy, political economy & spatial theory 
• Financialization of everyday life and the formation of financial subjectivities
• Workspace, professionalism & identity in general practice, community pharmacy & community nursing 
• Film, visual culture & the optical unconscious; graphic novels, postmodern literature
• Paul Auster, Donald Barthelme, Robert Coover, Jim Jarmusch, Lars von Trier & Chris Ware

"If things were simple, word would have gotten around" (Jacques Derrida)

Areas of Expertise

  • Philosophy of Geography
  • Social and Spatial Theory
  • Poststructuralism
  • Deconstruction
  • Urban Theory
  • Consumer Culture
  • Cinematic Geographies
  • Literary Geographies


  1. Civic space—and desire—deranged: from Le Corbusier to Georges Perec. In Civic Spaces and Desire. (pp. 20-37). London: Routledge.
  2. Rewriting the Disaster: Body-Bagged Earthworks, Postmortem Landscapes, and the De-Scription of Fukushima. GeoHumanities 5(1), 237-266.
  3. Geographies of Violence: Killing Space, Killing Time. London: Sage.
  4. The swamp of signs. In Media's Mapping Impulse. Mainz, Germany: Johannes Gutenberg-University.
  5. & Through a net darkly: spatial expression from glossematics to schizoanalysis. In JD Dewsbury, Joe Gerlach, and Thomas Jellis (Ed.), Why Guattari? A Liberation of Cartographies, Ecologies and Politics. (pp. 19-33). London: Routledge.
  6. The Anthropocene as death trap and counterfeit currency (perish the thought). In Arun Saldanha and Hannah Stark (Ed.), Earth Shatters: The Deleuzian Anthropocene. Lincoln, NE: Nebraska University Press.
  7. & Spectral geometries: value sub specie spatii and sensuous supersensibility. In Locating Value: Theory, Application and Critique (eds G Hoskins and S Saville). London: Routledge.
  8. Book Review: Topoi/Graphein: Mapping the Middle in Spatial Thought. By C. Abrahamsson, University of Nebraska Press, Lincoln, NE, 2018.. Social & Cultural Geography, 1-2.
  9. Literary space uncut. Literary Geographies 4(1), 42-49.
  10. & How Are University Gyms Used by Staff and Students? A Mixed-Method Study Exploring Gym Use, Motivation, and Communication in Three UK Gyms. Societies 8(1), 15
  11. Book Review: Weathered: Cultures of Climate. By M. Hulme, Sage, London, 2017.. The Holocene 27(10), 1608-1609.
  12. Book Review: Violence in Capitalism: Devaluing Life in an Age of Responsibility. By J. Tyner, University of Nebraska Press, Lincoln, NE, 2016.. cultural geographies 25(4), 653-654.
  13. & Cinematicity: City and cinema after Deleuze. Journal of Urban Cultural Studies 3(1), 3-11.
  14. Textual analysis. In Nick Clifford, Meghan Cope, Thomas Gillespie and Shaun French (Ed.), Key Methods in Geography (Third Edition). (pp. 217-232). London: Sage.
  15. & “Lives at Risk” Study: Philosophical and Ethical Implications of Using Narrative Inquiry in Health Services Research. In Thomas Schramme and Stephen Edwards (Ed.), Handbook of the Philosophy of Medicine. (pp. 1-18). Springer Netherlands.
  16. Applied Guattari: From toxic theory to loopy thinking. Dialogues in Human Geography 5(2), 167-171.
  17. & Qualitative research and its methods in epilepsy: contributing to an understanding of patients’ lived experiences of the disease. Epilepsy and Behavior 45, 94-100.
  18. & Wider consultation on Pulmonary Rehabilitation for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung / Forum: Qualitative Social Research 16(1)
  19. Montage and geography, or, splicing splace. You Are Here: the Journal of Creative Geography 17, 7-13.
  20. 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 Jason Dittmer (Ed.), Comic Book Geographies. (pp. 161-180). Stuttgart: Franz Steiner.
  21. & Nominal Group Technique consultation of a Pulmonary Rehabilitation Programme. F1000Research
  22. & Space-time. In John Armitage (Ed.), The Virilio Dictionary. (pp. 172-173). Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.
  23. & Speed-space. In John Armitage (Ed.), The Virilio Dictionary. (pp. 176-178). Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.
  24. & Obtaining consensus from mixed groups: an adapted nominal group technique. British Journal of Medicine & Medical Research 3(3), 491-502.
  25. Double crossed. In Christian Abrahamsson and Martin Gren (Ed.), GO: On the Geographies of Gunnar Olsson. (pp. 365-367). Aldershot: Ashgate.
  26. & Obtaining consensus regarding patient-centred professionalism in community nursing: Nominal Group Work activity with professionals and the public. Journal of Advanced Nursing 68(11)-2442.
  27. & Questioning the theoretical basis of current global-city research: structures, networks and actor-networks. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research 35(1), 24
  28. & Mushrooms in post-traditional culture: apropos of a book by Terence McKenna. Journal for Cultural Research 15(4), 389-408.
  29. & Baudrillard redux: antidotes to integral reality. Cultural Politics 7(3), 325-337.
  30. & Jean Baudrillard, Zygmunt Bauman, and Paul Virilio. In Phil Hubbard and Rob Kitchin (Ed.), Key Thinkers on Space and Place. London: Sage.
  31. & Gilles Deleuze. In Phil Hubbard and Rob Kitchin (Ed.), Key Thinkers on Space and Place. (pp. 141-147). London: Sage.
  32. & Patient-centred professionalism and its impact on community pharmacists. The Pharmaceutical Journal 286, 112
  33. Representation and difference. In Ben Anderson and Paul Harrison (Ed.), Taking-Place: Non-Representational Theories and Geography. (pp. 117-130). Aldershot: Ashgate.
  34. Analysing cultural texts. In Nick Clifford, Shaun French, and Gill Valentine (Ed.), In Key Methods in Geography. (pp. 485-496). London: Sage.
  35. Production – Seduction. In Richard Smith (Ed.), The Baudrillard Dictionary. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.
  36. & Eleven themes of patient-centred professionalism in community pharmacy: innovative approaches to consulting. International Journal of Pharmacy Practice 18(5), 260
  37. & Obtaining consensus regarding patient-centred professionalism in community pharmacy: nominal group work activity with professionals, stakeholders, and members of the public. International Journal of Pharmacy Practice 18(3), 149-158.
  38. & Narrating uncertainties about treatment of mental health conditions. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology 45(3), 371
  39. Just excess. The joy of waste. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space 27(6), 1054-1073.
  40. Miserly thinking/excessful geography: from restricted economy to global financial crisis. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space 27(6), 1054-1073.
  41. & The artistry of cities: Chris Ware's comic strips. In Timon Beyes, Sophie-Theresa Krempl, and Amelie Deuflhard (Ed.), ParCITYpate: Art and Urban Space. Sulgen: Verlag Niggli AG.
  42. & Challenges to UK community pharmacy: a bio-photographic study of workspace in relation to professional pharmacy practice. Medical Humanities 35(2), 110
  43. & “Convenient space” or “a tight squeeze”: Insider views on the community pharmacy. Health & Place 15(1), 315
  44. (Eds.). Jean Baudrillard: Fatal Theories. London: Routledge.
  45. & Introduction: The Evil Genius of Jean Baudrillard. In David Clarke, Marcus Doel, William Merrin, and Richard Smith (Ed.), Jean Baudrillard: Fatal Theories. (pp. 1-14). London: Routledge.
  46. Commentary on Jean Baudrillard's "On disappearance". In David Clarke, Marcus Doel, William Merrin, and Richard Smith (Ed.), Jean Baudrillard: Fatal Theories. (pp. 35-37). London: Routledge.
  47. & (Eds.). Moving Pictures/Stopping Places: Hotels and Motels on Film. Lanham, MD: Lexington.
  48. & Checking in. In David Clarke, Valery Crawford Pfannhauser, and Marcus Doel (Ed.), Moving Pictures/Stopping Places: Hotels and Motels on Film. (pp. 1-12). Lanham, MD: Lexington.
  49. Dialectics revisited. Reality discharged. Environment and Planning A 40(11), 2631-2640.
  50. Poststructuralist geographies: the essential selection. In Chris Philo (Ed.), Theory and Methods: Critical Essays in Human Geography. (pp. 485-810). Aldershot: Ashgate.
  51. From animated photography to film: the formation of vernacular relativity in early English films (1895-1908). In (pp. 87-99). Stuttgart, Germany: Franz Steiner Verlag.
  52. & The doctor's tale: enacted workspace and the general practitioner. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung / Forum: Qualitative Social Research 9(2)
  53. The man who fell to Earth and mistook himself for a map: Gunnar Olsson's Abysmal: A Critique of Cartographic Reason (Chicago UP, 2007). Progress in Human Geography 33(2), 280-285.
  54. & Afterimages. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space 25(5), 890-910.
  55. & Shooting space, tracking time: the city from animated photography to vernacular relativity. Cultural Geographies 14(4)-609.
  56. & Snapshots and snippets: general practitioners’ reflections on professional space. Health & Place 13(2)-544.
  57. Classics in human geography revisited. Commentary on Dear M, 1988: The postmodern challenge: reconstructing human geography. Progress in Human Geography 31(5)-685.
  58. & (Eds.). The Consumption Reader. London: Routledge.
  59. Gunnar Olsson's transformers: the art and politics of rendering the co-relation of society and space in monochrome and technicolor. Antipode 35(1), 140-167.
  60. 1a. Qualified quantitative geography. Environment and Planning A, 555-572.
  61. Poststructuralist Geographies: The Diabolical Art of Spatial Science. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.


  • GEG133 Dangerous Earth: Understanding and Living with Natural Hazards

    This module investigates hazardous aspects of Earth¿s natural environment and how society relates to them. Introductory principles include the definition of natural hazard, disaster, risk and loss, and approaches to reducing risk and managing disasters. Major types of natural hazard are studied in order to understand how they operate, where, and how frequently they are likely to occur. Hazardous consequences are explored, as well as how society can respond to hazardous events. Key aspects include discussion of primary and secondary hazards, prediction, forecasting and monitoring of hazards, and understanding how their harmful effects can be minimised. Natural hazards considered during this module include volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, tsunamis, wildfires, landslides, extreme weather events, flooding, avalanches and Mega Hazards. Lectures consider general principles as well as case studies. Practical classes reinforce concepts learned in lectures. The practical aspect of the work will culminate in a disaster management simulation day.

  • GEG252N Geographical Fieldwork skills: New York

    The module is concerned with identifying and defining geographical questions in New York City 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 and urban geographies of New York, focussing on landscapes of power, gentrification and resistance, and multiculturalism and diaspora. The module comprises preparatory lectures and small-group preparation work in Swansea, and a week's fieldwork in New York. 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.

  • GEG306 Violent Geographies

    The modern world has proven itself to be incredibly brutal and destructive, with the last century being the most destructive century in human history. Not only have new forms of violence and ruination been brought into being and their operation intensified and accelerated (from the industrial slaughter of animals and humans to the wholesale annihilation of environments and populations), but the future itself has been increasingly recast as catastrophic, apocalyptic, and dystopian. It is arguably easier to imagine the end of the world than the end of the modern, capitalist world system. This module explores the violent geographies of the modern world, with particular emphasis on revolutionary, biopolitical, quotidian, and financial violence. A key consideration is the extent to which the alternative `Capitalism or Barbarism¿ will be swept away by a resurgence of `Communism.¿

  • 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.

  • GEG333 Geographical Research Frontiers

    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.)

  • GEGM15 Qualitative Research Methods

    This module provides an introduction to the main data-sources and analysis methods used in qualitative research. In addition to covering the key conceptual and epistemological issues associated with qualitative research design, the module provides an introduction to a range of qualitative techniques used in social science research including questionnaire design, interviewing, observational methods, visual methodologies and textual analysis. Issues associated with combining a mixture of qualitative methods are also considered. The strengths and limitations of various techniques are explored with particular emphasis on issues of reliability, validity and representativeness.

  • 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).


  • Developing a theoretical model for conflict around social licence to operate in the mining sector, utilising examples from South Eastern Europe. (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Dr Sergei Shubin
  • The Taste of Austerity: exploring food insecurity in Bristol (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Dr Angharad Closs Stephens
  • Remembering tear gas use over the last 100 years. (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Dr Angharad Closs Stephens
  • Exploring the role of cultural capital in the macro-regional integration of migrants from new Member States in France and the United Kingdom (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Dr Sergei Shubin
  • From City to Nation of Sanctuary: Examining the Political Geographies of Citizenship and Hospitality (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Dr Angharad Closs Stephens

Administrative Responsibilities

  • Deputy Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research & Innovation)

    2011 - Present

  • Deputy Head of College - College of Science

    2011 - 2014

Career History

Start Date End Date Position Held Location
2000 Present Professor of Human Geography Swansea University
1996 2000 Senior Lecturer in Human Geography Loughborough University
1991 1995 Lecturer in Human Geography Liverpool JMU

External Responsibilities

Research Groups

  • Social Theory and Urban Space

    The Group's 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.

Key Grants and Projects

  • Tenovus Cancer Charity 2014 - 2015

    Lives at risk: biographic, photographic and spoken accounts of what it means to be ‘at risk’ of breast cancer, with Frances Rapport et al.

  • Arts Council Wales 2014 - 2015

    From the station to the sea ... An Ideas – People – Places project, with Volcano Theatre, Coastal Housing Group, et al.

  • EPSRC Bridging the Gaps at Swansea 2014 - 2014

    Gym use and gym culture in Higher Education, with Frances Rapport et al.

  • EPSRC Bridging the Gaps at Swansea 2011 - 2013

    New financial subjects in new financial times, with Shaun French (Nottingham University), Yvonne Jones & Y Dwivedi

  • Hywel Dda NHS Health Board: Research & Development Research Grants 2012 - 2012

    Qualitative health assessment following pulmonary rehabilitation treatment for COPD: a mixed-method consultation study with patients, carers & professionals, with Frances Rapport et al.