Last Keynote Address ('Global Cities and Luxury Real Estate')

Next Keynote Address ('Baudrillard's Photographic Theory')

After Next Keynote Address (MACRO, Rome: 'Baudrillard's Strange World')

I am a poststructuralist theorist and urban geographer with expertise in two overlapping research fields:

Baudrillard Studies: Editor of the International Journal of Baudrillard Studies. Published numerous articles, special issues, and books - e.g. Jean Baudrillard: Fatal Theories (Routledge), The Baudrillard Dictionary (EUP), ‘Baudrillard Redux’ (Special Issue of Cultural Politics), Jean Baudrillard: from Hyperreality to Disappearance: Uncollected Interviews (EUP), Jean Baudrillard: the Disappearance of Culture: Uncollected Interviews (EUP), Jean Baudrillard: penser à voix haute, entretiens 1968–2008 (PUF). Organized the first (2006) and second (2018) major international & multidisciplinary conferences on Baudrillard's work. Current scholarship and research is focused on urban space, photography, curating a 'Collecting Baudrillard' exhibition, and the completion of numerous books and other writings. For details visit:

Poststructuralist Urban Studies: pioneered new poststructuralist network and assemblage approaches - research on world cities has been reported on extensively in the world’s print media, is among the most highly-cited and reprinted in the world, and has recently been translated into Chinese. Research on world cities features in the AS/A Level Geography syllabus, and current service to the wider discipline concerns editing of a major textbook The Companion to Urban Studies (Routledge, 2019). Latest research/writing is concerned with a poststructualist aproach to skyscrapers, favela painting, the architecture of Jean Nouvel, and 'London after Brexit' (see TED talk); and with introducing, explaining, developing, and inventing an approach to Urban Studies that is founded on the philosophy of Jean Baudrillard. See ‘Baudrillard’ in Wiley Blackwell Encyclopedia of Urban and Regional Studies (2018). For details visit:

Areas of Expertise

  • Baudrillard Studies
  • Poststructuralist Urban Studies
  • Global Cities


  1. (Eds.). Jean Baudrillard: penser à voix haute, entretiens 1968–2008. Paris: Presses Universitaires de France.
  2. Introduction: Baudrillard Live!. In Jean Baudrillard: penser à voix haute, entretiens 1968–2008. Paris: Presses Universitaires de France.
  3. In Memoriam G.C.. In The Routledge Companion to Photography Theory. London: Routledge.
  4. & The Disappearance of Culture. In Baudrillard -- pseudo actes (edited by Diane S. Rubenstein & Marine Dupuis Baudrillard). Singapore: Delere Press.
  5. (2018). Special Issue: Remembering Gerry Coulter . (International Journal of Baudrillard Studies No. 15).
  6. The A to Z of Baudrillard: Remembering Gerry Coulter's Scholarship. International Journal of Baudrillard Studies 15(1)
  7. Baudrillard, Jean. In The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Urban and Regional Studies.
  8. 超越全球城市治理和“指挥与控制”的迷思.. 治理研究 180(2), 93-104.
  9. Baudrillard, Jean. In Bloomsbury Handbook of Literary and Cultural Theory. (pp. 387-388). London: Bloomsbury.
  10. Beyond the Global City Concept and the Myth of ‘Command and Control’. In The Globalizing Cities Reader. (pp. 413-418). London: Routledge.

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  • 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.

  • GEG108H Geographical Methods: Field Project Practicals (for Human Geography Students)

    The module focuses on the humanist approach of mental mapping. The project involves learning about the humanist approach, interviewing people in Swansea city centre to collect primary data, and qualitative and quantitative data analysis to produce a mental map that can be interpreted. As well as introducing students to the humanist approach, mental mapping, interviewing, and qualitative and quantitative data analysis, the module also serves to develop a student's capacity to: confidently undertake fieldwork; work effectively in a team; manipulate, analyse and present data; and understand how to conduct research within a philosophical framework. The module requires each student to write an individual project report, applying the analytic and descriptive skills acquired in GEG100.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.)

  • GEG352 World Cities

    The world's cities are networked together through globalization and consequently demonstrate similar economic, social, cultural, and political characteristics. The module introduces students to a neo-Marxist literature on world and global cities which has attempted to explain that phenomenon by envisioning the global economy as controlled and/or commanded through a few major cities. The step-by-step construction, from 1972 to date, of the neo-Marxist world and global city concepts is detailed, before subsequently introducing students to the interlocking world city network model and a broader 'quantitative turn' in the research field. Finally, the neo-Marxist concepts are critiqued to enable students to be introduced to an alternative intransitive and immanent poststructuralist approach to understanding cities as networks which not only recasts the conceptual apparatus ¿ boundaries, centrality, network, place, power, scale, space, territory, time ¿ and empirical approach of urban studies, but also effectively critiques and overturns the neo-Marxist world city, global city, and interlocking world city network concepts, to understand cities not only as connected, but as always striving to prohibit and disguise their unbinding and destabilization as networked assemblages.

  • 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.


  • Effects of second-home ownership on gentrification in coastal communities (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Prof Marcus Doel
  • An Investigation of Quality of Urban Life (QoUL) - A Case Study: The City of Medina, Saudi Arabia (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Dr Sergei Shubin

Academic History

Date Qualification Location
2018 Senior Fellow Higher Education Academy (pending) Swansea University
January 2017 CIEH Level 3 Award in First Aid at Work Swansea University
1995 PhD (Pass no corrections; Examined: Prof Trevor Barnes) University of Bristol (Supervisor: Professor Sir Nigel Thrift)
July 1992 BA (Hons) Geography, First class honours University of Hull

Administrative Responsibilities

  • Head of Year 3 Undergraduate Studies - Geography

    2016 - Present

  • Dissertations Coordinator (Year 3) - Department of Geography

    2016 - Present

  • Departmental Research Group Committee - Department of Geography

    2016 - Present

  • Acting Head of Year 2 - Department of Geography

    2016 - 2016

  • Course Director - MSc by Research in Urban Studies

    2011 - Present

  • Course Director - MPhil in Urban Studies

    2011 - Present

  • REF Impact Lead - Department of Geography

    2010 - 2016

  • REF Team Committee Member - Department of Geography

    2010 - 2016

  • Multi-Disciplinary Seminars on Networks Lead Co-Organizer

    2012 - 2013

  • Course Director MRes Urban Studies - Department of Geography

    2011 - 2014

  • Examinations Officer - Department of Geography

    2011 - 2014

  • REF Team Committee Member - Department of Geography

    2010 - 2016

  • School/Department Unfair Practice Officer - Department of Geography

    2008 - 2011

  • Centre for Urban Theory Seminar Organizer - Department of Geography

    2007 - Present

  • Human Geography Strategy Coordinator/Chair - Department of Geography

    2006 - 2014

  • Departmental Research Seminar Organizer - Department of Geography

    2006 - 2011

  • Member of Internal RAE Selection Working Group - Department of Geography

    2006 - 2007

  • School Learning and Teaching Committee - Department of Geography

    2006 - 2007

  • Co-Director - Centre for Urban Theory

    2006 - Present

  • Geography Board of Studies - Department of Geography

    2006 - Present

  • International (i.e. Erasmus, Study Abroad) Tutor - Department of Geography

    2005 - 2006

  • Member of European Sub-Committee - Department of Geography

    2005 - 2006

  • Course Director Taught MSc in Human Geography - Department of Geography

    2004 - 2005

  • Board Member Faculty Social Sciences Graduate Studies Committee

    2003 - 2005

  • Examination Paper Review Officer - Department of Geography

    2002 - 2004

  • Chair of Exam Paper Committee - Department of Geography

    2002 - 2004

  • Member of Administration and Progress Committee - Department of Geography

    2002 - 2003

  • Member of Administration and Progress Committee - Department of Geography

    2002 - 2003

  • Course Director MSc n Research in Human Geography - Department of Geography

    2001 - 2005

  • Joint Course Director MSc in Research in GIS and Human Geography - Department of Geography

    2001 - 2005

  • Member Postgraduate Committee - Department of Geography

    2001 - 2005

  • Member Board of the Faculty of Arts Committee - Department of Geography

    1999 - 2004

  • Member of Exam Paper Committee - Department of Geography

    1999 - 2002

  • Dissertations Officer - Department of Geography

    1999 - 2001

  • Careers Officer - Department of Geography

    1999 - 2001

  • Member Faculty of the Arts Learning and Teaching Committee - Department of Geography

    1999 - 2001

  • Member of Departmental Learning and Teaching Committee - Department of Geography

    1999 - 2001

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.

  • CUT (Centre for Urban Theory)

    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.

Awards And Prizes

Date Description
2015 LOCWS International Illumination in Engagement Prize, Research as Art, EPSRC, for 'Favela Painting'
January 1997 Elected Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)
1993 ESRC Postgraduate Studentship (1993-1995)
1992 Phyllis Mary Morris Research Scholarship, University of Bristol (1992-1995)

Career History

Start Date End Date Position Held Location
2013 Present Associate Professor (Reader) Swansea University
2007 2013 Senior Lecturer Swansea University
2006 2007 Lecturer University of Wales Swansea
1998 2006 Lecturer University of Leicester
1997 1998 Research Associate Loughborough University

Key Grants and Projects

  • College of Science Research Fund Award 2018

    , £3649

  • Erasmus+ Staff Mobility Grant 2017

    Visiting Professor, Université d’Angers, France (£1255)

  • Santander Mobility Fund 2016


  • Santander Mobility Fund 2015


  • College of Science Research Fund Award 2014


  • College of Science Research Fund Award 2014


  • Santander Mobility Fund 2014


  • College of Science Research Fund Award 2013


  • College of Science Research Fund Award 2013


  • 'Interdisciplinary Seminars on Networks' 2012 - 2013

    £7500, EPSRC - Bridging the Gaps

  • College of Science Research Fund Award 2012


  • French Embassy Award 2006


  • Economy and Society Award 2006


  • British Academy Overseas Conference Grant 2004


  • Korean Research Fund 2000


  • British Academy Overseas Conference Grant 2000


  • RGS-IBG British Academy Grant 2000


  • British Academy Committee for South-East Asian Studies Research Grant 2000

    Visiting Scholar, Center for Advanced Studies at the National University of Singapore (£3134)

  • Sir Ernest Cassel Educational Trust Fund (British Academy) 2000


  • Molson Research Award (British Association for Canadian Studies) 2000


  • British Academy Overseas Conference Grant 2000


  • University of Leicester Research Fund Award 1999


Invited Presentations, Lectures and Conferences

Date Description
September 2018 'Baudrillard's Photographic Theory', Keynote IJBS Lecture, International 'Applied Baudrillard' Conference, Oxford
January 2018 Keynote on 'Global Cities Today and Tomorrow' to 12th Annual Luxury Real Estate International Symposium (London, UK)
June 2017 Presentation of 'The Disappearance of Culture', Table ronde internationale, Colloque Baudrillard Street One (Paris)
June 2017 'London After Brexit', TEDx London (Audience 1600 people; also available on-line)
March 2017 'The Poststructuralist Global City: Unravelling Control in the Global Economy' (Research Seminar at the Université d'Angers)
March 2017 Six Lectures on Current Issues in Urban Studies at the Université d'Angers (France)
2016 Invited Seminar (Department of Geography, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Bogotá Campus)
2016 'Global cities and the unravelling of control' (Public Lecture to Universidad Nacional de Colombia Bogotá Campus)
2015 Invited Seminar (Department of Geography, Pontíficia Universidade Católica de Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte)
2014 Invited Seminar (College of Science, Swansea University)
2013 'Poststructuralist cities' (Public Lecture to Universidad Nacional de Colombia Bogotá Campus)
2013 Invited Seminar (EPSRC Networks Seminar, Swansea University)
2013 Invited Seminar (Department of Geography, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Bogotá Campus)
2013 Invited Seminar (Department of Geography, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Medellín Campus).
2011 Keynote on 'Global Cities' to >2000 delegates for four day international event 'Made in Kazan (Russia)'.
2008 Invited Seminar (Department of Geography, London School of Economics (LSE))
2007 Keynote on 'Current Global-City Research' (ANT workshop at The Center for Metropolitan Studies, Technical University of Berlin)
2007 Invited Seminar (Centre for Urban Theory, Swansea University)
2006 Invited Seminar (Department of Geography, University of Leicester)
2005 Keynote on 'Inter-city relations' (Colloquium University of Ghent, Belgium)
2005 Keynote on 'Rethinking urban metabolism' to ESRC Transdisciplinary Seminar International Workshop (University College London)
2005 Invited Seminar (Department of Geography, University of Newcastle, Australia)
2005 Invited Seminar (Department of Geography, University of Wales, Swansea)
2005 Invited Seminar (Department of Geography, University of Sydney)
2005 Invited Seminar (Centre for Transforming Cultures, University of Technology Sydney)
2004 Invited Seminar (Management Centre, University of Leicester)
2003 Keynote on 'Urban networks' (European Science Foundation Network: Cities as International and Transnational Actors, Amsterdam)
2003 Invited Seminar (Department of Geography, University of Leicester)
2003 Invited Seminar (Leicester College)
2003 Invited Seminar (Leicester Grammar School)
2002 'Globalization Reconsidered Panel' (3rd International Conference of Critical Geography, Hungary)
2001 Invited Seminar (Faculty of Construction and the Environment, Nottingham Trent University)
2000 Invited Seminar (Centre for Advanced Studies, National University of Singapore)
1999 Invited Seminar (Department of Geography, University of Leicester)
1997 Invited Seminar (Department of Geography, Loughborough University)

Photography / Current Research Questions

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’. Also see my chapter on ‘Baudrillard’s Photographic Theory’ for The Routledge Companion to Photography Theory (2018).


My current Research Questions:

Baudrillard Studies:

Are we living in a simulation?

Why is there nothing rather than something?

How do we photograph the absence of the real?

What would the world be like without humans?

Poststructuralist Urban Studies:

Why are there skyscrapers?

How can painting transform cities?

How will London be reconfigured by Brexit?

Does Jean Nouvel apply Baudrillard?

Further Information

Favela Painting

'Favela Painting' © Richard G Smith


Postgraduate Supervision

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:

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.


Public Speaking / Media Contacts*

An experienced keynote speaker at both major and minor public and private events, Richard has spoken around the world at conferences, universities, public events, and global companies about global cities and issues relating to globalization, urbanization, Brexit, and issues relating to cities and the future of urbanized society. If you would like to book Richard as a speaker for an event, please contact for prices and availability. Example of a recent event where Richard was the keynote speaker.

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.


Biographical Note

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 Professor Sir Nigel Thrift. I was awarded the first Phyllis Mary Morris Scholarship from the School of Geographical Sciences at the University of Bristol.


Selected Current Writing/Projects

Coulter G and Smith RG (2018) 'Jean Baudrillard', Oxford Bibliographies

Smith RG (2018) 'Baudrillard's Photographic Theory', The Routledge Companion to Photography Theory

Smith RG (2020) 'Structuralism/Stucturalist Geography', in Kobayashi A ed. 2nd Edition of the International Encyclopedia of Human Geography (Elsevier, London) (extended version of 2009 original)

Smith RG (2020) 'Hyperreality', in Ritzer G & Rojek C (Eds) The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology, 2nd Edition (Wiley-Blackwell)

Smith RG (2019) 'Poststructuralist cities', in Smith RG (2018) The Companion to Urban Studies (Routledge, London)

Smith RG (2019) 'Looking Back on Un-collecting Baudrillard', in Smith RG ed. Jean Baudrillard: The Missing Pieces, Uncollected Writings and Photographs (Edinburgh University Press)

Smith RG (2018) Exhibition: 'Collecting Baudrillard', Oxford (September 5th-7th, 2018)


Current Book Projects

Smith RG ed. (2019) The Companion to Urban Studies (Routledge, London)

Smith RG ed. (2019) Jean Baudrillard: The Missing Pieces, Uncollected Writings and Photographs (Edinburgh University Press)

Smith RG, Turner C eds. (2019) Jean Baudrillard: Untranslated German Interviews (Seagull Books). 3 volumes.

Smith RG, Turner C eds. (2019) Jean Baudrillard: Untranslated French Interviews (Seagull Books). 3 volumes.

Smith RG (2019) Collecting Baudrillard (Delere Press, Singapore)


Recent Publications (some submitted or in press)

Smith RG ed. (2019) Jean Baudrillard: penser à voix haute, entretiens 1968–2008 [Jean Baudrillard: Thinking Aloud, 1968–2008] (‘Perspectives critiques’ Presses Universitaires de France)

Smith RG ed. (2019) 'Introduction: Baudrillard Live!', dans Jean Baudrillard: Penser à voix haute, entretiens 1968–2008 (‘Perspectives critiques’ Presses Universitaires de France, Paris)

Smith RG ed. (2018) Remembering Gerry Coulter, Special Commemorative Issue of the International Journal of Baudrillard Studies, 15 (1)

Smith RG (2018) 'Editorial: The A to Z of Baudrillard: Remembering Gerry Coulter's Scholarship', International Journal of Baudrillard Studies, 15 (1)

Smith RG (2018) 'Baudrillard Street One', International Journal of Baudrillard Studies, 15 (2)

Smith RG (2018) 'Inside the Semiotext(e) Archive', International Journal of Baudrillard Studies, 15 (2)

Smith RG and Clarke DB (2018) 'The Disappearance of Culture’, in Baudrillard -- pseudo actes, edited by Diane S. Rubenstein & Marine Dupuis Baudrillard (Delere Press, Singapore)

Smith RG (2018) 'In Memoriam G.C.', The Routledge Companion to Photography Theory

Smith RG (2018) 'Baudrillard, Jean', in Bloomsbury Handbook of Literary and Cultural Theory. Ed. Jeffrey R. Di Leo (London, Bloomsbury), pp. 387-388

Smith RG (2017) 'Baudrillard, Jean'The Wiley Blackwell Encyclopedia of Urban and Regional Studies

Smith RG (2018) ‘Beyond the global-city concept and the myth of “command and control”’, in Ren X & Keil R eds. The Globalizing Cities Reader (Routledge, London & New York, 2nd Revised Edition) pp. 413-418. Reprint of extract from my 2014 IJURR paper.

[英]理查德·G·史密斯. (2018). 超越全球城市治理和“指挥与控制”的迷思. 治理研究180(2), 93-104. [Chinese translation in Governance Studies 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) A review of my latest book (Jean Baudrillard: The Disappearance of Culture) will appear in a forthcoming 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)

Impact, Influence, Activism

Roster of World Cities

Source: Beaverstock JV, Smith RG and Taylor PJ (1999) ‘A roster of world cities’, Cities: The International Journal of Urban Policy and Planning, 16 (6), 445–458

What am I doing now? See "Richard G. Smith Live!"       (College of Science Lunchtime Talks)

Interviewed by Co-created (June 2017) about 'Food and the City'

Highly-cited/translated: My research is published in numerous books and many international journals such as Cities: The International Journal of Urban Policy and Planning; Urban Geography; International Journal of Urban and Regional Research; Annals of the Association of American Geographers; Environment and Planning A; Environment and Planning D; Geography: An International Journal; International Journal of Baudrillard Studies; and Progress in Human Geography. That research has been reported on extensively in the world’s print and on-line media (in hundreds of newspapers, magazines, and other fora), and my journal papers are among the most highly-cited and reprinted in the world – a few examples: on ISI web of science, in the 'Core Collection' alone my Cities (1999) paper has 414 citations; my Annals (2000) paper has 230 citations; one of my Progress in Human Geography (2003) papers has 87 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.eduORCID, and other on-line portals. My IJURR paper 'Beyond the global city concept and the myth of "command and control"': has been translated into Chinese. Full Reference in the journal Governance Studies: [英]理查德·G·史密斯. (2018). 超越全球城市治理和“指挥与控制”的迷思. 治理研究180(2), 93-104.

Highly-influential: Since 2011 my research on World Cities has formed a part of the AS / A Level Geography syllabus for AQA board. I was invited to give a TED talk in London that is based on my research on world city networks which you learn about at school. The theme of the TEDx London event at Sadlers Wells in London was 'Confidence' with an audience of 1600 people (it was also broadcast live). Beyond the school syllabus, and major public speaking, I also conduct numerous invited speaking engagements.

Activism: my research interests engage with issues of social justice, community empowerment, and participatory urban development in cities across the world. For example, see my writing on ending bonded labour practices in Dubai; and/or on the implications of satellite imagery for potentially disempowering poor communities in the mega-cities of the developing world. My research interest in favela painting in Brazil has involved: First, the exhibition of my award winning photograph to audiences in the UK and USA (at the Digital Technium and Taliesin Arts Centre (July-August 2015); Swansea Grand Theatre (September-October 2015); the Royal Institution in London (February-March 2016); University of Texas, Austin (April-May 2016)) to raise the profile and purpose of such community initiatives. Second, my attendance (sponsored by Santander bank) and communication of a favela painting initiative undertaken by Brazilian friends in Belo Horizonte's Morro do Papagaio (Parrot Hill) favela to urban practitioners and sponsors at the 2016 United Nations Habitat III Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development in Quito. This also involved writing an article for Links Magazine: Chamber of Industry & Commerce Ecuador & Great Britain (Special issue for UNESCO Habitat III conference, Quito, October, page 35).

Non-academic users: My research on World Cities has been highly influential across the world shaping the urban agendas of, and influencing leadership in, many cities. For example, influencing the ‘transnational local councils’ of Sydney and Vancouver, see: (1) Stein R (2002) Sydney Globalizing: A World City in National, Pacific Asia & International Context (Report Commissioned by Bahaus Dessau Foundation, Bauhaus Kolleg (Dessau, Germany), 98 pages; (2) City of Sydney (2000) Yearbook 1999 (Council of the City of Sydney; (3) Tourism Vancouver.

Media coverage: I was interviewed for background information on Global Cities for BBC Radio 4 ‘Analysis’ Programme (2009). I was interviewed on TV for Colombian Television on Global Cities (Medellín, 2013), and for South Korean Television on Jean Baudrillard (Swansea, 2014). See: Human and Fashion. Dir. Jung-ok Lee. Dacuprime. EBS, [DVD] Seoul, 1 June. 2015. [인간과 패션. 연출. 이정옥. 다큐프라임, EBS, 서울, 6월 1일. 2015.]

Just a few examples of reports about my research from around the world in the popular/business press are:

1) The Bulletin “Melbourne: Chic happens” August 14th 2002; (2) Wallpaper April 2000; (3) The Dallas Morning News “Dallas is C-list? Whatever” 17 May 2000; (4) Dallas Morning News “The Time has come for Dallas-Fort Worth to ease into urban maturity”, 4th March 2001; (5) The Sydney Morning Herald“A beta way to do business” 4 March 2002; (6) Frankfurter Rundschau “Schluss mit bunt / Die Kulturkonzerne treiben die digitale Revolution voran” 28th August 2002; (7) Johannesburg News Agency “World class cities and iconic architecture”, 22nd May 2006; (8) Metromode “Michigan Aerotropolis”, 31st May 2007; (9) Edge Singapore “As I call it: Are we a global city?”, 7th August 2006; (10) Philadelphia Daily News “Why evicting elephants is a dumbo idea”, 9th October 2006; (11) Houston Chronicle “Houston seeks world’s attention”, 1st December 2006; (12) Svenska Dagbladet “De globala städerna på frammarsch”, 1st December 2003; (13) Geographical: Special Issue on Mega City One, “Boom town”, April, 2008; (14) Chicago Sun-Times “Alpha bravo! Chicago in top ten”, 21st March 2007; (15) San Antonio Express-News “Assuming S.A. wants to be a world city, how do we get there?”, 20th May 2007; (16) Journal of Risk Finance “Global Financial Centres: One, Two, Three ... Infinity?”, March 2006; (17) Manila Bulletin “437th Foundation Anniversary of the City of Manila”, 24th June 2008; (18) National Post “Taking the city from beta to alpha”, 3rd February 2007; (19) The Globe and Mail “Does beta city have what it takes to be an alpha?”, 25th January 2007; (20) The Business Times Singapore “Alpha city Singapore”, 9th August 2005; (21) The Bulletin Australia “Melbourne: Chic happens”, 14th August 2002; (22) Business Traveller, “Sothern belle”, March 2011; (23) The Globe and Mail “A crisis of culture”, 19th June 2000; (24) The Globe and Mail “And now a word about Toronto”, 3rd July 2000; (25) Global Traveller: The Source for Luxury Business Travellers “On the Rise: Upbeat Atlanta spreads its wings in new directions” February 2015, 58-59; (26) Quartz "Nations are no longer driving globalization - cities are", 3rd May 2013; (27) Sydney Morning Herald "Sydney not yet a true global city", 12th April 2014; (28) Forbes "The world's most influential cities", 14th August 2014; (29) CityMetric "What does this town have to do to become a 'world city'?", 31st August 2014; (30) The Telegraph "Is it really better for your career if you work in London?", 12th February 2015; (31) Continental News "The Church of God to reach 10 major cities around the world", 15th December 2016; (32) Mark Up "Milano magnetizza gli investimenti internazionali", 26th May 2017; (33) Estonian World "Tallinn now considered a beta level global city", 16th August 2017; (34) Business Insider UK "These 11 iOS and Android apps will help you make the most out of London", 23rd August 2017; (35) Detroit Free Press "Chinese visitors encourage metro Detroit travellers to visit Beijing", 13th October 2017; (36) Le Journal De Montreal "Rapatrier Montreal", 30th October 2017; (37) The Australian "Sydney's changing skyline", 25th November 2018.

Academic users: My research is discussed in many papers and books. Just a few examples, see: Hall P (2002) “Global City-Regions in the Twenty-first Century”, in Scott A (Ed.) et al. Global City-Regions(Oxford University Press), pp. 59–77; Hubbard P (2006) City (Routledge, London); Jacobs JM (2012) “Urban geographies I: Still thinking cities relationally”, Progress in Human Geography 36 (3), 412–422; Bryne D (2001) Understanding the Urban (Palgrave, New York); Clark D (2003) Urban world/global city (Routledge, London) 2ndedition; Kaplan D H, Wheeler J O & Holloway S R (2004) Urban Geography (John Wiley & Sons); Abrahamson M (2004) Global Cities (Oxford University Press); Short J (2006) Urban Theory (Palgrave Macmillan, New York); Fossaert R (2001) “World cities in a world system”, Hérodote 105 (2nd March), 10–25; Marston S A, Jones III JP & Woodward K (2005) “Human Geography without scale”, Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers 30, 416–432; McCann E (2002) “The Urban as an Object of Study in Global Cities Literatures: Representational Practices and Conceptions of Place and Scale”, in Herod A & Wright M W (eds) Geographies of Power: Placing Scale (Blackwell, Oxford), pp. 61–84; Robinson J (2016) "Theorizing the global urban with 'global and world cities' research: Beyond cities and synechdoche", Dialogues in Human Geography 16 (3), 268-272.

Most recently the validity of my critique of the ordinary city critique of the world and global cities literature (see Smith 2013 'The Ordinary City Trap'; and, 'The Ordinary City Trap Snaps Back') has been further confirmed, and I am pleased that my paper has had the desired effect of increasing dialogue within what had been an increasingly polarized Global Urban Studies: e.g. see McNeill, D (2017) Global Cities and Urban Theory (Sage, London); or: Meeteren Mv, Derudder B, Bassens D (2016) "Can the straw man speak? An engagement with postcolonial critiques of 'global cities research', Dialogues in Human Geography, Vol 6 (3), 247-267.

My impression is that world cities scholars are in denial about my critique of Peter Taylor's interlocking world city network model. Simply thinking that my critique is 'poststructuralist' is a wholly inadequate response (see Taylor and Derudder in the 2nd Edition of World City Network), and obscures the fact of the logical fallacy at the heart of Taylor's model with regard to identifying command-and-control centres within the overall world city network. Please note that my critique of Taylor (2001 onwards) is not an auto-critique of the foundational research on the world city network which I undertook and published with him and Jon Beaverstock (Beaverstock, Smith and Taylor, 1999, 2000). Our work avoided the logical fallacy subsequently introduced by Taylor (2001). See: Smith RG (2014) "Beyond the global city concept and the myth of ‘command and control’", International Journal of Urban and Regional Research 38, 98–115.

Administration: I was REF Impact Lead for Geography, 2010–2016. In 2014 REF Impact for Swansea Geography was judged as 50% (4*) and 50% (3*). Swansea had the highest impact in Wales; and was 8th overall in UK Geography.

Teaching: I teach a final year module on World Cities. The theme of the 'authentic' assessment for the 2017-18 module is 'London After Brexit'; the topic of my invited TED talk given in London in June 2017. My module enables final year students to advance their interest in World Cities, and my research paradigm which they first encountered in AS/A Level Geography, in a way that is not only theoretical and empirical, but also practical - enabling their exploration of the 'real world' application of world cities research and theory to understand one of the UK's most important and challenging contemporary issues: 'London After Brexit'.