Richard G. Smith is Associate Professor in Human Geography at Swansea University in the UK.
I was educated at: Lawrence Sheriff School (Rugby), University of Hull (BA Hons, Geography 1st class), University of Bristol (PhD, supervised by Sir Nigel Thrift (Phyllis Mary Morris scholarship)). I have extensive international knowledge and experience. I have visited more than 100 countries, and presented my research and thinking at more than 50 international conferences, universities, and public events. I have over 100 publications having written predominanty on world cities, global cities, structuralism, poststructuralism, human geography, and Jean Baudrillard.
I pioneered new relational, network and assemblage approaches in Urban Studies which have been reported on extensively in the world’s print media, and are highly-cited, reprinted and translated. My latest research continues to be concerned with introducing, explaining, developing, and inventing an approach to Urban Studies that is founded on poststructuralist philosophy - e.g. See my entry on ‘Jean Baudrillard’ for The Wiley Blackwell Encyclopedia of Urban and Regional Studies (2019). I also have a long standing research interest in Jean Baudrillard’s philosophy and oeuvre; my books include: Jean Baudrillard: Fatal Theories (Routledge), The Baudrillard Dictionary (Edinburgh University Press), Jean Baudrillard: from Hyperreality to Disappearance: Uncollected Interviews (Edinburgh University Press), Jean Baudrillard: the Disappearance of Culture: Uncollected Interviews (Edinburgh University Press).