Professor Clive Barnett
Professor of Geography and Social Theory


My work investigates the intersections between democracy, public life, and urbanization. My current research includes work conceptualising the relationships between democracy and urbanization; work on the contemporary ‘urbanization of responsibility’; and research on the geographies of contentious public action. I am currently the co-ordinator of the Space, Politics and Society research cluster in Geography. 

I am the Editor for the Routledge Research in Place, Space and Politics Series. Here is a link to details of how to submit a proposal to the Series.

I blog about some of my research and teaching interests at Pop Theory, where you can find downloads of my research and teaching publications.

Research Interests:

Geographies of Democracy: including theories of the public sphere, geographies of representation, urban and transnational democracy, emergent forms of public action. 

Social Theory: including Critical Theory, democratic theory, ethics, media theory, normative political philosophy, philosophies of mind, postcolonalism, poststructuralism, pragmatism, theories of action.

Contemporary Urbanization: including urban politics and transnational mobilization, the urbanization of responsibility, and the geographies of contentious public action.


BA (Hons), Geography, University of Cambridge
DPhil, Geography, University of Oxford

Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.


Before coming to Exeter in 2013, I was Professor of Geography at The Open University. I have previously taught at Bristol, Reading, and Salford, as well as spending a year on a research fellowship at Ohio State University. 


Office Hours - Autumn Term 2017

Tuesdays 11am

Thursdays 11am


Contact details

Internal tel5395
Tel+44 (0) 1392 725395
AddressAmory Building
University of Exeter
Rennes Drive

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