Dr Sam Kinsley
Lecturer in Human Geography


Sam Kinsley a cultural geographer with a particular interest in technology. His research principally concerns the design and use of digital technologies and technical practices that are significant to how we experience space and place. Sam joined the department as a Lecturer in Human Geography in April 2013. In 2015 he received the Progress in Human Geography Best Paper Prize for his article "The matter of 'virtual' geographies". Between September 2013 and February 2015 Sam was a Co-Investigator on the ESRC-funded Contagion project concerning understandings of contagious phenomena. Before taking up his post at Exeter he was a Research Fellow in the Digital Cultures Research Centre, at UWE, Bristol. Sam is currently the treasurer of the RGS-IBG History and Philosophy of Geography research group.

Sam’s research draws upon and advances urban and cultural geography and STS to understand the increasing importance of digital technologies in our lives. His goal is to pursue critical geographies of technology, charting the complex and sometimes surprising agency of technologies that mediate experience. This work informs how Sam contributes to the teaching of geography at Exeter, in particular modules concerning Cultural and Political Geographies and dissertations on a range of topics.

Sam successfully defended his PhD thesis in July 2010, undertaken at the School of Geographical Sciences in the University of Bristol, for which he received a 1+3 studentship from the ESRC. Between November 2009 and June 2010 he worked as an RA with Prof. Martin Weller in the Institute of Educational Technology, at the Open University, investigating practices and rationales for digital scholarship. Sam graduated from the MSc in Society and Space at Bristol in 2006. He completed the BSc (Hons) Digital Art & Technology in 2004 at the University of Plymouth.

Broad research specialisms:

Cultural geographies of technology, geographies of invention and innovation, media geographies, spatial theory, continental philosophy.

Sam would be very pleased to talk with prospective postgraduates about research that falls into the above genres and beyond.

Office hours

Week 1 Monday, 19/09/16, 13:30 Wednesday, 21/09/16, 13:30
Week 2 Monday, 26/09/16, 11:30 Wednesday, 28/05/16, 15:00
Week 3 Monday, 03/10/16, 15:00 Friday, 07/10/16, 11:30
Week 4 Monday, 10/10/16, 11:30 Wednesday, 12/10/16, 13:30
Week 5 Monday, 17/10/16, 10:00 Thursday, 20/10/16, 11:30
Week 6 Monday, 24/10/16, 11:30 Wednesday, 26/10/16, 11:30
Week 7 Monday, 31/10/16, 10:00 Wednesday, 02/11/16, 13:30
Week 8 Wednesday, 09/11/16, 13:30 Thursday, 10/11/16, 11:30
Week 9 Monday, 14/11/16, 11:30 Wednesday, 16/05/16, 13:30
Week 10 Wednesday, 23/11/16, 15:00 Thursday, 24/11/16, 11:30
Week 11 Wednesday, 30/11/16, 13:30 Thursday, 01/12/16, 11:30
Week 12 Wednesday, 07/12/16, 13:30 Thursday, 08/12/16, 11:30


BSc (Hons) Digital Art and Technology (University of Plymouth)
MSc Society of Space (University of Bristol)
PhD "Practising tomorrows?" (Geography, University of Bristol)

Contact details

Internal tel5426
Tel+44 (0) 1392 725426
AddressAmory Building
University of Exeter
Rennes Drive

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