Dr Sam Kinsley
Lecturer in Human Geography


Sam Kinsley a geographer with a particular interest in technology. His research principally concerns the design and use of 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. Between 2014-2017 Sam was the treasurer of the RGS-IBG History and Philosophy of Geography research group.

Sam’s research aims to contribute to how we understand the increasing importance of mediating technologies in our lives. Key here are two themes: how we understand spatial experience and how we understand 'mediation' and technology. Sam explore geographies of technology by unpicking what 'technologies' are and how they are involved in our understandings and experiences of space and place. In turn this enables him to trace and interrogate geographies of technology design, development and use. 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.

ORCID: 0000-0002-1336-292X

Broad research specialisms:

Geographies of technology, geographies of invention and innovation, media geographies, spatial theory, continental philosophy and the philosophy of technics/technology.

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

Office hours

Week 1 Wednesday 03/05 11:30 Thursday 04/05 12:30
Week 2 Tuesday 09/05 10:30 Thursday 11/05 11:30
Week 3 Monday 15/05 11:30 Wednesday 17/05 10:30
Week 4 Monday 22/05 11:30 Monday 22/05 14:30
Week 5 Tuesday 30/05 11:30 Thursday 01/06 10:30
Week 6 Monday 05/06 11:30 Thursday 08/06 14:30*
Week 7 Monday 12/06 11:30 Wednesday 14/06 10:00

* Please note this late change, apologies for the short notice.


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


Before taking up his post in Exeter, Sam worked as a Research Fellow in Digital Cultures at UWE, Bristol, between 2010 and 2013, including grant success with the British Academy. 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 has a PhD in Geography from the University of Bristol, for which he received a 1+3 studentship from the ESRC.  

Contact details

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

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