Dr Sam Kinsley
Lecturer in Human Geography


Sam Kinsley a geographer with a particular interest in technology and the future. His research principally concerns how technologies and technical practices are designed and imagined and what this tells us about how we experience and imagine space and place. Sam joined the department as a Lecturer in Human Geography in April 2013. Through participation in continuing professional development Sam was appointed a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in 2016. In 2015 Sam 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. 

Sam’s research aims to contribute to how we understand the increasing importance of how we tell stories about the technologies in our daily lives. Key here are two themes: how we understand what a 'technology' is or can be and how we narrate a sense of cultural, political or social change in relation to technology. Sam explores 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 investigate two key elements of of technology: the geographies of the design and development of technology and how technology is often instrumental in how we narrate and perceive political and social changes or the sense of a future. 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 works Monday - Thursday.

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.

Postgraduate supervision:

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

The postgraduate researchers Sam currently works with are: Kate Byron (SWDTC, Bristol), Paula Crutchlow (SWDTC, Exeter), Patrycja Pinkowska (ESRC, Exeter).


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


Before lecturing at Exeter, Sam worked as a Research Fellow in Digital Cultures at UWE, Bristol, between 2010 and 2013. 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. Sam variously contributed as committee member, web officer and tresurer for the RGS-IBG History and Philosophy of Geography research group between 2008-2017 and as an ordinary committee member for the RGS-IBG Social & Cultural Geography research group between 2013-2015. He convened the Exeter Geography human geography seminar series between 2013-2015 and currently serves as the communications officer for the department.

Contact details

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


Week 1 Monday 30/04 13:00 Wednesday 02/05 15:00
Week 2 Tuesday 08/05 13:00 Thursday 10/05 11:00
Week 3 Monday 14/05 13:00 Thursday 17/05 11:00
Week 5 Monday 28/05 13:00 Thursday 31/05 10:00
Week 6 Monday 04/06 13:00 Thursday 07/06 11:00
Week 7 Monday 11/06 11:00 Monday 11/06 13:00

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