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Dr Sean Carter

Dr Sean Carter

Associate Professor in Political Geography and Deputy Head of Department


 Amory C356a


Amory Building, University of Exeter, Rennes Drive, Exeter, EX4 4RJ , UK


Sean teaches and researches in the broad field of Political Geography, with specific interests in the intersection between culture and geopolitics.

Broad research specialisms:

Political and Cultural Geography; Critical Geopolitics, especially geopolitics and visuality and ludic geopolitics; The geographies and politics of diaspora; Geographies of Authoritarianism


BA Geography and Development Studies (University of Sussex)
MSc Society & Space (Geography, Univeristy of Bristol)
PhD 'The Geopolitics of Diaspora' (Geography, University of Bristol)

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Research interests

Sean’s research interests lies at the intersection of cultural and political geography. In particular, research has been undertaken in the area of popular culture and geopolitics, initially through an engagment with film and geopolitics; more recently through a major ESRC-funded project on 'Ludic Geopolitics'. Work is also ongoing on photojournalism as a particular way of framing and reporting on global geopolitical moments (specifically the early Cold War). Previous research has included work on the Geopolitics of Diaspora, with specific reference to the Croatian diaspora during the break-up of Yugoslavia in the 1990s.

Sean is the Convenor of the department’s Space, Politics & Society research group, and is a past Chair of the RGS/IBG Political Geography Research Group.

Research projects

2013-2015 'Ludic Geopolitics' funded by the ESRC (Co-I), working with Dr Tara Woodyer, Portsmouth University (PI), and Prof Klaus Dodds, Royal Holloway (CI)


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Carter S, Woodyer T (2023). Domesticating Geopolitics., Routledge. Abstract.
Carter SR, Dodds K (2014). International Politics and Film: Space, Vision, Power., University of Columbia Press.
Brace C, Bailey AR, Harvey DC, Thomas N, Carter S (eds)(2011). Emerging Geographies of Belief. UK, Cambridge Scholars.

Journal articles

Featherstone D, Carter S, Sylvester C, Belcher O, Rogers A, Ingram A (2022). REVIEW FORUM Reading Alan Ingram’s Geopolitics and the Event: Rethinking Britain’s Iraq War Through Art, RGS-IBG Book Series 2019 Wiley Blackwell Chichester 224 bibliog.; index ISBN 9781119426059 £24.99. Political Geography, 95
Woodyer T, Carter S (2020). Domesticating the Geopolitical: Rethinking Popular Geopolitics through Play. Geopolitics, 25(5), 1050-1074. Abstract.
Carter S, Woodyer T (2020). Introduction: Domesticating Geopolitics. Geopolitics, 25(5), 1045-1049.
Kirby P, Carter SR, Woodyer T (2014). More than Child's Play?. History Today, 64(12), 20-27.
Carter SR, Dodds K (2011). Hollywood and the 'War on Terror': Genre-geopolitics and 'Jacksonianism' in the Kingdom. Environment & Planning D: Society & Space, 29(1), 98-113. Abstract.
Carter SR, Obrador P (2010). Art, politics, memory: 'Tactical Tourisme' and the Route of Anarchy in Barcelona. Cultural Geographies
Carter SR (2009). Geopolitics and the Screen: Film, bodies, violence. Geopolitics, 14(4).
Carter S (2009). War and Film. GEOPOLITICS, 14(4), 756-763.  Author URL.
Carter SR (2007). Mobilising generosity, framing geopolitics: Narrating crisis in the homeland through diasporic media. Geoforum, 36(8), 1102-1112.
Carter SR, McCormack DP (2006). Film, Geopolitics and the Affective Logics of Intervention. Political Geography, 25(2), 228-245.
Carter SR (2005). The Geopolitics of Diaspora. Area, 37(1), 54-63.


Carter S, Woodyer T (2023). Childhood, playing war, and militarism: beyond discourses of domination/resistance and towards an ethics of encounter. In Beier JM, Berents H (Eds.) Children, Childhoods, and Global Politics, Bristol: Bristol University Press.
Woodyer T, Carter S (2023). Domesticating the Geopolitical: Rethinking Popular Geopolitics through Play. In  (Ed) Domesticating Geopolitics, Routledge, 6-30.
Carter S, Woodyer T (2023). Introduction: Domesticating Geopolitics. In  (Ed) Domesticating Geopolitics, Taylor & Francis, 1-5.
Woodyer T, Martin D, Carter S (2016). Ludic Geographies. In  (Ed) Play and Recreation, Health and Wellbeing, Springer Nature, 17-33.
Carter SR, Kirby P, Woodyer T (2015). Ludic - or playful - geopolitics. In Benwell M, Hopkins P (Eds.) Children, Young People and Critical Geopolitics, Ashgate.
Woodyer T, Martin D, Carter SR (2015). Ludic Geographies. In Horton J, Evans B (Eds.) Geographies of Children and Young People, Springer.
Carter SR, McCormack DP (2010). Affectivity and Geopolitical Images. In Dodds, K, Hughes, R, McDonald, F (Eds.) Observant States: Geopolitics & Visual Culture, London: IB Tauris.
Carter SR (2009). Popular Geopolitics: Seeing, Feeling, Knowing. In Drobik T, Sumberova M (Eds.) Chapters of Modern Human Geographical Thought, Newcastle Upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 63-78.
Carter SR (2004). Mobilising Hrvatsko: Tourism and Politics in the Croatian Diaspora. In Coles TE, Timothy DJ (Eds.) Tourism, Diasporas and Space: travels to promised lands, Routledge, 188-201.

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External Engagement and Impact

Committee/panel activities

Past Chair of the RGS/IBG Political Geography Research Group

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Supervision / Group

Postgraduate researchers


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Office Hours:

Term 2 Office Hours

Mondays 4.30-5.30 (except weeks 9 and 11: Tuesday 2.00-3.00 instead)

Fridays 2.00-3.00 (no Friday office hour in week 11)

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