The University of Southampton
Geography and Environment
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Dr Nick Clarke 

Associate Professor in Human Geography , EGC Research Group Leader

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Dr Nick Clarke is Associate Professor in Human Geography within Geography and Environment at the University of Southampton.

BA (Geography) Birmingham 1996
MSc (Urbanism) Birmingham 1998
PhD Bristol 2004

1998-2000 - Researcher (Planning and Economics), Ecotec Research and Consulting Ltd, Birmingham
2003-2005 - Research Associate, School of Geographical Sciences, University of Bristol
2005-2014 - Lecturer in Human Geography, Geography and Environment, University of Southampton
2014-present - Associate Professor in Human Geography, Geography and Environment, University of Southampton






Research interests

My main research interest is in 'Community in a Global Age' (whether cultural, moral, or political community). This places me somewhere between the sub-disciplines of cultural geography, political geography, and urban geography. To date, this interest has led to research in the following areas:

Globalisation, transnationalism, mobility, tourism

Consumption, ethics, politics

Municipal internationalism, urban policy mobilities, comparative urbanism, local governance

Popular understandings of politics; political engagement and disengagement

Research projects

2000-04 - Writing mobility: British working holiday makers in Australia (PhD research funded by the ESRC)

2003-06 - Governing the subjects and spaces of ethical consumption (with Clive Barnett, Paul Cloke, and Alice Malpass; funded under the ESRC/AHRB Cultures of Consumption programme)

2007-09 - Producing proximities: Town twinning in Britain since 1945 (funded by the Nuffield Foundation) Town Twinning Project Website

2009 - The international development activities of local authorities in England and Wales (funded by the Local Government Alliance for International Development)

2014-16 - Popular understandings of politics in Britain, 1937-2014 (with Gerry Stoker and Will Jennings; funded by the ESRC) Popular understandings of politics in Britain

Research group

Economy, Governance and Culture

Research project(s)

Producing Proximities: Town Twinning in Britain Since 1945 - Dormant

Popular understandings of politics in Britain, 1937-2014

Research Group Leader: Economy, Governance, Culture

Convenor of:
GEOG 1004 A Global World
GEOG 2008 Researching Human Geography;
GEOG 3003 Advanced Human Geography (Berlin Fieldcourse)

PhD students (co-supervised)

  • Sean Kennedy, 'The international activities of British cities during the twentieth century', finished July 2014 (with Steven Pinch)
  • Emma Waight, 'Second-hand retailing/consumption and the economic cycle', finished February 2016 (with Kate Boyer)
  • Serena Page, 'The homogenisation of town centres and the implications for town planning', started October 2010 (with Neil Wrigley) 
  • Elaine Rust, 'The economic impacts of cultural events on town centures',  started October 2011 (with Neil Wrigley)
  • Bilal Gorentas, 'Nationalism at the border between Turkey and Iran', finished February 2017 (with Ulrike Hanna Meinhof)
  • Roger Tyers, 'Nudging people to offset their carbon emissions', finished December 2016 (with Milena Buchs)
  • Ying Wang, 'State-space rescaling in contemporary China', started October 2015 (with Tom Kemeny)
  • Peipei Chen, 'Artists, local economic development, and political contestation in rural China', started October 2016 (with Brian Hracs).

Prospective students with ideas for PhD projects in any of my research areas should feel encouraged to contact me for an informal chat.



Book Chapters


    Barnett, C., Clarke, N., Cloke, P., Malpass, A., & Nordic Council of Ministers (2005). Articulating ethics and consumption. In M. Bostrum, A. Follesdal, M. Klintman, M. Micheletti, & P. Sorensen (Eds.), Political Consumerism: Its Motivations, Power and Conditions in the Nordic Countries and Elsewhere. (pp. 99-112). Copenhagen, Denmark: Nordic Council.


Working Papers

Dr Nick Clarke
Geography and Environment University of Southampton University Road Southampton SO17 1BJ

Room Number:44/2080

Telephone:(023) 8059 4618
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