My academic interest is oriented around the 'extraordinary sets of relations between people and places' (Holloway & Hubbard, 2000:6). These 'extraordinary relations' circulate around a number of spaces of interest (Environmental Action and Identity; Geography, Place & Culture; Rural Political Action; Water Worlds and Surfing Places; Emerging Ontologies; Literary Geographies; Innovative methodologies and communication) and have led to a range of international quality research publications and funding projects. They also inform my undergraduate and postgraduate teaching, both of which have won national teaching awards (Royal Town Planning Institute Awards for Teaching Excellence, 2009, 2011). My key publications include: Understanding Cultural Geography: Places and Traces (2012), Water Worlds: Human Geographies of the Ocean (with Peters, K, 2013), and Page and Place: Ongoing Compositions of Plot (with Morse, S, 2013).
- Ph.D. 'Environmental Direct Action: making space for new forms of political community?' School of Geographical Sciences, University of Bristol, UK (1996-2000).
- MSc, Environmental Policy and Management, University of Hull (1995-1996).
- BA Hons, Geography, University of Hull. Class: 1 (1992-1995)
School and other Responsibilities
Director of Undergraduate Teaching and Learning
Step up to University Widening Access Geography Co-ordinator (2008-present)
Liaison with EARTH for Geography Open Days (2008-present)
UCAS Open Day Presenter (Geography) (2008-present)
2014 Cardiff University Research Fellowship, Cardiff University (£15,000)
2014 WISERD Civil Societies: Theme 1 Locality, Community & Civil Society. Work Package 1.2: Redefining Local Civil Society in an age of Global Inter-Connectivity (October 2016 – September 2018), with Prof. Mike Woods.
2013 ‘Page & Place Ongoing Compositions of Plot’. Phase 2: Creating a Digital Cartography of Cardiff. Phase Two. WISERD £1980
2013 Valuing a wave: using mixed methods to calculate the social and economic value of coastal surfing resources. The Cardiff Undergraduate Research Opportunities Programme £1360
2012 ‘Page and Place: Ongoing Compositions of Plot’ Research Monograph funding, Wales Institute of Social & Economic Research, Data & Methods (WISERD) £3202.30.
2012 Biomapping – methodological trials in the social sciences. The Cardiff Undergraduate Research Opportunities Programme £1,360
2012 Widening Access Research, Cardiff University with Bousie, G. Harris, N. Thomas, H. £19,500
2010 The ‘relational state’: the geographies and psychologies of Jet Lag. School of City & Regional Planning, Cardiff University Seedcorn Grant, £1000.
2010 Biomapping and Emotional Geographies, with Dr Chris Taylor, School of Social Sciences. Welsh Institute of Social & Economic Reseach (WISERD) Grant, project, £3000.
2008 Sports Council Users Survey. Sports Council for Wales, £3,535.
2008 Surfs Up! Participation Regimes and Motivations for Surfing in Wales. Sports Council for Wales, £8053 + VAT.
06-08 Grassroots Rural Protest and Political Activity in Britain. ESRC Research Grants Scheme. £198,249. Co-applicant with Dr M Woods (Director).
06-07 Being Ecological? Managing Multiple Identities through Environmental Action. The ESRC Centre for Business Relationships, Accountability, Sustainability and Society. £2000.
02-03 Research Study into the Role, Functions and Future Potential of Town and Community Councils in Wales. Welsh Assembly Government. £100,700 (Co-applicant, with Dr M Woods, Dr W.J. Edwards (Directors); Dr J Anderson, Dr G Gardner, R Hughes).
Richard Cheng-Yu. Sustainable Development in Protected Areas: Resolving the Conflicts Between Protected Area Management and Indigenous Peoples. 2004 - 2009. Self-funded.
Hui Yu-Yu. Consumer Space and Identity: The Eslite Phenomenon. 2006 - 2014 Self-funded.
Kathryn Erskine. Finding a place through liminal travel: the role of the gap year. 2009 – 2012 ESRC 1+3 Scholarship.
Matthew Nouch. Participation and Democracy For All: Possibilities for Gender, Queer Racial Expression at the Interface of State and Society at the Participatory Budget (PB) Porto Alegre. 2010-14
Diana Beljaars. Different conceptions of place: Gilles De La Tourette syndrome and the significance of insignificant materiality CPLAN Scholarship 2014-
Jennifer Owen. Storage Space. 2014-
Culture, Space and Place (Module Leader)
Member of BSc City and Regional Planning Course Team (2003-5)
Member of BSc Human Geography and Planning Course Team (2003-present)
Member of the MSc Sustainability, Planning & Environmental Policy course team (2003-4)
Member Staff-Student Panel (2003-present)
Learning & Teaching Committee
Graduate School Committee
Year Tutor for City & Regional Planning BSc Year One (2004-5)
Year Tutor for Geography (Human) & Planning BSc Year Three (2005-present)
Module Leader for Gregynog Field Study Visit (BSc1 City & Regional Planning) (2003-5)
MSc Co-ordinator for the MSc Sustainability, Planning & Environmental Policy (2004)
MSc Geography, Policy, and Practice Course Director (2008-2012)
Surfers are model global citizens, according to geographer and sea-kayaker Dr Jon Anderson from Cardiff University’s School of City and Regional Planning.
While people may think of surfers as nomads obsessed only with catching the perfect wave, Dr Anderson argues that they care passionately about coastal areas and the people around them. Surfers’ focus on protecting what is most dear to them – coastlines – is turning them into stewards of the sea.
Dr Anderson explained his ideas recently to more than 1,500 people at the Royal Geographical Society (with Institute of British Geographers) annual International Conference.
A number of media interviews were conducted on these projects. The following is a radio interview with BBC World Service (31 Aug, 2011)
and a BBC TV News interview with George Alagiah (GMT, BBC World News, 31 Aug 2011).
Links to the presentations given at the Royal Geographical Society / Institute of British Geographers Conference in Kensington Gore, London, September 2011 can be found on Dr Jons Anderson's Spatial Manifesto Website.