Dr Julian Brigstocke

Dr Julian Brigstocke

Lecturer in Human Geography

School of Geography and Planning

+44 (0)29 2087 6085
Room 2.91, Glamorgan Building, King Edward VII Avenue, Cardiff, CF10 3WA
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Available for postgraduate supervision

I am a cultural geographer and social theorist. My research centres on the relationship between cities, aesthetics, and power. This includes geographies of art, creative spatial practices, and the aesthetics of authority. I also have a keen interest in contemporary continental philosophy and social theory. I am currently completing a monograph for Bristol University Press titled Spaces of Authority, to be published in 2019. 


  • BA (Hons) Philosophy, Bristol University (2003)
  • MSc Society & Space, Bristol University (2006)
  • PhD Human Geography, Bristol University (2011)


  • Lecturer, School of Geography and Planning, Cardiff University (2014 - present).
  • Lecturer, School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Plymouth University (2012-2014).
  • Research Associate, Warwick University, Department of Sociology (2012)
  • Research Associate, Newcastle University (2011)
  • Project Editor, Canopus Books (2003-2006)


  • Editorial Board, GeoHumanities
  • Editorial Board, Aurora: Revista de Arte, Mídia e Política
  • Editorial Board, Cardiff University Press
  • Peer Review College member, Arts and Humanities Research Council
  • Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Founding member of the Authority Research Network (ARN)
  • Membership Secretary, Philosophy and History of Geography Research Group



  • Brigstocke, J.et al. 2017. Implicit values: uncounted legacies. In: Facer, K. and Pahl, K. eds. Valuing Interdisciplinary Collaborative Research: Beyond Impact.. Policy Press, pp. 65-84.








My teaching interests lie in cultural, political, and social geography, as well as philosophies and theories of geography. 

I teach on the following modules:

  • Border Spaces: Identities, Cultures, and Politics in a Globalising World (module leader)
  • The Big Questions in Human Geography (module leader)
  • Researching Contemporary Issues in Hong Kong (module leader)
  • Gender, Space and Place
  • Dissertations (undergraduate and postgraduate)


I am a cultural geographer and social theorist. My research centres on the relationship between cities, aesthetics, and authority. This includes geographies of art, creative spatial practice, and the aesthetics of authority. 

I am currently completing a monograph for Bristol University press titled Spaces of Authority. The book explores the 'crisis of authority' in modernity through post-phenomenological theories and drawing on historical and contemporary case studies, from the favelas of Rio de Janeiro to the Opera House of Paris. Suggesting that authority crisis is a major political problem of our times, the book develops ways of thinking about authority in new ways, envisioning a new politics of new forms of authority that are dispersed, multiple, embodied, and transversal. 

I have a keen interest in a broad range of contemporary theoretical debates, with a focus on the spatial theory of Foucault, Benjamin, Deleuze, Arendt, Negt & Kluge, and Michel Serres. 

Earlier research was published as a monograph titled The Life of the City: Space, Humour and the Experience of Truth in fin-de-siecle Montmartre (Ashgate, 2014). This book offers an historical geographical account of the politics of aesthetics in the artistic and political counter-cultures of late 19th century Paris. In particular, it explores the role of experimental writing and performance in contesting dominant biopolitical experiences of urban vitality and liveliness.

I am part of a research collective called the Authority Research Network (ARN). Together we experiment with ways of collectively working and writing on issues around power, alienation, participatory practice, and the making of the commons. Our latest book is Space, Power and the Commons: The Promise of Alternative Futures (Routledge, 2015).

I am on the Editorial Boards of GeoHumanities; Aurora: Revista de Arte, Mídia e Política; and Cardiff University Press. 

Funded Projects

  • Harena (PI, £3000 creative residency, Leverhulme)
  • Social Change Through Creativity and Culture, Brazil (Co-I, Newton/AHRC, £280,000)
  • Participation's "Others": A Cartography of Creative Listening Practices (PI, AHRC, £55,000, 2014 - 2015).
  • Starting From Values: Evaluating Intangible Legacies (Co-I, AHRC, £128,000, 2014-2015).
  • Landscapes of Authority (PI, Plymouth University, £3000, 2013-2014)
  • Authority, Knowledge and Performance in Participatory Practice (named researcher, AHRC, £40,000 (2012)
  • Immanent Authority and the Making of Community (named researcher, AHRC, £40,000, 2011)

I would be interested in supervising research projects in the following areas. Please contact me to discuss your ideas. 

  • Cultural geography
  • Geographies of performance and performativity
  • Non-Representational Theory
  • Cities and aesthetics
  • Geo-humanities
  • Post-structuralist and post-phenomenological geographies
  • Geographies of authority
  • Historical geography
  • Projects focusing on Paris, Hong Kong, or Rio de Janeiro. 

Current supervision

Lyndsey Stoodley

Research student

Past projects

  • Laura Colebrooke 'Eating sensibly: Everyday experiences of food insecurity'
  • Gina Kallis, 'An Intergenerational perspective on migrant Senses of Identity and Belonging: The Case of Greek-Cypriot Families in South-West England' 

Areas of expertise

External profiles