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Dr Julian Brigstocke

Dr Julian Brigstocke

Senior Lecturer in Human Geography

+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 an interdisciplinary cultural geographer with an interest in exploring relationships between cities, aesthetics, and authority. I specialise in cultural theory, geohumanities, and philosophies of geography. Key theoretical influences include Walter Benjamin, Hannah Arendt, Michel Foucault, Deleuze & Guattari, Michel Serres, Gloria Anzaldua, and Sylvia Wynter. I am working on a book titled Nonauthoritarian Authority, to be published in the Royal Geographical Society - Institute of British Geographers book series. The book is structured through a series of creative experiments with the forms of geographical writing. 

I currently lead a 3-year AHRC funded participatory action research project looking at gender, race, violence, and creative embodied methodologies in a favela in Rio de Janeiro. 

I have also published on issues around biopolitics, authority, urban avant-gardes, art in fin-de-siecle Paris, creative geographies, affect, gender, more-than-human and experimental participatory methods,  the commons, future generations, the politics of aesthetics in Foucault and Benjamin, urban infrastructure in colonial Hong Kong, and experimental neuro-urbanism methods using mobile galvanic skin response biosensors

My drop-in hour is Wednesdays 12pm. Any student may drop in to discuss anything at all. Or: please schedule a meeting with me here. 



  • Senior Lecturer, School of Geography and Planning, Cardiff University (2020-present)
  • Lecturer, School of Geography and Planning, Cardiff University (2014 - 2020).
  • Lecturer, School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Plymouth University (2012-2014).
  • Research Associate, Warwick University, Department of Sociology (2012)
  • Senior Research Assistant, Northumbria University, Department of Sociology (2012)
  • Research Associate, Newcastle University, School of Geography, Politics and Sociology (2011)
  • Teaching Associate, Newcastle University, School of Geography, Politics and Sociology (2010-2011)
  • Project Editor, Canopus Books (2003-2006)


  • Chair of the Royal Geographical Society's History and Philosophy of Geography Research Group
  • Editorial Board, GeoHumanities
  • Editorial Board, Aurora: Revista de Arte, Mídia e Política
  • Editorial Board, Cardiff University Press
  • Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Founding member of the Authority Research Network (ARN)
  • Peer Review College member, Arts and Humanities Research Council (2016-2021)


  • PGDip Academic Practice, Plymouth University (2014)
  • PhD Human Geography, Bristol University (2011)
  • MSc Society & Space, Bristol University (2006)
  • BA (Hons) Philosophy, Bristol University (2003)







  • Simpson, P. and Brigstocke, J. 2019. Affect. In: Atkinson, P. et al. eds. SAGE Research Methods Foundations.. London: SAGE



  • 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 theory and philosophies of geography, as well as cultural, social, and political geography. My teaching aims to guide students towards understandings of contemporary issues by starting from embodied and creative practices and theories. 

I currently teach on modules including:

  • Border Spaces: Identities, Cultures, and Politics in a Globalizing World (module leader)
  • Critical Geographies of Race and Power
  • Gender, Space and Place
  • Urban Theory Provocations
  • Research Methods
  • Dissertations (undergraduate and postgraduate)


My primary research interests lie in cultural theory, geographies of authority, philosophy of geography, geohumanities, and experimental participatory and action-research methods. 

Funded Projects

  • Co-Designing Spaces of Care in the Favelas of Rio de Janeiro: An Embodied Approach (Principal Investigator, £21,673, Global Challenges Research Fund, 2022-2023)
  • Transforming Atmospheric Authority: Experimental Embodiments in the Favelas of Rio de Janeiro (Principal Investigator, £253,000, AHRC, 2020-2023).
  • What it is to Be There: Exploring grief, place and memory (Co-Applicant, £2000, Brigstow Institute, 2022)
  • Urban Humanities Research Network (Co-Applicant, £6134, GW4 Building Communities Programme, 2021-2022)
  • Harena (Principal Investigator, £3000 creative residency, Leverhulme, 2018)
  • Social Change Through Creativity and Culture, Brazil (Co-Investigator, Newton/AHRC, £280,000, 2016)
  • An Affective Map of Journeys in the Mare Complex of Favelas (Principal Investigator, Newton, £12,000, 2016)
  • The Museum of Living Exchange (Co-Investigator, Newton, £8000, 2016)
  • Participation's "Others": A Cartography of Creative Listening Practices (Principal Investigator, AHRC, £55,000, 2014 - 2015).
  • Starting From Values: Evaluating Intangible Legacies (Co-Investigator, AHRC, £128,000, 2014-2015).
  • Landscapes of Authority (Principal Investigator, 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 am interested in supervising research students working in the following areas:

  • Cultural and non-representational geographies
  • Creative geographical writing
  • Spaces and politics of aesthetics
  • Geographies of power and authority
  • Race, gender, and intersectionality
  • Border spaces
  • Gender, Inequality and Violence in Brazil's Favelas
  • Geographies of Hong Kong

Current supervision

Fabiana D'Ascenzo

Fabiana D'Ascenzo

Research student


Tirion Jenkins

Research student


Barbora Adlerová

Research student

Past projects

  • Co-supervisor for Lyndsey Stoodley, Protection and Practice in the Littoral Zone: An Evaluation of the World Surfing Reserves Phenomenon
  • Co-supervisor for Laura Colebrooke, Eating sensibly: Everyday experiences of food insecurity'
  • Co-supervisor for Gina Kallis, An Intergenerational perspective on migrant Senses of Identity and Belonging: The Case of Greek-Cypriot Families in South-West England