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Dr Anthony Ince

Dr Anthony Ince

Lecturer in Human Geography

School of Geography and Planning

Email:
incea@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2087 6014
Location:
Room 1.53, Glamorgan Building, King Edward VII Avenue, Cardiff, CF10 3WA
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Available for postgraduate supervision

I am a geographer whose interests sit in the intersections of political and social geographies. My work considers the politics and possibilities of everyday social and power relations, and how people's situated negotiations of wider-scale processes (e.g. globalisation) can inform agendas for social justice. Ultimately, I am interested in agency, and the geographical factors that enhance or inhibit people's abilities to collectively self-organise and self-manage their lives and communities.

This broad set of interlocking interests has led me to conduct research on a range of empirical subjects, including far-right political movements, backpacking, labour, and the so-called 'sharing economy'. I also draw from research and approaches beyond geography, especially political theory. My theoretical framework is driven principally by anarchist thought and practice, and I have been central in developing the nascent field of anarchist geographies.

I am currently a committee member of the RGS-IBG Political Geography Research Group, and chair its annual undergraduate dissertation prize.

After completing an undergraduate degree in Philosophy and Politics at the University of Liverpool, I won an Economic and Social Research Council 1+3 award to undertake a Masters and PhD at the School of Geography at Queen Mary, University of London. My MA thesis investigated DIY forms of architecture and community planning among the 1970s squatting movement in London, and my doctoral research considered the spatial strategies of anarchist-inspired forms of horizontal community and workplace organisation.

At the completion of my PhD in 2010, I was employed on a Joseph Rowntree Foundation project at the University of Glasgow, working with Andrew Cumbers, David Featherstone, Danny MacKinnon and Kendra Strauss. This project used three case studies to explore the lived negotiations of, and responses to, globalisation and labour market change in the UK.

Following this, I took two years outside formal academic employment, travelling and volunteering across Europe and Asia. On my return to the UK, I secured a two-year postdoctoral research fellowship in the Department of Human Geography at Stockholm University, in order to pursue several themes of research which continue to the present day.

I came to Cardiff to join the School of Geography and Planning as a Lecturer in Human Geography in September 2015.

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I am Year Tutor for all final year undergraduates in the school. Modules taught include:

  • Border Spaces (first year undergraduate option)
  • Spaces of Production (second year undergraduate option)
  • Human Geographies in Practice (module leader, core final year Human Geography module)
  • Various undergraduate and postgraduate dissertations

I am also main PhD supervisor for Owain Hanmer. Owain's work cuts across food geographies, political theory and political economy to investigate the contested politics of food through the lens of anarchism, pragmatism and the foundational economy.

My research to date has engaged with a range of topics, largely in the Global North, across a number of interweaving empirical themes:

  • Multiculturalism and living with diversity: this has included work on fascism and anti-fascism, encounters of difference, and labour market change.
  • Agency and grassroots mobilisation: exploring issues such as labour agency, spatial strategy, and alternative grassroots economies.
  • Territory and the state in a shifting world: this has involved critical engagements with theories of the state and 'statism', and activist territorialities.
  • Anarchist theory: exploring concepts such as autonomy, self-management and mutual aid as both analytical tools and normative agendas.

I welcome enquiries regarding PhD supervision on any area of my expertise.

I welcome expressions of interest for PhD supervision across the broad remit of my research specialisms. In particular, I am keen to hear from prospective PhD students interested in the following areas:

  • Politics of migration and living in diversity
  • Fascist and anti-fascist movements
  • Anarchist politics and practice

Prospective students are also welcome to contact me about studies linked to other areas of my research expertise (please see 'research' and 'overview' tabs for more information).

I am main PhD supervisor for Owain Hanmer. Owain's work cuts across food geographies, political theory and political economy to investigate the contested politics of food through the lens of anarchism, pragmatism and the foundational economy.