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Dr Anthony Ince

Lecturer in Human Geography

School of Geography and Planning

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

Overview

I am a geographer whose interests sit in the intersections of political and social geographies. My work considers the politics and possibilities of everyday life, and how people's negotiations of wider-scale processes (e.g. migration, 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 around agency and self-management has led me to conduct research on a range of empirical subjects, including far-right political movements, backpacking, labour mobility, and urban riots. 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 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.

Biography

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, migration 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.

Professional memberships

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (awarded 2018)

Publications

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Teaching

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

  • Border Spaces (first year undergraduate option)
  • Political Geography (second year undergraduate option)
  • Spaces of Production: Economic Geography (second year undergraduate option)
  • Human Geographies in Practice (module leader, core final year Human Geography module)
  • Researching Contemporary Issues in New Orleans (module leader, final year field trip)
  • Urban Theory Provocations (Postgraduate option)
  • Various undergraduate and postgraduate dissertations

PhD Students

  • Primary PhD supervisor for Owain Hanmer (with Prof Gary Bridge): 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.
  • Second supervisor for Juan Usubillaga Narvaez (with Prof Aseem Inam): Using a comparative study of Bogota and Berlin, Juan's thesis studies the ways in which autonomous forms of urban activism constitute a form of urban design practice.
  • Primary PhD supervisor for Antonio de Odilon Brito (commencing January 2021): Antonio's project will investigate the ideological and geopolitical dynamics of 'red-brown' politics (the intersection of authoritarian socialism and fascism) in the regions of Donetsk and Luhansk, Ukraine, since the Euromaidan protests in 2013-14.

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

  • Multiculturalism, migration, and living with diversity: this has included work on fascism and anti-fascism, encounters of difference, hospitality, and labour markets.
  • 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.

Current projects

Urban riots: a comparative study of London (2011) and Stockholm (2013) - 2016-2020

This project (funded by FORMAS, the Swedish Research Council) is a collaboration with colleagues at Stockholm University, investigating the long-term legacies and impacts of urban riots on local communities. Using a comparative urban lens, the project is the first of its kind to investigate the diverse continuities and changes instigated by riots, incorporating the intersecting dimensions of policy, materiality, memory and agency.

The far right, antifascism and the mutual production of political space - ongoing

Partly funded by a British Academy / Leverhulme Trust small grant, this work orbits the overlaps, linkages and tensions between antifascist and far right spatial strategies. I have been exploring the spatial and strategic interactions between the far right and their opponents in order to explore forms of antifascism that engage critically but meaningfully with often-problematic popular imaginaries (e.g. nationhood) and 'mainstream' political-cultural values, while also prefiguring alternative imaginaries and futures.

'Post-statist' geographies - 2013-present

Working with Geronimo Barrera de la Torre (University of Texas - Austin), this theoretical project develops a new frame of reference for state theory in geography and beyond. Drawing from a constructively critical reading of anarchist and decolonial critiques of the modern state, this project seeks to decentre the state from the underlying assumptions of scholars. Our book, Society Despite the State: Towards a Post-Statist Geography is due to be published in 2022 by Pluto Press.

Recent projects

Anti-Fascist Action and the spatial strategies of militant antifascism - 2018-2020

This is a small archival and oral history project (funded by Cardiff University), investigating the controversial but highly effective militant anti-fascism of Anti-Fascist Action in 1990s Britain. Critically assessing their ideology and carefully calculated spatial strategies can help to inform our understanding of progresive forms of working class whiteness in the contemporary period of heightened racial tension.

Global voluntary exchange networks: backpacking and mutual aid among strangers - 2013-2017

This project combined long-term ethnographic fieldwork and in-depth interviews to investigate the production of global networks of informal mutual aid and hospitality among travellers and their hosts. Using case studies including couch-surfing, labour exchange networks, and hitchhiking, the project used the organisation of, and relations within, these moneyless economies to illuminate debates on encounter, hospitality, and mutuality in a global and mobile world.

Supervision

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).

Current PhD Students

  • Primary PhD supervisor for Owain Hanmer (with Prof Gary Bridge): 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.
  • Second supervisor for Juan Usubillaga Narvaez (with Prof Aseem Inam): Using a comparative study of Bogota and Berlin, Juan's thesis studies the ways in which autonomous forms of urban activism constitute a form of urban design practice.
  • Primary PhD supervisor for Antonio de Odilon Brito (commencing January 2021): Antonio's project will investigate the ideological and geopolitical dynamics of 'red-brown' politics (the intersection of authoritarian socialism and fascism) in the regions of Donetsk and Luhansk, Ukraine, since the Euromaidan protests in 2013-14.