Richard G. Smith (geographer)

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Dr Richard G Smith is a British geographer who has visited half the countries on Earth.

Educated at the Universities of Hull (BA Hons Geography, 1st class, 1992) and Bristol (PhD, 1995 - supervised by Sir Nigel Thrift). Currently works at Swansea University in the United Kingdom. At twenty he graduated with a first class degree, and at twenty four with a PhD.

In Urban Studies, his research on poststructuralist cities initiated a 'post-topographical turn' in urban studies. His research on world and global cities has been reported on extensively in the world's print media. He speaks about cities around the world, recently in Kazan in Russia, and in Bogotá and Medellín in Colombia. He was interviewed about global cities for Colombian TV. His research papers are among the most highly-cited in the world. His current research focuses on poststructuralism, assemblage theory, and actor-network theory with funded research in São Paulo and London on the unravelling of control in the global economy; and, Santander funded research on Rio de Janeiro as a sentient city.

He is the author of numerous articles on Baudrillard's oeuvre. Editor of The Baudrillard Dictionary (Edinburgh University Press, 2010), Jean Baudrillard: Fatal Theories (Routledge, 2009), 'Baudrillard Redux' (Special Issue of Cultural Politics, 2011), and Jean Baudrillard: from Hyperreality to Disappearance: Uncollected Interviews (EUP, 2015). He is an editorial board member of the International Journal of Baudrillard Studies. He organized the first major UK conference on Baudrillard's work in 2006 (4-6 September), and was interviewed in 2014 about Baudrillard for a South Korean TV documentary.

==Selected Writings==


1. Smith RG & Clarke D eds. (2015) Jean Baudrillard: from Hyperreality to Disappearance: Uncollected Interviews (Edinburgh University Press)

2. Smith RG (2015) 'Satellites and Cities from Space', Theory, Culture & Society:

3. Smith RG (2014) “Beyond the global-city concept and the myth of ‘command and control’”, International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, 38 (1), January, 98–115 (published first on-line June 19th 2013 [doi: 10.1111/1468-2427.12024]) ISI-HIGHLY CITED

4. Smith RG (2014) 'Dubai in extremis', Theory Culture & Society:

5. Smith RG (2013) “Baudrillard, Jean”, in McGee RJ & Warms RL eds. Encyclopedia of Theory in Social and Cultural Anthropology (Sage, London), 62–64

6. Smith RG (2013) “The ordinary city trap”, Environment and Planning A, 45 (10), October, 2290–2304

7. Smith RG (2013) “The ordinary city trap snaps back”, Environment and Planning A, 45 (10), October, 2318–2322

8. Smith RG (2013) “City” (pp. 50–53), “City of Panic” (pp. 53–54), “Third Interval” (pp. 196–197), “Escape Velocity” (pp. 79–80), in Armitage J ed. The Virilio Dictionary (Edinburgh University Press)

9. Smith RG, Clarke DB and Doel MA eds. (2011) “Special Issue: Baudrillard Redux”, Special Issue of Cultural Politics, Vol 7, Issue 3, November, pp. 325–476

10. Smith RG (2011) "'Poststructuralism' (pp. 190-2), 'Post-Marxism' (pp. 181-83), and 'Postmodern/Postmodernity' (pp. 184-86)", in Sim S ed. The Lyotard Dictionary, Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh

11. Smith RG (2011) “NY-LON”, in International Handbook of Globalization and World Cities edited by Derudder B, Hoyler M, Taylor PJ & Witlox F (Edward Elgar), pp. 720–32

12. Smith RG and Doel MA (2011) “Questioning the Theoretical Basis of Current Global-City Research: Structures, Networks and Actor-Networks”, International Journal of Urban and Regional Research 35 (1), 24–39

13. Smith RG (2010) “Urban studies without ‘scale’: localizing the global through Singapore”, in Urban Assemblages: How Actor-Network Theory Changes Urban Studies edited by Ignacio Farias and Thomas Bender (Routledge, London), pp. 73–90

14. Smith RG ed. (2010) The Baudrillard Dictionary (Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh). ISBN 978-0-7486-3921-2

15. Clarke D B, Doel M A, Merrin W, and Smith R G eds. (2009) Jean Baudrillard: Fatal Theories (Routledge, London). ISBN 978-0-415-46442-0

16. Smith RG (2009) “Structuralism / Structuralist Geography”, in The International Encyclopedia of Human Geography edited by Rob Kitchin & Nigel Thrift, volume 11, (Elsevier, Oxford), pp. 30–38


1. Smith RG (2003) "World city topologies", Progress in Human Geography, 27 (5), 561-582

2. Smith RG (2003) "World city actor-networks", Progress in Human Geography, 27 (1), 25-44

3. Beaverstock JV, Smith RG & Taylor PJ (2000) "World city network: a new metageography?", millennial issue of the Annals of the Association of American Geographers, 90, March, 123-134

4. Beaverstock JV, Smith RG & Taylor PJ (1999) "A roster of world cities", Cities: The International Journal of Urban Policy and Planning, 16 (6), 445-458