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He was educated at Wellington College and the University of Bristol where he completed degrees in geography and political science. After taking up a position at the University of Edinburgh, he was appointed to a lectureship at Royal Holloway in 1994.
He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.
Klaus Dodds is a geopolitician and focuses his work on, amongst others, the representation of space in visual media like internet, movies and pictures. He is also engaged in research about the geopolitics of the South Pole.
His books include Geopolitics: A Very Short Introduction (OUP 2007) and Pink Ice: Britain and the South Atlantic Empire (I B Tauris 2002).
- Philip Leverhulme Prizes 2005 Leverhume Trust. Accessed August 6, 2008. Award citation:"Klaus Dodds had made an outstanding contribution to political geography and ‘critical geopolitics’. His work ranges from historical investigations of British policy towards the South Atlantic and Antarctica in the post-war period, to studies of ‘popular geopolitics’ in the news media and film. He pioneered the study of geopolitical issues focused on Antarctica and southern Latin America, and this work has also had a substantial impact within the foreign policy communities of several countries, including the UK."