Noel Castree

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Noel Castree
Born (1968-04-02) 2 April 1968 (age 50)
Bury, Greater Manchester,
Education University of Oxford, (BA); University of British Columbia (MA, PhD)
Occupation Geographer at University of Manchester (Marxist political economy, political economy of nature)
Years active 1989–present

Noel Castree FAcSS (born 2 April 1968) is a British geographer whose research interests are in capitalism-environment relationships. He is currently the editor-in-chief of the peer-reviewed journal Progress in Human Geography.


Castree was born in Bury, Greater Manchester, UK and has a BA in Geography (first class honours) from the University of Oxford, and an MA (1992) and PhD from the University of British Columbia (May, 1999). He taught for 5 years at Liverpool University before joining the University of Manchester in 2000 and becoming a Professor of Geography in the School of Environment and Development in 2004. In January 2014 he joined the University of Wollongong in Australia, in a new Department of Geography & Sustainable Communities.[1] He returned to Manchester University in late 2017.

Key contributions[edit]

His "principal interests are in the political economy of environmental change, regulation and contestation". He has sought to develop and apply Marxian approaches to understanding a range of environmental problems, with an emphasis on understanding the meaning and limits of 'commodification'.".[2] One of his main intellectual contributions to the discipline of geography is advancing the concept of "social nature"; another is anatomizing the 'neoliberalisation of nature'. He has served twice as a managing editor of peer review journals, once for Antipode and more recently for Progress in Human Geography.


  • In 1993 Castree received a Governor General of Canada's Gold Medal for his master's degree performance at UBC. In 2005, he received the Gill Memorial Award from the Royal Geographical Society.[3] In 2012 he was made a Fellow of the British Academy of Social Science and was, in 2008, chair of the RGS-IBG conference held in London.


Books Authored

  • Castree N. 2014. Making sense of nature. London and New York: Routledge.
  • Castree, N. 2005. Nature: the adventures of a concept. London: Routledge. Ch.1
  • Castree, N., Coe N., K. Ward & M. Samers. 2004. Spaces of work. London & Thousand Oaks: Sage.


  • Castree, N., Hulme, M. & Proctor, J. (eds.) 2018 A Companion to Environmental Studies London: Routledge
  • Richardson, D., Castree, N. et al. (eds.) 2017 International Encyclopedia of Geography (in 15 volumes) Malden: Wiley Blackwell.
  • Castree N. and D. Gregory (eds.) 2011. Human Geography. Major Works in Social Science, the Humanities and the Physical Sciences. London, Thousand Oaks and New Delhi: Sage.
  • Castree N., P. Chatterton, N. Heynen, W. Larner & M. Wright (eds.) 2010. The point is to change it. Antipode Book Series. Oxford and Malden: Wiley-Blackwell.
  • Castree N., D. Demeritt, D. Liverman & B. Rhoads (eds.) A Companion to Environmental Geography. Oxford and Malden: Wiley-Blackwell.
  • R. Kitchin, N. Thrift, N. Castree, M. Crang and M. Domosh (eds.) 2009. International Encyclopedia of Human Geography. Amsterdam: Elsevier.
  • Castree, N., D. Gregory (eds.) 2006. David Harvey: a Critical Reader. London and New York: Blackwell.
  • Castree, N., A. Rogers, D. Sherman (eds.) 2005. Questioning geography: essays on a contested discipline. Oxford and New York: Blackwell.
  • Castree, N., B. Braun (eds.) 2001. Social nature: theory, practice and politics. Oxford and Malden: Blackwell.
  • Braun, B. and Castree, N. (eds.) 1998. Remaking reality: nature at the millennium. London & New York: Routledge.


  1. ^ "International human geography expert to join UOW - News & Media @ UOW". 2013-07-05. Retrieved 2016-12-05.
  2. ^ Info on the webpage of the Society and Environment Research Group, School of Environment and Development, University of Manchester
  3. ^ 2005 Medals' and Awards' Recipients

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