Mark Whitehead

Title/Position: Professor
Institute of Geography and Earth Sciences, Aberystwyth University
BSc and PhD, Aberystwyth University, Wales

MCRI Projects: B4: Boundaries.

Background: Mark Whitehead is a Professor of human geography whose research interests span urban studies, sustainability, and the impacts of the psychological sciences on public policy. Mark has authored and edited 10 books, has written for The Guardian and Western Mail newspapers, and has blogged for the Psychology Today magazine. Mark holds an Award for Teaching Excellence from Aberystwyth University (2004), and in 2017 was named Lecturer of the Year by Aberystwyth University students. Mark has supervised twenty PhD students on topics including eco villages, renewable energy, urban governance, camouflage, mindfulness, climate change, drones, arctic geopolitics, eco-gentrification, sustainable citizenship, and water politics. In 2019 he received a Fellowship from the Independent Social Research Foundation for a project entitled 'Freedom in a Neuroliberal Age', which is exploring the impacts of smart tech and infrastructure on cities.

Research Interests: Cities and Climate Change/peak Oil; Environmental Governance; Urban Sustainability; Environmental Behaviour Change.

Selected Publications:

Whitehead, M. (2016). Genealogies of Urban-Regional Governance: Journeys in a Post-Socialist City Region. In R. Keil, P. Hamel, J-A Boudreau & S. Kipfer (eds.) Governing Cities Through Regions: Canadian and European Perspectives. Waterloo: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, pp. 305-318.

Whitehead, M. (2014). Environmental Transformations: A Geography of the Anthropocene. Abingdon: Routledge.

While, A. & Whitehead, M. (2013). Urbanization and Climate Change Special Issue Urban Studies. 59(7).

Whitehead, M. (2013). Degrowth or Regrowth Special Issue. Environmental Values. 22(2): 141-145.

Whitehead, M. (2013). Neoliberal Urban Environmentalism and the Adaptive City: Towards a Critical Urban Theory and Climate Change. Urban Studies: 1348-1367.

Whitehead, M. (2013). Sustainability. In C. Death (ed.) Critical Environmental Politics. London: Routledge.

Whitehead, M. (2012). Conservation and Nature+. Environmental Values. 21(3).

Keil, R. & Whitehead, M. (2012). Urban Politics and Sustainability'. In K. Mossberger & S. Smith (eds.) Oxford Handbook of Urban Politics. Oxford University Press.

Whitehead, M. (2012). Urban Sustainability and Economic Development. In T. Hutton & R. Paddison (eds.) Handbook of Urban Economic Development. Sage.

Whitehead, M. (2009). State, Science and the Skies: Environmental Governmentality and the British Atmosphere. Royal Geographical Society Book Series. Oxford: Blackwell.

Whitehead, M. (2006). Spaces of Sustainability: Geographical Perspectives on the Sustainable Society. London: Routledge: London.