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Dr Mark Jackson

Dr Mark Jackson

Dr Mark Jackson
B.A.(Hons), M.A., Ph.D.(Alta.)

Senior Lecturer in Postcolonial Geographies

Office 2.4n
University Road,
Clifton, Bristol BS8 1SS
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+44 (0) 117 928 9109


Welcome to my research profile.

I am a human geographer with a research focus in the following areas:

  • colonial and postcolonial geographies
  • contemporary and classical social theory and philosophy
  • urbanism and built space
  • technology and materiality
  • political ecology
  • critical political economy


Current Research

My current research focuses on how the postcolonial imagination and decolonising intellectual projects are being shaped by posthumanism. The broader aim is to rethink the political and ethical meaning of critique within relational ecologies. 

To this end, my current project, funded by a 2015-2016 Institute of Advanced Study University Research Fellowship is called: ‘Re-thinking Postcolonial Critique after Posthumanism.’ I am currently engaged in writing and editing two books as part of this project. The first is a monograph with the working title: Decolonising Critique: Ecology, Ontology, and the Postcolonial Imagination (forthcoming Rowman and Littlefield Int.). The second is an edited volume with the working title Postcolonial Transitions after Posthumanism and Political Ontology (forthcoming Routledge).

I am currently the series editor for a new Routledge Research Series called 'New Postcolonialisms'.


Past Research

Past research has examined the materialities of artificial islands, consumption and built space, postcolonial city spaces, commodities and urban consumer landscapes, city ruins, and historiographic ethics. Published work also includes visual research and photographic exhibitions.



In the summer of 2007, I joined the University of Bristol’s School of Geographical Sciences after having completed my PhD at the University of Alberta, in Canada, under the supervision of the noted Marxian sociologist and cultural historian, Prof. Derek Sayer. My PhD research focused on the postcolonial modernity of Calcutta. After a long stint of ethnographic, textual, archival, and visual research in Calcutta, I mobilised a reading of the city-text through the lens of German philosopher and literary critic Walter Benjamin, Bengali literary modernism, folk painting, and transitioning architectures of consumption and dwelling in the city.

My background is primarily theoretical, as my undergraduate honours and masters degrees were in philosophy, with an emphasis, in the latter, on Foucault’s aesthetics and the ethics of critique. Qualitative interests in visual methods, ethnography, and historiography were fuelled in the PhD, and continue to make themselves felt today. Comprehensive specialisms also included work in science and technology studies, political ecology, and environmental ethics. I taught for a few years at the University of Alberta as a Sessional Instructor while completing my PhD. Courses I taught included urban studies, community studies, gender theory, social and critical theory, introductory political economy, and introductory sociology.


Research Supervision

Current PhD students:

2012, Giuseppe Carta (PGTA, full-time) ‘Postsecularism and the Everyday Ontologies of Urban Life in Bologna, I taly’.

2015, Earl Harper (PGTA, full-time, co-supervised with Naomi Millner), ‘The Critical Politics of Sustainability in Future Cities Imaginaries’.

2015, Mat Keel (UoB Scholarship, full time, co-supervised with Maria Fannin) ‘Strange Times: A More than Human Political Ecology of ‘Magic Plants’ in the Anthropocene’.

2012, Joanna Mann (ESRC, full-time, co-supervised with Merle Patchett) ‘Geographies of the Knitscape: Re-thinking the Craft Subject through Skill, Creativity, and the Community’

2015, Ciara Merrick (ESRC, full-time, co-supervised with Maria Fannin) ‘Breath, Cultural Performativity, and Communities of Urban Embodiment in Postcolonial Northern Ireland’.

2012, Tom Roberts (ESRC, full-time, co-supervised with JD Dewsbury) ‘Life Beyond Bounds: Experiments in Transcendental Empiricism’



Association of American Geographers (AAG)

Royal Geographical Society Institute of British Geographers (RGS-IBG)

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy


I teach on and have convened the following units (past and present):

  • Colonial and Postcolonial Geographies (3rd yr)
  • Advanced Topics in Political Economy (3rd yr)
  • Nature, Culture, Power (3rd yr)
  • Philosophy, Social Theory and Geography (2nd yr)
  • Urban Field Course (2nd yr)
  • Qualitative Methods (2nd yr)
  • World in Crisis (1st yr and elective)
  • Postcolonial Cities (MSc)
  • Contemporary Debates in Human Geography (MSc)
  • Dissertation (3rd yr and MSc.)


Director of the School’s MSc in Human Geography, Society and Space from 2012-2015, and member of various teaching and learning committees at School and Faculty levels.

In 2011 and 2013 I was awarded the Anthony Hoare Teaching Prize as best human geography lecturer in the School of Geographical Sciences.

I am also an accredited (PGCert.) Fellow with the Higher Education Academy.


Recent publications

View complete publications list in the University of Bristol publications system


Dr Jackson currently teaches 10 courses:

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