John-David Dewsbury

Head of School

JD Dewsbury is Professor in Human Geography at the School of Science at UNSW Canberra. His research focuses upon the performative and non-representational nature of social life, in particular, on how we view space, environment, affects, human behaviour and subjectivity. Using post-continental philosophy his research looks at understandings of habit, agency and technology, understanding politics and identity through the relationship between ontology and events, and the impacts of assemblage theory and affect in research practice. Although situated in human geography, he has produced successful collaborations with performance studies, political theory, sociology and environmental studies. 

He is currently leading research capacity and expertise in the areas of Cultural and Environmental Geography at UNSW Canberra and developing research in the interdisciplinary field of Behavioural Science in the Age of Social-Technical Innovation, specifically looking at this in the context of Australia’s policy, defence and emergency service infrastructures.

His research has previously appeared in the journals Environment & Planning D, Cultural Geographies, Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, Social and Cultural Geographies, Area, and Performance Research.

Journal articles
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Roberts T; Dewsbury JD, 2021, 'Vital aspirations for geography in an era of negativity: Valuing life differently with Deleuze', Progress in Human Geography, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0309132521996462
2021
Dewsbury JD, 2015, 'Guattari’s resingularization of existence: Pooling uncertainties', Dialogues in Human Geography, vol. 5, pp. 155 - 161, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/2043820615587791
2015
Dewsbury JD, 2015, 'Non-representational landscapes and the performative affective forces of habit: from ‘Live’ to ‘Blank’', Cultural Geographies, vol. 22, pp. 29 - 47, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1474474014561575
2015
Dewsbury JD; Bissell D, 2015, 'Habit geographies: the perilous zones in the life of the individual', Cultural Geographies, vol. 22, pp. 21 - 28, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1474474014561172
2015
Dewsbury JD, 2014, 'Inscribing thoughts: The animation of an adventure', Cultural Geographies, vol. 21, pp. 147 - 152, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1474474012469005
2014
Sharpe S; Dewsbury JD; Hynes M, 2014, 'The minute interventions of Stewart Lee', Performance Research, vol. 19, pp. 116 - 125, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13528165.2014.928527
2014
Dewsbury JD, 2013, 'Engaging an infinity in actuality: Exposing political space in the authority of experience itself', Journal of Political Power, vol. 6, pp. 139 - 145, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/2158379X.2013.774972
2013
Dewsbury JD, 2012, 'Affective habit ecologies: Material dispositions and immanent inhabitations', Performance Research, vol. 17, pp. 74 - 82, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13528165.2012.712263
2012
Dewsbury JD, 2011, 'The Deleuze-Guattarian assemblage: Plastic habits', Area, vol. 43, pp. 148 - 153, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1475-4762.2011.01006.x
2011
Dewsbury JD; Cloke Paul P, 2009, 'Spiritual landscapes: Existence, performance and immanence', Social and Cultural Geography, vol. 10, pp. 695 - 711, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14649360903068118
2009
Dewsbury JD, 2007, 'Unthinking subjects: Alain Badiou and the event of thought in thinking politics', Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, vol. 32, pp. 443 - 459, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1475-5661.2007.00271.x
2007
Dewsbury JD, 2003, 'Witnessing space: 'Knowledge without contemplation'', Environment and Planning A, vol. 35, pp. 1907 - 1932, http://dx.doi.org/10.1068/a3582
2003
Dewsbury JD; Naylor S, 2002, 'Practising geographical knowledge: Fields, bodies and dissemination', Area, vol. 34, pp. 253 - 260, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1475-4762.00079
2002
Dewsbury JD; Harrison P; Rose M; Wylie J, 2002, 'Enacting geographies - Introduction', GEOFORUM, vol. 33, pp. 437 - 440, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0016-7185(02)00029-5
2002
Dewsbury JD, 2002, 'Embodying Time, Imagined and Sensed', Time & Society, vol. 11, pp. 147 - 154, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0961463X02011001010
2002
Dewsbury JD, 2000, 'Performativity and the event: Enacting a philosophy of difference', Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, vol. 18, pp. 473 - 496, http://dx.doi.org/10.1068/d200t
2000
Thrift N; Dewsbury JD, 2000, 'Dead geographies - And how to make them live', Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, vol. 18, pp. 411 - 432, http://dx.doi.org/10.1068/d1804ed
2000
Books
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Dewsbury JD, 2019, Foreword civic space and desire: After Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari
2019
Edited Books
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Dewsbury J-D; Jellis T; Gerlach J, (eds.), 2019, Why Guattari? A Liberation of Cartographies, Ecologies and Politics, Routledge, Abingdon. Oxon
2019
Book Chapters
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Dewsbury J-D, 2019, 'Refrains of Lost Time: Collapse, Refrain, Abstract', in Why Guattari? A Liberation of Cartographies, Ecologies and Politics, Routledge, pp. 88 - 98
2019
Jellis T; Gerlach J; Dewsbury J-D, 2019, 'Introduction: For Better and For Worse', in Why Guattari? A Liberation of Cartographies, Ecologies and Politics, Routledge, pp. 1 - 11
2019
Dewsbury J-D, 2019, 'Foreword: Civic Space and Desire: after Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari', in Civic Spaces and Desire, Routledge, pp. xvii - xxi
2019
Dewsbury JD, 2016, 'Engaging an infinity in actuality: Exposing political space in the authority of experience itself', in Authority, Experience and the Life of Power, pp. 139 - 145
2016
Dewsbury JD, 2012, 'Language and the event: The unthought of appearing worlds', in Taking-Place: Non-Representational Theories and Geography, pp. 147 - 160
2012
Dewsbury JD, 2012, 'Dancing: The secret slowness of the fast', in Geographies of Mobilities: Practices, Spaces, Subjects, pp. 51 - 68
2012
Murphie AK, 2010, 'Shadow's Forces/Forces' Shadows', in Bissell D; Fuller G (ed.), Stillness in a Mobile World, Routledge, London, pp. 21 - 37, http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9780203855898
2010
Dewsbury JD, 2010, 'Dancing: The secret slowness of the fast', in Geographies of Mobilities: Practices, Spaces, Subjects, pp. 51 - 67
2010
Dewsbury JD, 2010, 'Language and the event: The unthought of appearing worlds', in Taking-Place: Non-Representational Theories and Geography, pp. 147 - 160
2010
Dewsbury JD, 2010, 'Performative, non-representational, and affect-based research: Seven injunctions', in The SAGE Handbook of Qualitative Geography, pp. 321 - 334, http://dx.doi.org/10.4135/9780857021090.n20
2010
Dewsbury JD, 2009, 'Affect', in International Encyclopedia of Human Geography, pp. 20 - 24, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/B978-008044910-4.00917-2
2009
Dewsbury JD, 2009, 'Avant-Garde/Avant-Garde Geographies', in International Encyclopedia of Human Geography, pp. 252 - 256, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/B978-008044910-4.00664-7
2009
Conference Papers
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Shabajee P; Preist C; Fairbrother M; Dewsbury JD, 2014, 'ICT 4 climate change adaptation: Systemic and generative perspectives & tools', in ICT for Sustainability 2014, ICT4S 2014, pp. 248 - 257
2014

2016        Bristol-Kyoto Symposium/The Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation £9’000 w/ Andrew Lapworth and Jenifer Coates Deterritorialising Visual Theory and Culture: Anglo-Japanese Encounters

2013-14   ESRC - Seminar Series, £23,870.28 w/ Jessica Pykett (PI), Ben Anderson, Maria Fannin, Rhys Jones, Joe Painter, Mark Whitehead: Behaviour Change and Psychological Governance.

2013-14  University Research Fellowship, University of Bristol £10,000.

2013        Visiting Fellowship UNSW AUS $12,080.

2012-13  University of Bristol Cabot Institute, £5,000, co-PI w/ Chris Priest and Malcolm Fairbrother: ICT4 Adaption; 

2012       AHRC: Follow-up Impact Grant, £100,000, Beyond the Flood: performance events in Eastville, Bristol & Shipley, Leeds core participant;

2011-12  BRITISH COUNCIL - UK/US Connect Partnerships, £14,000, PI  w/ Maria Fannin, Keith Woodward: The Politics of Affect;

2010-11  AHRC - Researching Environmental Change ProgrammeReflecting on Environmental Change through Site-based Performancecore participant;

2011       WUN/IAS - Research Initiative Fund, £5,000, co-PI w/ Maria Fannin: Political Events and Spaces of Affect

2010       WUN Research Mobility Programme, £1,277 w/ University of Wisconsin-Madison: Emerging Localized Politics in the Event Based Philosophy of Alain Badiou, Jean-Luc Nancy & Jacques Ranciere.

2009-10  University of Bristol Global Change Initiative, £5,000, co-PI w/ Bronwen Morgan, Mark Jackson, and Eldin Fahmy: Affecting Concern in Climate Change and Social Policy. 

2009        AHRC - Beyond Text Research Programme: named participant in two network workshops.De-placing Future Memory

2007-08  AHRC – Landscape and Environment Research Programme: named participant in three network workshops and site research Living in a Material World

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