Professor Mark Whitehead
BSc Geography (Aberystwyth)
- Managing Editor of Environmental Values
- Reviews Editor of Area
- Human Dimensions Research Manager (Aberystwyth) Climate Change Consortium of Wales
- Coordinator of the Environment and Society Reseaerch Group
- Global Environmental Issues (GG12710)
- Sustainability and Resilience (GG28910)
- Urban Risk and Environmental Resilience (GG37520)
Convenor of the Master’s module Environmental Policy and Sustainability
- New Political Geographies
- Environment and Society
Mark Whitehead joined the staff of the Department of Geography and Earth Sciences in 2000 and was awarded a personal chair in 2013. His early research focused on the changing forms of urban policy under the New Labour government in the UK. His subsequent work has spanned various aspects of political and environmental studies with a particular concern for the changing nature of state power. In a recent project, which was funded by the Leverhulme Trust, Mark was involved in developing the first comprehensive account of the rise of psychological forms of government in the UK state. This project resulted in the recent publication of the book Changing Behaviours: On the Rise of the Psychological State (Edward Elgar, 2013). Mark has just commenced a new research project funded by the UK government’s Economic and Social Research Council. This project is entitled Negotiating Neuroliberalism and is developing an international comparative study of the rise of psychological power within governments throughout the world.
IGES Projects (Affiliated With)
- The Time-Spaces of Soft Paternalism: states, citizenship, governmentality 2008-2011 (Leverhulme Trust) (co-investigator)
- Mining Memories (AHRC) (co-investogator)
- Negotiating Neuroliberalism (ESRC-Transforming Social Science) (Primary Investogator)
Current PhD Students
Mark came to Aberystwyth in 1994 to study for a BSc degree in Geography. He graduated with First Class Honours in 1997 and was awarded the James Fairgreave and Gregynog Prizes for Geography. He commenced his PhD, exploring the emergence of sustainable urban development planning in the UK, in October 1997, under the supervision of Mark Goodwin, Gordon McLeod, and Martin Jones. He was appointed a lecturer in the Institute of Geography and Earth Sciences in 2000, before he successfully defended his PhD thesis in 2001.
(RE)Inhabiting Awareness: Geography and Mindfulness. Social and Cultural Geography 17 (4) pp. 553-573. 10.1080/14649365.2015.10895902016.
Mindfulness, Behaviour Change and Engagement in Environmental Policy. Prifysgol Aberystwyth | Aberystwyth University Other2016.
Mindfulness, Behaviour Change and Engagement in Public Policy - Evaluation Report 2. Prifysgol Aberystwyth | Aberystwyth University, Aberystwyth Other2016.
Mindfulness, Behaviour Change, and Decision Making: An Experimental Trial. University of Birmingham, Birmingham Other2016.
What would 'mindful capabilities' be? A comment on Mabsout's 'mindful capability'. Ecological Economics 120 pp. 355-357. 10.1016/j.ecolecon.2015.10.0022015.
An Introduction to Political Geography: Space, Place and Politics. 2ndth edn, Taylor & Francis2014.
Environmental Transformations: A Geography of the Anthropocene. Taylor & Francis2014.
Nudging All Over the World: Assessing the global impact of the behavioural sciences on public policy. Economic and Social Research Council Other2014.
Urban economic development and environmental sustainability. In R. Paddison, T. Hutton (eds), Cities and Economic Change. Sage Publications pp. 196-215.2014.
Behaviour Change policies in the UK: An anthropological perspective. Geoforum 48 pp. 33-41. 10.1016/j.geoforum.2013.03.0122013.
Changing Behaviours: On the Rise of the Psychological State. Edward Elgar Publishing, Cheltenham 10.4337/97808579368822013.
Mining Memories: Placing the Anthropocene. Prifysgol Aberystwyth | Aberystwyth University2013.
Neoliberal Urban Environmentalism and the Adaptive City: Towards a Critical Urban Theory and Climate Change. Urban Studies 50 (7) pp. 1348-1367. 10.1177/00420980134809652013.
Between Here and There: The Politics of Urban Vulnerability. In S. Dooling, G. Simon (eds), Cities, Nature and Development: The Politics and Production of Urban Vulnerabilities. Taylor & Francis2012.
Cities and the politics of sustainability. In K. Mossberger, S. Clarke, P. John (eds), The Oxford Handbook of Urban Politics. Oxford University Press2012.
Geography, libertarian paternalism and neuro-politics in the UK. Geographical Journal 178 (4) pp. 302-307. 10.1111/j.1475-4959.2012.00469.x2012.
The Sustainable City an Obituary: Critical Reflections on the Future of Sustainable Urbanism. In J. Flint, M. Raco (eds), The Future of the Sustainable City: Critical Reflections. Policy Press pp. 29-46.2012.
Transition Urbanism and the Contested Politics of Ethical Place Making. Antipode 44 (2) pp. 493-516. 10.1111/j.1467-8330.2010.00868.x2012.
Governing irrationality, or a more than rational government? Reflections on the re-scientisation of decision-making in British Public Policy. Environment and Planning A 43 (12) pp. 2819-2837. 10.1068/a435752011.
Interventions in the political geography of ‘libertarian paternalism’. Political Geography 30 (6) pp. 301-310. 10.1016/j.polgeo.2011.05.0032011.
The Geographies of Soft Paternalism in the UK: The Rise of the Avuncular State and Changing Behaviour after Neoliberalism. Geography Compass 5 (1) pp. 50-62. 10.1111/j.1749-8198.2010.00403.x2011.
Big Society's Little Nudges: The Changing Politics of Health Care in an Age of Austerity. Political Studies 1 (3) pp. 85-87. 10.1111/j.2041-9066.2010.00037.x2010.
Hollow Sustainabilities? Perspectives on Sustainable Development in the Postsocialist World. Geography Compass 4 (11) pp. 1618–1634. 10.1111/j.1749-8198.2010.00398.x2010.
Governing temptation: the emerging geographies of soft paternalism. Governing temptation: the emerging geographies of soft paternalism, Royal Geographical Society's annual conference, Manchester 2009, , 26/08/2009 - 28/08/2009.2009.
State, Science and the Skies: Governmentalities of the British Atmosphere. RGSIBG Book Series Wiley 10.1002/97814443078702009.
Sustainability, Urban. In R. Kitchin, N. Thrift (eds), International Encyclopedia of Human Geography. Elsevier pp. 109-116.2009.
The Politics of the Metropocene: Shades of Grey, Blue and Green. The Politics of the Metropocene: Shades of Grey, Blue and Green, Manchester, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, 11/02/2009 - 11/11/2009.2009.
The Wood for the Trees: Ordinary Environmental Injustice and the Everyday Right to Urban Nature. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research 33 (3) 5 pp. 662-681. 10.1111/j.1468-2427.2009.00862.x2009.
Charles David Keeling. In S. Philander (ed), The Encyclopedia of Climate Change and Global Warming. Sage Publications2008.
Cold Monsters and Ecological Leviathan: on the relationships between states and the environment. Geography Compass 2 (2) pp. 414-432. 10.1111/j.1749-8198.2007.00088.x2008.
Domesticating technological myth: gender, exhibition spaces and the clean air movement in the UK. Social and Cultural Geography 9 (6) pp. 635-651. 10.1080/146493608022924542008.
The nature of the state: excavating the political ecologies of the modern state. Oxford University Press2007.
Spatializing the Ecological Leviathan: Territorial Strategies and the Production of Regional Natures. Geografiska Annaler: Series B, Human Geography 88 (1) pp. 49-65. 10.1111/j.0435-3684.2006.00205.x Cadair Other2006.