Prof Mark Whitehead

BSc Geography (Aberystwyth) PhD (Aberystwyth) PGCHE (Bangor)


Mark Whitehead is a Professor of human geography whose research interests span urban studies, sustainability, the impacts of the psychological sciences on public policy, and the social implications of smart technology. Mark has authored and edited 11 books, and written for The Guardian and Western Mail newspapers. His work has been featured on BBC Radio 4, The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, BBC Radio Wales and in The Economist. 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's research has been funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the Leverhulme Trust, the Independent Social Research Foundation, the British Academy, HEFCW, and the Royal Geographical Society. 

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Key Concepts in Sociology 

Geographical Perspectives on the Sustainable Society

Urban Risk and Environmental Resilience 

Behaviour Change (MSc)

The Psycho-Social Century




Recent Publications:

Collier, W & Whitehead, M 2023, 'Corporate Governmentality: Building the Empirical and Theoretical Case', Territory, Politics, Governance10.1080/21622671.2022.2153159

Collier, WGA & Whitehead, M 2023, 'Forced governmentality: From technology to techne', GeoJournal, vol. 88, no. 1, pp. 859-882. 10.1007/s10708-022-10663-y

Whitehead, M & Collier, W 2022, Smart-Tech Society: Convenience, Control and Resistance. Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd.

Feitsma, J & Whitehead, M 2022 ‘Behavioural Expertise: Drift, Thrift and Shift under COVID-19’ International Review of Public Policy 4: 149-170

Current and Former PhD/Post. Doc. students

Greg Edwards, Shaima Alhosani, Sandy Stephens, Rachel Lilley, Chandra Kumar, James Robinson, Kerhsuan Chien, Julie McLeavey, Chris Yeomans, Anna Bullen, Ruth Stevenson, Kelvin Mason, Marcus Welsh, Katherine Phillips, Martin Burgess, Philip Conway, Matthew Melas, Neil Waghorn, Cery Jones. William Collier. Siobhan Maderson. Katherine Stewart.


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Collier, W & Whitehead, M 2023, 'Corporate Governmentality: Building the Empirical and Theoretical Case', Territory, Politics, Governance, vol. 11, no. 5, pp. 1029-1048. 10.1080/21622671.2022.2153159
Collier, WGA & Whitehead, M 2023, 'Forced governmentality: From technology to techne', GeoJournal, vol. 88, no. 1, pp. 859-882. 10.1007/s10708-022-10663-y
Feistma, J & Whitehead, M 2022, 'Behavioural Expertise: Drift, Thrift, and Shift under COVID-19', International Review of Public Policy, vol. 4, no. 2, pp. 149-170. 10.4000/irpp.2634
Feitsma, J & Whitehead, M 2022, 'Bounded interdisciplinarity: Critical Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Context and Evidence in Behavioural Public Policies', Behavioural Public Policy, vol. 6, no. 3, pp. 358-384. 10.1017/bpp.2019.30
Whitehead, M & Collier, W 2022, Smart-Tech Society: Convenience, Control and Resistance. Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd.
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