Posted on 31/01/2013
Klaus Dodds, Professor of Geopolitics at Royal Holloway, is co-editor of the recently-published Ashgate Companion to Critical Geopolitics. This volume, co-edited with Merje Kuus (Geography, University of British Columbia, Canada) and Joanne Sharp (Geography, University of Glasgow) provides an overview of the key foundations of critical geopolitics as a sub-discipline, as well as laying out key research questions for the future. Alasdair Pinkerton, Lecturer in Geography at Royal Holloway, has also contributed to the volume through a chapter on journalists as geopolitics agents.
In discussing the book, Klaus commented, "The Companion was intended to bring together a range of scholars, senior to early career, with a shared interest in critical geopolitics as an intellectual and political project. Making sense of this academic field was a challenge as it entered its third decade of existence, but we decided upon three organising contexts - foundations, agents and sites. The rationale for this being that readers should be given a sense of how we address foundational ideas and practices (e.g. realism and neo-liberalism), agents (e.g. political leaders, activists, journalists) and sites (e.g. airports, battlefields, home). Taken together, we hope that the Companion will not only act as a teaching resource for a new generation of political geographers, but also serve as a foil for those seeking to develop the field."
Klaus and Alasdair both teach on the MSc Geopolitics and Security degree taught jointly by the Departments of Geography, and Politics & International Relations at Royal Holloway.