Professor John-David Dewsbury

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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.

Book Chapters

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

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

Dewsbury J-D, 2019, 'Foreword: Civic Space and Desire: after Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari', in Civic Spaces and Desire, Routledge, pp. xvii - xxi

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

Dewsbury JD, 2013, 'The singularity of the ‘still’: ‘Never suspend the question’', in Stillness in a Mobile World, pp. 175 - 191, http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9780203855898

Dewsbury JD, 2012, 'Language and the event: The unthought of appearing worlds', in Taking-Place: Non-Representational Theories and Geography, pp. 147 - 160

Dewsbury JD, 2012, 'Dancing: The secret slowness of the fast', in Geographies of Mobilities: Practices, Spaces, Subjects, pp. 51 - 68

Dewsbury JD, 2010, 'Dancing: The secret slowness of the fast', in Geographies of Mobilities: Practices, Spaces, Subjects, pp. 51 - 67

Dewsbury JD, 2010, 'Language and the event: The unthought of appearing worlds', in Taking-Place: Non-Representational Theories and Geography, pp. 147 - 160

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

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

Dewsbury JD, 2009, 'Affect', in International Encyclopedia of Human Geography, pp. 20 - 24, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/B978-008044910-4.00917-2

Journal articles

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

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

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

Dewsbury JD, 2014, 'Inscribing thoughts: The animation of an adventure', Cultural Geographies, vol. 21, pp. 147 - 152, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1474474012469005

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dewsbury JD, 2003, 'Witnessing space: 'Knowledge without contemplation'', Environment and Planning A, vol. 35, pp. 1907 - 1932, http://dx.doi.org/10.1068/a3582

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

Dewsbury JD, 2002, 'Embodying Time, Imagined and Sensed', Time & Society, vol. 11, pp. 147 - 154, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0961463X02011001010

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

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

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

Conference Papers

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, presented at

Edited Books

Dewsbury J-D; Jellis T; Gerlach J, (eds.), 2019, Why Guattari? A Liberation of Cartographies, Ecologies and Politics, Routledge Studies in Human Geography, Routledge, Abingdon. Oxon