Brett Christophers

Research Fellow


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I am an English-born geographer now living and working in Sweden. I received my undergraduate geography education at the University of Oxford in the early 1990s before moving to Canada and entering the human geography Masters program at the University of British Columbia.

Having completed my Masters degree in 1995, I spent 10 years away from academia and the university system – living in London, and working in and around the television industry.

In 2005 I moved to New Zealand to undertake doctoral studies at the University of Auckland. Upon completion of my PhD dissertation in 2008, my family and I moved to Sweden. I am currently a research fellow in the Department of Social and Economic Geography at Uppsala University.


Research Interests

I have a range of research interests spanning four main areas of human geography and the social sciences more broadly.

My current research is focused on money and finance. In this research I am seeking to bring together insights from both radical political economy and the more contemporary ‘social studies of finance’ literature. I have published two papers in this area (“Complexity, finance, and progress in human geography” and "Making finance productive"; see below for details of these and all other publications referenced here), and I am in the process of writing a book for Wiley-Blackwell’s Antipode Book Series, entitled Banking Across Boundaries, which examines the ways in which the domination of contemporary international banking markets by Western financial institutions is bound up with historical shifts in techno-political regimes of economic calculation and representation – including, most particularly, measures of ‘value creation’ and ‘productivity’ in national accounts.

Second, I have written extensively on economic geographies of the international media, with a twin focus on television and what are often referred to as the “creative industries.” As with my work on money and finance, this research draws upon both political economy and more ‘culturalist’ perspectives. My writings on television and the creative industries were brought together in my 2009 book Envisioning Media Power

Third, I have an ongoing interest in urban geography. My research in this area has taken two main forms. One is a series of empirical investigations into the neoliberalization of urban space in UK cities, particularly through consumption- and property-led redevelopment. Publications from this research include “The BBC, the creative class, and neoliberal urbanism in the north of England” and “Geographical knowledges and neoliberal tensions.” The other, linked research theme has been a set of more theoretically-oriented interventions into debates around the place of property in general – and, more specifically, urban property / the urbanization process – in the wider dynamics of capitalist accumulation. Key publications here are “On voodoo economics” and “Revisiting the urbanization of capital.”

Lastly, I have a longstanding interest in critical cultural and historical geographies of empire and colonialism. My main work in this field is the book Positioning the Missionary, which draws upon post-colonial and post-structural critiques to examine the missionary axis of British imperialism in mid- to late-nineteenth-century western Canada. As the title suggests, the book aims to ‘position’ missionaries vis-à-vis other agents of empire and wider constellations of imperial and colonial power.


Cited Publications


Christophers, B. (forthcoming) Banking Across Boundaries: Placing Finance in Capitalism. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell.

Christophers, B. (2009) Envisioning Media Power: On Capital and Geographies of Television. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.

Christophers, B. (1998) Positioning the Missionary: John Booth Good and the Confluence of Cultures in Nineteenth-Century British Columbia. Vancouver, BC: University of British Columbia Press.


Christophers, B. (forthcoming) “Revisiting the urbanization of capital” Annals of the Association of American Geographers

Christophers, B. (2011) “Making finance productive” Economy and Society, 40, 112-140

Christophers, B. (2010) “Geographical knowledges and neoliberal tensions: compulsory land purchase in a contemporary urban context” Environment and Planning A, 42, 856-873

Christophers, B. (2010) “On voodoo economics: theorizing relations of property, value, and contemporary capitalism” Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, NS 35, 94-108

Christophers, B. (2009) “Complexity, finance, and progress in human geography”, Progress in Human Geography, 33, 807-824

Christophers, B. (2008) “The BBC, the creative class, and neoliberal urbanism in the north of England”, Environment and Planning A, 40, 2313-2329



For a full list of publications, see my CV.



Last updated March 2011.