Anthony Ince

Anthony Ince


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Arbetar vid Kulturgeografiska institutionen
Besöksadress Svante Arrhenius väg 8
Postadress Kulturgeografiska institutionen 106 91 Stockholm

Om mig


I am a geographer, affiliated to the Stockholm Urban and Regional Research Environment (SURE), whose interests are situated in the intersections of political and social geographies. Broadly speaking, the work that I do considers the politics and possibilities of everyday social and power relations, and how people's situated negoatiations of wider-scale processes (e.g. globalisation) can inform agendas for social justice.

My present work draws from a background shaped by my BA (Hons) at the University of Liverpool in Philosophy & Politics and my MA in Cities and Cultures at Queen Mary, University of London. I also draw heavily from research and theoretical approaches beyond geography, including organisation studies, anthropology and political theory. My primary theoretical and methodological framework is driven by anarchist thought and practice.

Throughout my work, I seek to produce scholarship that is theoretically informed but firmly rooted in 'real-life' questions of how to nurture and expand everyday solidarities, mutual aid, and social justice. This has led much of my research to focus on engaged scholarship, offering insights oriented toward supporting diverse progressive causes including social movements and the labour movement.


Current projects

Backpacker political economies and voluntary exchange networks (2011-2015)

Drawing from 22 months of ethnographic and interview fieldwork in various locations across Europe and Asia, this project explores the ambiguous politics and geographies enacted through the global mutual aid networks and practices among alternative backpackers and travellers. A particular focus concerns the global voluntary exchange networks through which these travellers organise, share and support one another, such as CouchSurfing and World-Wide Opportunities on Organic Farming (WWOOF). These alternative global networks of encounter, knowledge exchange and mutual aid are nebulously organised around a transient and mobile population, and have extremely ambiguous and contested political(-economic) meanings and impacts.

Within this project, I have particularly foregrounded the spatially diverse ways in which practices of hospitality, encounter and mutual aid are awkwardly entangled within broader political-economic processes linked to globalisation, uneven development, state territorialisations and (hyper)diversity.

Much of this fieldwork was conducted in collaboration with Helen Bryant, a voluntary sector practitioner.


Post-statist geographies (2015 onwards)

In collaboration with Gerónimo Barrera de la Torre (UNAM, Mexico City), this currently theoretical project seeks to construct new epistemological frameworks that undermine and challenge the 'silent statism' in geographical knowledges and imaginations. Drawing principally from anarchist state theory, alongside postcolonial and decolonial ideas, the project seeks to 'decolonise' knowledge systems, with a view to producing alternative forms of knowing and being in the world, including the areas of methodology and pedagogy.


Geographies of fascism and anti-fascism (ongoing)

This has been an ongoing side-project for some time. While racism has been a key topic of geographical scholarship, the study of fascism and its opponents is sadly under-researched within geography and across the social sciences. My interest in this area is focused on the relational dynamics of these nebulous movements, and the role that national and class identities play in producing particular political subjectivities. Of particular interest to me is the contested role of authenticity in not only articulating, but also practically manifesting and producing meaning in, fascist and anti-fascist values, strategies and (sub)cultures.


Past projects

Globalisation, labour markets and communities in contemporary Britain (2010-2011)

This project at the University of Glasgow was a team project with Andrew Cumbers, Danny MacKinnoon, David Featherstone and Kendra Strauss, funded by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. The work considered local negotiations of globalisation, particularly focusing on migration and labour market change in three different UK case studies: Greater Glasgow (Hamilton and Motherwell), the ‘Heathrow Village’ in West London, and the Immingham area of North-East Lincolnshire. In this research, we investigated how differentially-situated communities and workforces variously related to global processes in diverse ways, especially focusing on groups’ agency and capacity for ‘owning’ and enforcing social justice agendas and positive social change.


Anarchist spatial strategies and the politics of everyday life (2006-2010)

This ESRC-funded doctoral research explored the everyday spatial strategies of three anarchist-inspired community and workplace initiatives in London, as they sought to negotiate the decline of the ‘anti-capitalist’ movement of the early 2000s. In particular, the research collaborated closely with participants to consider how radical projects can practically make meaningful and lasting connections in the local community and labour markets while maintaining transformative principles. In doing so, the research developed thinking on prefigurative politics, territorialisation, and social/power relations in practice.



Teaching experience

Topics include: political geographies, global economy, cultural geographies, public space and the city, qualitative research methods, participatory research methods, democracy and space, labour geographies.


Thesis supervision

Melanie Swales (2014) Is Rewilding "Post-Conservation"? Exploring the Role and Positioning of Humans in Rewilding Discourse and Practice. MA thesis. Department of Human Geography, Stockholm University.


Journal articles

Ince A and Barrera de la Torre G (in review) ‘For post-statist geographies’ Political Geography.

Ince A (forthcoming 2016) ‘Autonomy, territory, mobility: everyday (geo)politics in voluntary exchange networks’ L’Espace Politique.

Ince A (forthcoming 2015) ‘From middle ground to common ground: self-management and spaces of encounter in organic farming networks’ Annals of the Association of American Geographers.

Ince A, Featherstone D, Cumbers A, MacKinnon D, and Strauss K (2015) 'British jobs for British workers? Negotiating work, nation, and globalisation through the Lindsey Oil Refinery disputes' Antipode 47(1): 139-157.

Cumbers A, Featherstone D, MacKinnon D, Ince A and Strauss K (2014) ‘Intervening in globalisation: the spatial possibilities and institutional barriers to labour’s collective agency’ Journal of Economic Geography. DOI:10.1093/jeg/lbu039

Ince A (2012) 'In the shell of the old: anarchist geographies of territorialisation' Antipode 44(5), 1645-1666

Ince A (2011) ‘Contesting the ‘authentic’ community: far-right spatial strategy and everyday responses in an era of crisis’. Ephemera, 11(1), 6-26.


Journal commentaries and editorials

Ince A (2014) ‘The shape of geography to come’ Dialogues in Human Geography 4(3): 276-282.

Springer S, Ince A, Brown G, Pickerill J and Barker A (2012) 'Anarchist geographies: a new burst of colour' Antipode 44(5), 1591-1604.

Featherstone D, Ince A, MacKinnon D, Strauss K and Cumbers A (2012) 'Progressive localism and the construction of political alternatives' Transactions of the Institute of the British Geographers 37(2), 177-182.


Book chapters

Barrera de la Torre G and Ince A (forthcoming) ‘Post-statist geographies and the future of geographical knowledge production’ in Springer S, White, RJ and Lopes de Souza M [eds.] Transgressing Frontiers: Anarchism, Geography and the Spirit of Revolt. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield.

Ince A (2015) ‘Black flag mapping: emerging themes in anarchist geography’ in Levy C and Newman S [eds.] The Anarchist Imagination: Anarchism Encounters the Humanities and Social Sciences. London: Routledge.

Ince A (2009) ‘Whither anarchist geography?’ in Jun N and Wahl S [eds.] New Perspectives on Anarchism. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.


Edited books and journal special issues

Ince A and Hall SM [eds.] (forthcoming) Sharing Economies in Times of Crisis: Practices, Politics and Possibilities. Abingdon: Routledge.

Springer S, Ince A, Brown G, Pickerill J and Barker A [eds.] (2012) Special Issue: Anarchist Geographies. Antipode 44(5).



MacKinnon D, Cumbers A, Featherstone D, Ince A, and Strauss K (2011) Globalisation, Labour Markets and Communities in Contemporary Britain. York: Joseph Rowntree Foundation.


Book reviews

Ince A (2013) ‘Review: Blumenfeld J, Bottici C and Critchley S [eds] (2013) The Anarchist Turn’ [Online] Antipode.

Ince A (2008) ‘Review: Kindon S, Pain R and Kesby M [eds] (2007) Participatory Action Research Approaches and Methods: Connecting People, Participation and Place’ [Online] Urban Geography Research Group.

Ince A (2007) ‘Review: Mogel L and Baghat A [eds.] (2007) An Atlas of Radical Cartography’ [Online] Urban Geography Research Group.


Senast uppdaterad: 24 maj 2018

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