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Castree, Noel Professor

Honorary Professorial Fellow

  • Faculty of Social Sciences
  • School of Geography and Sustainable Communities
  • Australian Centre for Cultural Environmental Research

Top Publications


    Year Title
    2014 Changing the intellectual climate
    Published in   Nature Climate Change
    2016 Geography and the new social contract for global change research
    Published in   Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers
    2008 Neoliberalising nature: processes, effects, and evaluations
    Published in   Environment and Planning A
    2009 The spatio-temporality of capitalism
    Published in   Time and Society
    2013 Valuing the value of Marx
    Published in   Capital and Class

Research Overview


  • I have four main research interests: the societal role of expertise about global environmental change; the political economy of environmental change; the broader relationships between people and their environments; and the governance of universities and other knowledge producing institutions. Cross-cutting all four interests is a long-term preoccupation with how epistemological and political representation bleed into one another. I have long been interested in how certain ways of depicting the world become normalised, while others are cast into darkness or otherwise fail to be socially influential.

    In my career so far I have made some modest contributions to theorising the connections between capitalism and the biophysical world, with a particular focus on neoliberalism. More generally I have tried to offer a conceptual vocabulary able to avoid the antinomies of naturalism and social constructionism in analyses of the world’s natural resources and environments. In recent years I have focussed on global change science and how so-called 'human dimensions' are being incorporated into expert claims about Earth present and future. For a few years before and just after the new millennium I involved myself in the field of 'labour geography', lead-authoring a book and publishing several articles and chapters.

    One of the particular pleasures of being a geographer is exposure to environmental science, social science and humanities approaches to understanding people and planet. I seek to make a virtue of Geography’s unique ‘ecology of knowledge’ in my research and teaching. As an Honorary Professorial Research Fellow I visit Wollongong annually, not least to work on an ARC Discovery Project with colleagues based at the University of Melbourne.

Selected Publications


Outreach Overview


  • I have undertaken wider disciplinary service in Geography for many years in a number of capacities. First, I have been an external examiner for both undergraduate and masters programmes (at Oxford University, the Open University, Sheffield University, Nottingham University, Liverpool University, Queen Mary College and Loughborough University, all in the UK). Second, I have edited two established peer review journals, Antipode (published by Wiley-Blackwell) and Progress in Human Geography (Sage). Third, I have reviewed many grant applications for the ESRC, NSF, Marsden Fund and other national funding bodies. Fourth, I have been involved in research publication assessment and analysis for HEFCE, the RGS-IBG, AHRC and several British universities. Finally, I have contributed to pre-university geographical education, first by working with the British Geographical Association on the Pilot GCSE in Geography (2001-2) and, more recently, as a co-editor of Geography Review, the leading A level Geography magazine in the UK.

Awards And Honors


Keywords


  • environmental political economy; Marxism;  epistemology;  politics of knowledge;  university governance

Full Name


  • Noel Castree

Mailing Address


  • Dept. of Geography & Sustainable Communities

    Building 41

    Wollongong

    NSW

    2522

    Australia

Web Of Science Researcher Id


  • H-1524-2016

Top Publications


    Year Title
    2014 Changing the intellectual climate
    Published in   Nature Climate Change
    2016 Geography and the new social contract for global change research
    Published in   Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers
    2008 Neoliberalising nature: processes, effects, and evaluations
    Published in   Environment and Planning A
    2009 The spatio-temporality of capitalism
    Published in   Time and Society
    2013 Valuing the value of Marx
    Published in   Capital and Class

Research Overview


  • I have four main research interests: the societal role of expertise about global environmental change; the political economy of environmental change; the broader relationships between people and their environments; and the governance of universities and other knowledge producing institutions. Cross-cutting all four interests is a long-term preoccupation with how epistemological and political representation bleed into one another. I have long been interested in how certain ways of depicting the world become normalised, while others are cast into darkness or otherwise fail to be socially influential.

    In my career so far I have made some modest contributions to theorising the connections between capitalism and the biophysical world, with a particular focus on neoliberalism. More generally I have tried to offer a conceptual vocabulary able to avoid the antinomies of naturalism and social constructionism in analyses of the world’s natural resources and environments. In recent years I have focussed on global change science and how so-called 'human dimensions' are being incorporated into expert claims about Earth present and future. For a few years before and just after the new millennium I involved myself in the field of 'labour geography', lead-authoring a book and publishing several articles and chapters.

    One of the particular pleasures of being a geographer is exposure to environmental science, social science and humanities approaches to understanding people and planet. I seek to make a virtue of Geography’s unique ‘ecology of knowledge’ in my research and teaching. As an Honorary Professorial Research Fellow I visit Wollongong annually, not least to work on an ARC Discovery Project with colleagues based at the University of Melbourne.

Selected Publications


Outreach Overview


  • I have undertaken wider disciplinary service in Geography for many years in a number of capacities. First, I have been an external examiner for both undergraduate and masters programmes (at Oxford University, the Open University, Sheffield University, Nottingham University, Liverpool University, Queen Mary College and Loughborough University, all in the UK). Second, I have edited two established peer review journals, Antipode (published by Wiley-Blackwell) and Progress in Human Geography (Sage). Third, I have reviewed many grant applications for the ESRC, NSF, Marsden Fund and other national funding bodies. Fourth, I have been involved in research publication assessment and analysis for HEFCE, the RGS-IBG, AHRC and several British universities. Finally, I have contributed to pre-university geographical education, first by working with the British Geographical Association on the Pilot GCSE in Geography (2001-2) and, more recently, as a co-editor of Geography Review, the leading A level Geography magazine in the UK.

Awards And Honors


Keywords


  • environmental political economy; Marxism;  epistemology;  politics of knowledge;  university governance

Full Name


  • Noel Castree

Mailing Address


  • Dept. of Geography & Sustainable Communities

    Building 41

    Wollongong

    NSW

    2522

    Australia

Web Of Science Researcher Id


  • H-1524-2016