Dr Archie Davies
Department of Geography
Leverhulme Early Career Fellow
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Department of Geography
Geography and Planning Building
I graduated from the University of Oxford with a BA in English Literature and Language in 2010. After a number of years working in environmental policy, including in the Cabinet Office and as Head of European Policy and Campaigns at the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, I returned to academia. I received an MSc in Urban Studies from University College London in 2015, and my PhD from King’s College London in 2019, supervised by Alex Loftus. In 2019-20 I was a Visiting Stipendiary Fellow at the Institute of Latin American Studies at the University of London. I joined the Department of Geography as a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow in April 2020.
- Research interests
I am political ecologist with research interests in the geography of hunger, translation, and the history and philosophy of geography.
I have two major areas of ongoing research. The first concerns the ‘geography of hunger’, a concept put forward in the mid twentieth century by Josué de Castro (1908-73), a Brazilian activist, politician and geographer. I investigate how this idea emerged, how it has travelled, and how it can help us think about hunger and political ecology today.
My second major area of research concerns the history of twentieth century geographical ideas in Latin America, particularly the Northeast of Brazil. I am investigating the life and work of scholars and activists including Beatriz Nascimento and Milton Santos.
A number of thematic strands connect my current research. These include:
- Urban Political Ecology
- Geographical theory (particularly about space, nature, race and the body)
- The history of Latin American social thought
- Anti-colonial geography
- Biographical and archival methodologies
I am a practicing translator from Portuguese into English. I have translations forthcoming of Milton Santos (For a New Geography) and Beatriz Nascimento (selected essays and poems).
- Interventions in Adolescent Lives in Africa Through Story. Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies.
- The coloniality of infrastructure: Engineering, landscape and modernity in Recife. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space.
- Walter D. Mignolo and Catherine E. Walsh, On Decoloniality: Concepts, Analytics, Praxis (Durham, NC, and London: Duke University Press, 2018), pp. xii + 291, $99.95, $26.95 pb and E-book; £77.00, £20.99 pb and E-book.. Journal of Latin American Studies, 53(2), 399-402. View this article in WRRO
- Landscape semaphore: seeing mud and mangroves in the Brazilian Northeast. Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers.
- Perry Anderson, Brazil Apart, 1964–2019 (London and New York: Verso, 2019), pp. xv + 224, £16.99, hb. Journal of Latin American Studies, 53(1), 212-214.
- “In Front of the World”: Translating Beatriz Nascimento. Antipode.
- The racial division of nature: Making land in Recife. Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers. View this article in WRRO
- The body as infrastructure. Environment and Planning E: Nature and Space. View this article in WRRO
- Interpellation and urban transformation: Lisbon’s sardine subjects. Social and Cultural Geography. View this article in WRRO
- Milton Santos: The conceptual geographer and the philosophy of technics. Progress in Human Geography, 43(3), 584-591.
- Unwrapping the OXO Cube: Josué de Castro and the Intellectual History of Metabolism. Annals of the American Association of Geographers, 109(3), 837-856.
- Book review: Enterprising Nature: Economics, Markets and Finance in Global Biodiversity Politics. Progress in Human Geography, 42(2), 321-322.
- Staying with the Trouble: Making Kin in the Anthropocene. Antipode.