Dr Daniel Hammett
Department of Geography
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Department of Geography
Geography and Planning Building
Daniel Hammett read for a BA Geography at the University of Oxford (2002) before moving to the Centre of African Studies at the University of Edinburgh where he gained his MSc by research (2003) and PhD (2007). He then held an ESRC Post-Doctoral Fellowship and an ESRC Research Fellowship at the Institute of Geography, University of Edinburgh before moving on to a Post-Doctoral Fellowship in the School of Geography, Archaeology and Environmental Studies at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa.
He joined the Department in Sheffield as a Lecturer in 2010 and was awarded a Faculty Research Fellowship in 2012, before being promoted to Senior Faculty Research Fellow in January 2015, and Senior Lecturer in September 2015.
He is the Director of Learning and Teaching in the Department of Geography.
He also held a Research Associate position at the Department of Geography, University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa from 2010 to 2014.
- Research interests
My research addresses concerns within political and development geography, primarily in relation to sub-Saharan Africa. My work falls into two main themes: geographies of citizenship and civil society, and geopolitics of the global south. Specifically, my work explores questions around scales and practices of citizenship in relation to practices of governmentality and identity, as well as addressing how understandings of belonging and division are developed and promoted.
Current research projects include:
I am a co-investigator on this ERC-funded project (working with Lynn Staeheli (Durham) and Alex Jeffrey (Cambridge)) considering the politics of youth citizenship and civic engagement in divided societies. Comprising a multi-level, multi-sited ethnography, this project looks at how national and international civil society organisations foster youth identity, belonging and citizenship in South Africa, Lebanon and Bosnia-Herzegovina.
Geographies of citizenship, civil society and governance
This work explores the changing nature of and space for citizenship, civil society and activism. Specifically, this work addresses questions of how political power and governance are used to develop and limit understandings of belonging and the practices of claims-making by citizens and civil society. Integral to this work is a concern with how notions of ‘civility’ are used to limit what is allowed as ‘good’ or ‘active’ citizenship, as well as questioning the scales at which citizenship is understood and enacted through participation in both invented and invited public spaces. At the heart of this work is a concern with understanding how active and activists citizens contest and seek to realise citizenship, belonging and democratisation.
Political satire, iconography and contested constructions of the state and nation
Drawing from a range of sources including political cartoons, postage stamps, and political ephemera I explore the ways in which dynamic ideas of nation-hood and state-hood are projected, contested, interpreted and challenged in Southern Africa. Work in this theme has addressed ephemera produced in South Africa and Zimbabwe, and has led to contributions to discussions on the role of civil society in sub-Saharan Africa.
- Research and Fieldwork in Development. Routledge.
- Making Nations, Creating Strangers States and Citizenship in Africa. BRILL.
- The Palgrave Handbook of International Development. Palgrave Macmillan.
- Beyond ‘do no harm’? On the need for a dynamic approach to research ethics. Area.
- Book review: Wiegratz, J., Martiniello, G. and Greco, E., editors, 2018: Uganda: The Dynamics of Neoliberal Transformation. Progress in Development Studies, 22(1), 92-93.
- The new age of the nation state?. Geography, 106(2), 76-84.
- From banal to everyday nationalism: narrations of nationhood. Geography, 106(1), 16-24.
- Resident tourists and the local 'other'. Tourism Geographies. View this article in WRRO
- View this article in WRRO Whose development? Power and space in international development. Geography, 104(1), 12-18.
- Developing a ‘civil’ society in partial democracies: In/civility and a critical public sphere in Uganda and Singapore. Political Geography, 67, 145-155. View this article in WRRO
- The ethics of (not) giving back. Area. View this article in WRRO
- Engaging citizens, depoliticizing society? Training citizens as agents for good governance. Geografiska Annaler Series B: Human Geography. View this article in WRRO
- Building peaceful citizens? Nation-building in divided societies. Space and Polity, 21(2), 129-143. View this article in WRRO
- Attitudinal change and emotional security: informing maternal health policies in rural Tanzania. International Development Planning Review, 39(2), 143-162. View this article in WRRO
- Negotiating identities and emotional belonging: Shan in northern Thailand. Emotion, Space and Society, 19, 21-28. View this article in WRRO
- IDPR in 2016 and beyond. International Development Planning Review, 38(4), 347-357.
- 100 key research questions for the post-2015 development agenda. Development Policy Review, 34(1), 55-82. View this article in WRRO
- Viewpoint: ‘The world is going to university’: higher education and the prospects for sustainable development. International Development Planning Review, 37(4), 361-372. View this article in WRRO
- Understanding the Role of Communication in Promoting Active and Activist Citizenship. Geography Compass, 8(9), 617-626.
- Expressing 'nationhood' under conditions of constrained sovereignty: Postage stamp iconography of the Bantustans. Environment and Planning A, 46(4), 901-919.
- Acknowledging and reflecting: A response to Daya (2012) and Lawhon (2012). GEOFORUM, 47, A6-A8.
- Transition and the Education of the New South African Citizen. COMPARATIVE EDUCATION REVIEW, 57(2), 309-331.
- Physician migration in the global south between cuba and south africa. International Migration.
- Housing and health in an informal settlement upgrade in Cape Town, South Africa. Journal of Housing and the Built Environment, 1-13.
- Acknowledging and reflecting: A response to Daya (2012) and Lawhon (2012). Geoforum.
- Tourism Images and British Media Representations of South Africa. Tourism Geographies.
- Commemorating and Forgetting: challenges for the new South Africa by Martin Murray. Transformation: Critical Perspectives on Southern Africa, 83(1), 103-105.
- Negotiating the academic periphery: Critical reflections on early career mobility. Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography, 33(3), 286-290.
- Reflections on the politics and practices of knowledge production beyond the Anglo-American core: An introductory note. Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography, 33(3), 283-286.
- 'For the future of the nation': Citizenship, nation, and education in South Africa. Political Geography.
- Envisaging the nation: The philatelic iconography of transforming South African national narratives. Geopolitics, 17(3), 526-552.
- Paying for interviews? Negotiating ethics, power and expectation. Area.
- Home spaces, street styles. SOUTH AFRICAN GEOGRAPHICAL JOURNAL, 94(1), 87-88.
- W(h)ither South African human geography?. Geoforum, 43(5), 937-947.
- Requiring Respect: Searching for Non-Racialism in Post-Apartheid South Africa. Politikon, 39(1), 71-88.
- Tales from the Road: Reflections on power and disciplining within the academy. Environment and Planning A: international journal of urban and regional research, 2(44), 445-457.
- Resistance, power and geopolitics in Zimbabwe. AREA, 43(2), 202-210.
- British media representations of South Africa and the 2010 FIFA World Cup. S AFR GEOGR J, 93(1), 63-74.
- Beyond decoding: Political cartoons in the classroom. Journal of Geography in Higher Education, 35(1), 103-119.
- View this article in WRRO Zapiro and Zuma: A Symptom of an Emerging Constitutional Crisis in South Africa?. Political Geography, 2(29), 88-96.
- Ongoing contestations: The use of racial signifiers in post-apartheid South Africa. Social Identities, 16(2), 247-260.
- Political Cartoons, Post-Colonialism and Critical African Studies. Critical African Studies(4), 1-26.
- Educating the new national citizen: education, political subjectivity and divided societies. CITIZENSHIP STUD, 14(6), 667-680.
- Respect and responsibility: Teaching citizenship in South African high schools. International Journal of Educational Development.
- Reworking and resisting globalising influences: Cape Town hip-hop. GeoJournal, 1-12.
- Performing the Primitive in the Postcolony: Nyoni’s Kraal in Cape Town. Urban Forum, 20(2), 215-233.
- Local Beats to Global Rhythms: Student Identities and the Negotiation of Global Cultural Imports in South Africa. Social and Cultural Geography, 4(10), 403-421.
- Disrespecting Teacher: The Decline in Social Standing of Teachers in Cape Town, South Africa. International Journal of Educational Development, 3(28), 340-347.
- The Challenge of a Perception of ‘Un-Entitlement’ to Citizenship in Post-Apartheid South Africa. Political Geography, 6(27), 652-668.
- Cuban intervention in South African health care provision. Journal of Southern African Studies, 33(1), 63-81.
- The friendly financier: Talking money with the silenced assistant. HUMAN ORGANIZATION, 66(3), 292-300.
- The new tyranny of student participation? Student voice and the paradox of strategic-active student-citizens. Teaching in Higher Education, 1-16.
- Introduction: A call for action in a multi-disciplinary world In Hammett D & Grugel J (Ed.), The Palgrave Handbook of International Development (pp. 1-18). London: Palgrave Macmillan.
- Introduction: A Call for Action in a Multidisciplinary World, The Palgrave Handbook of International Development (pp. 1-18). Palgrave Macmillan UK
- Verwoerd, Hendrik In Stone J, Dennis R, Rizova P, Smith A & Hou X (Ed.), Blackwell Encyclopedia of Race, Ethnicity and Nationalism Wiley-Blackwell
- Working with NPOs to enhance collective learning through an international fieldclass In Erasmus M & Albertyn R (Ed.), Knowledge as Enablement: Higher education engagement with the third sector in South Africa
- Requiring respect: Searching for non-racialism in post-apartheid South Africa In Everatt D (Ed.), Non-racialism in South Africa
- Civil Society and the Politics of Belonging in Southern Africa, The Handbook of Civil Society in Africa (pp. 125-142). Springer New York
- Narrating the contested public sphere: Zapiro, zuma & freedom of expression in South Africa, Civic Agency in Africa: Arts of Resistance in the 21st Century (pp. 204-225).
- Educating the New National Citizen: Education, Political Subjectivity, and Divided Societies, Governing Through Pedagogy: Re-Educating Citizens London: Routledge.
- Introduction: Citizenship and its casualities in Africa In Dorman S, Hammett D & Nugent P (Ed.), Making Nations, Creating Strangers States and Citizenship in Africa BRILL
- Verwoerd, Hendrik (1901-66) (pp. 1-2). John Wiley & Sons, Ltd
- Tourism and Crisis Routledge
- Teaching interests
His teaching interests have covered a range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses. At the undergraduate level his contributions to courses in political and development geography have explored key geographic issues and their relationship to everyday life. In particular, his teaching has explored questions of uneven development, geopolitics and power relations. His interactive style of teaching and use of board games, music, videos and the media has allowed him to engage students in exploring the ways in which our understandings of the world around us are continually reshaped. Throughout these courses he has utilised ongoing research interests in East and sub-Saharan Africa as well as South East Asia to demonstrate and unpack the theoretical and empirical material presented to make geographic debates interesting and accessible.
This concern with exploring power, development and (in)equality has informed his postgraduate teaching in development geography which has explored and contested developmental assumptions and the power relations behind these.
Daniel's teaching has been recognised as excellent by students and peers, with the award of status as a Senate Teaching Fellow in 2012 and the Innovation in Teaching award at the 2011 Sheffield Students' Union Academic Awards in recognition that good teaching has an enormous positive impact on students' learning experience. The supporting citation for the Innovation in Teaching award read, "As well as constantly bringing examples forward using you tube clips and satire, his enthusiasm and obvious love for what he was teaching me was incredible and incredibly contagious."