Dr David Featherstone

  • Senior Lecturer (School of Geographical and Earth Sciences)

Research interests

I have contributed to debates on the political geographies of globalization and on the relations between resistance, space and politics. My work has also developed core concerns with subaltern political ecologies and the formation of transnational solidarity networks. It has challenged existing understandings of the relations between space, politics and resistance through developing an account of networked forms of resistance and political activity. These arguments have been developed through detailed empirical work in a range of contexts. My book Resistance, Space and Political Identities: The Making of Counter-Global Networks is a sustained attempt to theorize resistance and political identities through utilising a relational approach to space. It draws on detailed empirical research on networked struggles in both the 18th-century Atlantic world and contemporary counter-globalisation movement. The book foregrounds the solidarities and geographies of connection between different place-based struggles and argues that such solidarities are essential to produce more plural and equal forms of globalization.

A core concern of my current research is with the histories and geographies of solidarity and internationalism. This work has three key parts. This will be published in a book project Solidarity! Hidden Histories and Geographies of Internationalism which will be published by Zed Books. Firstly, I am concerned with the theoretical, intellectual, and political genealogies of internationalism. This work involves an ongoing engagement with a number of theorists and political figures including C.L.R. James and Antonio Gramsci. Secondly, I am working on the political geographies of pan-Africanism and other forms of black internationalist politics. I am concerned with how these forms of black internationalism re-configure existing understandings of the spatial politics of anti-fascism. This work is funded by a British Academy Small Grant 'Black Internationalism and the Spatial Politics of Anti-Fascism'. Thirdly, I am interested in forms of solidarity and contestation constructed in the context of the current economic crisis. This will focus on exploring the tensions, possibilities and practices of solidarity at a time of global economic crisis. This work will be based on research with trade union and social movement networks.

I studied for a BA in Geography at Cambridge University between 1993 and 1996. I then volunteered with the land rights campaign The Land is Ours before embarking on a PhD. Between 1997 and 2001 I worked on my thesis, ‘Spatiality, Political Identities and the Environmentalism of the Poor’, with Doreen Massey and Steve Hinchliffe in the Department of Geography, at the Open University. I stayed there a further year as a research fellow working on a project on the London Port Strikes of 1768. I lectured in Human Geography at the University of Liverpool between 2003 and January 2009 and from February 2009 have been a lecturer in Human Geography at the University of Glasgow.


John Crossan (PhD candidate)
Anna Laing (PhD candidate)


I teach an Honours degree course on Political Ecology and team-teach on the second year undergraduate course Localisation- Globalisation. I am also year one head. At post-graduate level I team-teach on the Department’s Masters in Research (MRes) degree in Space, Polity and Power and supervise Master’s degree students.

All publications

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Number of items: 57.


Featherstone, D. J. (2018) Maritime labour, transnational political trajectories and decolonisation from below: the opposition to the 1935 British Shipping Assistance Act. Global Networks, (Accepted for Publication)

Featherstone, D. and Karaliotas, L. (2018) Challenging the spatial politics of the European crisis: nationed narratives and trans-local solidarities in the post-crisis conjuncture. Cultural Studies, 32(2), pp. 286-307. (doi:10.1080/09502386.2017.1354050)

Featherstone, D. (2017) Stuart Hall and our current conjuncture. IPPR Progressive Review, 24(1), pp. 36-44. (doi:10.1111/newe.12035)

Crossan, J.M. , Featherstone, D.J., Hayes, F., Hughes, H.M., Jamieson, C. and Leonard, R. (2016) Trade union banners and the construction of a working class presence: notes from two labour disputes in 1980s Glasgow and North Lanarkshire. Area, 48(3), pp. 357-364. (doi:10.1111/area.12272)

Featherstone, D. (2016) Contested spaces of hegemony: left alliances after the crisis. Soundings: A Journal of Politics and Culture, 63, pp. 8-24. (doi:10.3898/136266216819377048)

Featherstone, D. and Griffin, P. (2016) Spatial relations, histories from below and the makings of agency: Reflections on The Making of the English Working Class at 50. Progress in Human Geography, 40(3), pp. 375-393. (doi:10.1177/0309132515578774)

Cumbers, A., Featherstone, D., MacKinnon, D., Ince, A. and Strauss, K. (2016) Intervening in globalization: the spatial possibilities and institutional barriers to labour's collective agency. Journal of Economic Geography, 16(1), pp. 93-108. (doi:10.1093/jeg/lbu039)

Featherstone, D. (2016) Harry O'Connell, maritime labour and the racialised politics of place. Race and Class, 57(3), pp. 71-87. (doi:10.1177/0306396815611852)

Featherstone, D. (2015) Maritime labour and subaltern geographies of internationalism: Black internationalist seafarers' organising in the interwar period. Political Geography, 49, pp. 7-16. (doi:10.1016/j.polgeo.2015.08.004)

Nolan, L.-J. and Featherstone, D. (2015) Contentious politics in austere times. Geography Compass, 9(6), pp. 351-361. (doi:10.1111/gec3.12215)

Featherstone, D. (2015) Revolt on Clydeside? Space, politics and populism. Geoforum, 62, pp. 193-195. (doi:10.1016/j.geoforum.2015.04.007)

Featherstone, D. (2015) Labour and the battle of ideas. Soundings: A Journal of Politics and Culture, 58(58), pp. 57-69. (doi:10.3898/136266215814379691)

Ince, A., Featherstone, D., Cumbers, A., MacKinnon, D. and Strauss, K. (2015) British jobs for British workers? Contesting work, nation and globalisation through the Lindsey Oil Refinery disputes. Antipode: A Radical Journal of Geography, 47(1), pp. 139-157. (doi:10.1111/anti.12099)

Featherstone, D. (2015) Thinking the crisis politically: lineages of resistance to neo-liberalism and the politics of the present conjuncture. Space and Polity, 19(1), pp. 12-30. (doi:10.1080/13562576.2014.992253)

Featherstone, D., Strauss, K. and MacKinnon, D. (2015) In, against and beyond neo-liberalism: The “crisis” and alternative political futures. Space and Polity, 19(1), pp. 1-11. (doi:10.1080/13562576.2015.1007695)

Noxolo, P. and Featherstone, D. (2014) Co-producing Caribbean geographies of in/security. Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, 39(4), pp. 603-607. (doi:10.1111/tran.12068)

Featherstone, D. (2014) Black internationalism, international communism and anti-fascist political trajectories: African American volunteers in the Spanish Civil War. Twentieth-Century Communism: A Journal of International History, 7, pp. 9-40.

Featherstone, D. (2014) Internacionalismo negro, antifascismo y la construcción de la solidaridad. Sociedad y Discursivo, 25,

Chatterton, P., Featherstone, D.J. and Routledge, P. (2013) Articulating climate justice in Copenhagen: commons, solidarities, antagonisms. Antipode: A Radical Journal of Geography, 45(3), pp. 602-620.

Featherstone, D. (2013) Review of Carl J. Griffin, The Rural War: Captain Swing and the Politics of Protest. AntipodeFoundation.org, pp. 1-5.

Featherstone, D. (2013) Black internationalism, subaltern cosmopolitanism and the spatial politics of anti-fascism. Annals of the Association of American Geographers, 103(6), pp. 1406-1420. (doi:10.1080/00045608.2013.779551)

Featherstone, D.J. (2013) "We will have liberty and equality in Ireland": the contested geographies of Irish democratic cultures in the 1790s. Historical Geography, 41, pp. 94-119.

Featherstone, D.J. (2013) The contested politics of climate change and the crisis of neo-liberalism. ACME: An International E-Journal for Critical Geographies, 12(1), pp. 44-64.

Featherstone, D. (2013) Black internationalism, anti-fascism and the makings of solidarity. Soundings: A Journal of Politics and Culture, 55, pp. 94-107. (doi:10.3898/136266213809450257)

Featherstone, D. (2012) Articulating ‘new partitions of the sensible’. Political Geography, 31(5), pp. 324-333. (doi:10.1016/j.polgeo.2012.04.002)

Featherstone, D.J., Ince, A., Mackinnon, D., Strauss, K. and Cumbers, A. (2012) Progressive localism and the construction of political alternatives. Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, 37(2), pp. 177-182. (doi:10.1111/j.1475-5661.2011.00493.x)

Featherstone, D.J. and Korf, B. (2012) Introduction: Space, contestation and the political. Geoforum, 43(4), pp. 663-668. (doi:10.1016/j.geoforum.2012.03.018)

Featherstone, D. (2011) On assemblage and articulation. Area, 43(2), pp. 139-142. (doi:10.1111/j.1475-4762.2011.01007.x)

Featherstone, D. (2011) Response. Area, 43(2), pp. 233-234. (doi:10.1111/j.1475-4762.2011.00993_3.x)

Featherstone, D. (2010) Contested relationalities of political activism: the democratic spatial practices of the London Corresponding Society. Cultural Dynamics, 22(2), pp. 87-104. (doi:10.1177/0921374010380888)

Featherstone, D. (2009) Counter-insurgency, subalternity and spatial relations: interrogating court-martial narratives of the Nore mutiny of 1797. South African Historical Journal, 61(4), pp. 766-787. (doi:10.1080/02582470903500418)

Massey, D., Bond, S. and Featherstone, D. (2009) The possibilities of a politics of place beyond place? A conversation with Doreen Massey. Scottish Geographical Journal, 125(3-4), pp. 401-420. (doi:10.1080/14702540903364443)


Featherstone, D. (2012) Solidarity: Hidden Histories and Geographies of Internationalism. Zed: London. ISBN 9781848135956

Featherstone, D.J. (2008) Resistance, Space and Political Identities: the Making of Counter-Global Networks. Series: RGS-IBG book series. Wiley-Blackwell: Chichester. ISBN 9781405158084

Book Sections

Davison, S., Featherstone, D.J. and Schwarz, B. (2017) Introduction: redefining the political. In: Davison, S., Featherstone, D.J., Rustin, M. and Schwarz, B. (eds.) Stuart Hall: Selected Political Writings: The Great Moving Right Show and Other Essays. Lawrence and Wishart (UK) ; Duke University Press (US): London (UK) ; Durham (US), pp. 1-15. ISBN 9781910448656 (UK) ; 9780822363866 (US)

Featherstone, D.J. (2017) Afterword: Solidarities, conjunctures, encounters. In: Oosterlynck, S., Schuermans, N. and Loopmans, M. (eds.) Place, Diversity and Solidarity. Series: Routledge studies in human geography (70). Routledge: London, pp. 165-180. ISBN 9781138654976

Featherstone, D. (2016) Politicising the crisis: the Southern question, uneven geographies and the construction of solidarity. In: García Agustín, Ó. and Jørgensen, M. B. (eds.) Solidarity Without Borders: Gramscian Reflections on Migration and Civil Society Alliances. Series: Reading Gramsci. Pluto Press, pp. 169-185. ISBN 9780745336268

Featherstone, D.J. and North, P. (2015) Localisation as radical praxis and the new politics of climate change. In: Jai, S. (ed.) The Movements of Movements: Struggles for Other World. Open Word. ISBN 9788190480833

Featherstone, D. (2014) Politics. In: Lee, R., Castree, N., Kitchin, R., Lawson, V., Paasi, A., Philo, C., Radcliffe, S., Roberts, S. M. and Withers, C. (eds.) The SAGE Handbook of Human Geography. Sage: London, pp. 522-544. ISBN 9780857022486

MacKinnon, D., Cumbers, A. and Featherstone, D. (2014) Localism, decentralisation and economic development in Britain. In: Green, J. and Hay, C. (eds.) The British Growth Crisis. Palgrave Macmillan: Basingstoke ; New York. ISBN 9781137441515

Davies, A. D. and Featherstone, D. (2013) Networking resistances: the contested spatialities of transnational social movement organising. In: Nicholls, W., Miller, B. and Beaumont, J. (eds.) Spaces of Contention: Spatialities and Social Movements. Ashgate: Farnham, pp. 239-260. ISBN 9780754677789

Featherstone, D., Bond, S. and Painter, J. (2013) 'Stories so far': a conversation with Doreen Massey. In: Featherstone, D. and Painter, J. (eds.) Spatial Politics: Essays for Doreen Massey. Wiley-Blackwell: Oxford, pp. 253-266. ISBN 9781444338300

Featherstone, D. and Painter, J. (2013) 'There is no point of departure': the many trajectories of Doreen Massey. In: Featherstone, D. and Painter, J. (eds.) Spatial Politics: Essays for Doreen Massey. Wiley-Blackwell: Oxford, pp. 1-18. ISBN 9781444338317

Featherstone, D. (2012) Spatiality. In: Ritzer, G. (ed.) The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Globalization. Wiley-Blackwell. ISBN 9781405188241 (doi:10.1002/9780470670590.wbeog536)

Featherstone, D.J. (2012) Gramsci in action: space, politics and the making of solidaritie. In: Ekers, M., Hart, G., Kipfer, S. and Loftus, A. (eds.) Gramsci: Space, Nature, Politics. Series: Antipode book series. Wiley-Blackwell: Oxford, pp. 65-82. ISBN 9781444339703

Featherstone, D.J. (2011) Thinking militant particularisms politically: resistances to neoliberalism in India. In: Ahmed, W., Kundu, A. and Peet, R. (eds.) India's New Economic Policy: A Critical Analysis. Series: Routledge studies in development and society (26). Routledge: New York, USA, pp. 261-280. ISBN 9780415801881

Featherstone, D.J. (2009) Common sense beyond the neo-liberal state. In: Pugh, J. (ed.) What is Radical Politics Today? Palgrave Macmillan: Basingstoke, UK, pp. 238-246. ISBN 9780230236257

Edited Books

Gair, C., Featherstone, D., Smith, A. and Hogsbjerg, C. (Eds.) (2017) Beyond a Boundary at Fifty. Duke University Press: Durham, NC. (Accepted for Publication)

Davison, S., Featherstone, D., Rustin, M. and Schwarz, B. (Eds.) (2017) Stuart Hall: Selected Political Writings: The Great Moving Right Show and Other Essays. Lawrence and Wishart (UK) ; Duke University Press (US): London (UK) ; Durham (US). ISBN 9781910448656 (UK) ; 9780822363866 (US)

Featherstone, D. and Painter, J. (Eds.) (2013) Spatial Politics: Essays for Doreen Massey. Wiley-Blackwell: Oxford. ISBN 9781444338300

Conference or Workshop Item

McLean, H., Nolan, L.-J. and Featherstone, D. (2016) The Arts and Precarity: Forging New Solidarities (A Cabaret and Workshop). The Arts and Precarity: Forging New Solidarities (A Cabaret and Workshop), Glasgow, UK, Jan 22 2016.


Featherstone, D. (2016) Reflections on Space, Politics and the Conjuncture. [Website]

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