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Stuart Hodkinson Dr Stuart Hodkinson

Contact details

Room Manton 10.141
School of Geography
University of Leeds
University Road
Leeds LS2 9JT   UK


+44 (0) 113 34 31820

Student hours:
by appointment

Research overview

Since completing my PhD in 2004, I have been employed in the School of Geography as a Research Fellow on the ESRC Autonomous Geographies project (Universities of Leeds and Leicester), a British Academy Postdoctoral Research Fellow and am now a Lecturer in Critical Urban Geography. I have many research interests and am interesting in supervising PhD students on any of the following topics:

  • Neoliberal urbanism
  • Urban enclosures and commons
  • Housing and urban regeneration policy
  • Power and counter-power in cities
  • Privatisation and biopolitical control of public space
  • Gentrification and displacement
  • Public-Private-Partnerships and the Private Finance Initiative 
  • Citizen auditing of public bodies and private companies
  • Asylum, immigration and border controls
  • Activism, social movements and autonomous politics

I am currently co-supervising 5 PhD students whose work spans the following subjects: the socio-spatial implications of social housing financialisation in norther England; the politics of the rent gap in driving gentrification in London and Chile; the transformation of the Mayan Solar in Yucutan, Mexico; culture-led regeneration policies in Taipei City, Taiwan; and the limits and potential of UK Information Laws to open up Private Finance Initiative (PFI) to greater democratic oversight and control.  


  • Hodkinson, S, Gillespie, T, Pusey, A (2011) 'Thinking Creatively About Anti-Capitalism: Producing the Urban Commons', presented at Goldsmiths College, University of London as part of the 'Designing Economic Cultures' seminar series, 23 November
  • Hodkinson, S. (2011), 'The ConDem's Housing Assault', Colloquium on 'The Housing Crisis: Experience, Analysis, and Response', Birkbeck, University of London, 18 November
  • Hodkinson, S. (2011), 'Occupation or reclaiming the urban commons? Neoliberal urbanism and the new enclosures', presented to 1-day workshop on 'Occupation: Confronting the Private Law of Protest' at Kent Law School, 4 November
  • Hodkinson, S, Gillespie, T, Pusey, A (2011), 'Commonising the City: Ten Theses on Producing Urban Commons', Presentation to the International Critical Geography Conference, Frankfurt, 16-12 August
  • Hodkinson, S, Watt, P, and Robbins, G (2011), 'Locating the Housing Crisis in Britain', Presentation to the International Critical Geography Conference, Frankfurt, 16-12 August
  • Hodkinson, S. (2010) 'The "helping" role of academics in resisting demolition and displacement. Towards a normative framework of scholar activism?, Presentation to Session 'Geographers helping'? Undertaking fieldwork through a participatory role in the 'helping' professions, RGS-IBG Annual Conference, London, 1-3 September
  • Workshop Leader on the Private Finance Initiative, Defend Council Housing National Conference, Friday 19 March 2010 at the Trades Union Congress (TUC) Headquarters
  • Speaker at Roundhouse Conference, 'Critical Theory and Education', 23 March 2010, University of Leeds
  • 2008 ‘The New Enclosures: Public Housing, Privatization and Resistance in Contemporary Britain’ Paper to International Conference ‘Justice et Injustice Spatiales’, University of Paris X, Nanterre, March 2008
  • 2007 (with Jenny Pickerill) ‘Making strategic interventions? The messy world of academic activism and action research. Or, the road to hell is paved with good intentions’, Paper to PYGWG session ‘Giving Back? Ideas for Mutually Beneficial Research’, Royal Geographical Society-Institute of British Geographers Annual Conference September 2007
  • 2006 co-convenor (with Chatterton and Pickerill) of  PYGWG Session ‘Making Autonomous Geographies: Inspiring and participating in social change from inside and outside the academy’ at Royal Geographical Society-Institute of British Geographers Annual Conference September 2006
  • 2003 ‘No Seat at the Table, No Street-Cred: A Decade of Retreat & Retrenchment for the International Trade Unions’, BISA Conference, Panel on ‘Neo-liberal Restructuring and Resistance to Globalisation: What Role for Labour?’, University of Birmingham, December
  • 2002 ‘Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose’: Comprendre la mondialisation et le nouvel internationalisme ouvrier’, Paper presented to specially-organised seminar at the Institut de Recherches Economiques et Sociales (IRES), Paris, France, September
  • 2002 ‘Globalisation & the International Trade Union Fightback: A Case of the Forward March of Labour [Standards] Halted?’, ECPR Joint Sessions, Workshop on ‘Globalisation and Labour Movements’, Turin, Italy, March
  • 2001 ‘Problems@Labour: Towards a Net-Internationalism?’, Global Studies Association Conference, Panel on ‘International Labour (and other) Networking’, Manchester, July
  • 2001 ‘Reviving Trade Unionism: Globalisation, Internationalism & the Internet’, ECPR Joint Sessions, March, Workshop on ‘Electronic Democracy: Mobilisation, Organisation and Participation via new ICTs’, Grenoble, France, April