Dr Richard G. Smith is a writer and academic. He is Associate Professor in Human Geography at Swansea University, UK.  He has pioneered new poststructuralist network and assemblage approaches in Urban Studies and his research on world cities has been reported on extensively in the world’s print media, is highly-cited, reprinted and translated. His research on world cities features in the AS/A Level Geography school syllabus. In 2017 he was an invited TEDx speaker on ‘London After Brexit’ at the major annual TED event in London, and in 2018 he was the sole keynote speaker at the 12th Luxury Real Estate Association Conference in London. My latest research is concerned with skyscrapers and with introducing, explaining, developing, and inventing an approach to Urban Studies that is founded on the philosophy of Jean Baudrillard. See, for example, my entry on ‘Jean Baudrillard’ for The Wiley Blackwell Encyclopedia of Urban and Regional Studies (2019).  [I have a long standing research interest in Jean Baudrillard’s philosophy and oeuvre – See BaudrillardStudies.com].


Educated at Lawrence Sheriff School (Rugby, Warwickshire), University of Hull (BA Hons, Geography 1st class) and University of Bristol (PhD). My doctorate on the philosophy of Jean Baudrillard was supervised by the non-representational theorist Professor Sir Nigel Thrift – see my critical tribute here. I have extensive international knowledge and experience. I have visited more than 100 countries worldwide, and have presented my research at more than 50 international conferences, universities, and public events.


Dr Richard G. Smith BA (Hons), PhD, FRGS

Email: r.g.smith@swan.ac.uk

Postal Address: Dr Richard G. Smith, Department of Geography, Swansea University, Singleton Park, Swansea, SA28PP, UK.