Professor Marcus Power
One of the key objectives of my research is to radicalise and rethink the ways in which ‘development’ has been understood in Geography and to foreground and underline the importance of geographical perspectives in formulating new and more critical theoretical understandings of ‘development’. In particular, my work has sought to explore the genealogy and degeneration of ‘Tropical’ Geography and the ongoing decolonisation of development geography. This has focused on the potential of post-structural perspectives concerned with the power and dissemination of ‘development’, with particular reference to sub-Saharan Africa.
My work also aims to weave together issues concerning economic geographies of neoliberalism and questions of politico-economic transformations in the post-socialist spaces of the global South. My recent research has focused on the dissemination of neoliberalism through Investment Promotion Authorities (IPA’s) and global development institutions such as UNCTAD and the Commonwealth. Allied to this has been my concern with Geographies of disability and development in Africa (with particular reference to war veterans with physical disabilities in Angola and Mozambique) and a wider interest in the geopolitical imagination of ‘development’ in which I am currently seeking to explore the increasingly influential role of Chinese geopolitical discourses in Africa. This project, due for completion in 2010, seeks to understand China’s evolving political and economic role in Africa and assesses what impacts Chinese aid, trade and investment are having on the politics of specific African countries, and the extent to which it excites geopolitical competition. This is being examined through case studies of Angola and Ghana, which represent different examples of China’s development ‘partnerships’ in Africa.
Much of my research has also been concerned with the former Portuguese empire in Africa and has explored the theorisation and practices of ‘development’ in Lusophone African post-colonial states, primarily Angola and Mozambique. This has involved an interest in the geopolitics of Portuguese imperialism, leading to a number of recent publications concerned with national identity, decolonisation and visual representation in ‘post-colonial’ Portugal (with particular reference to colonial and post-colonial exhibitions and representations of Portugal’s colonial wars and imperial discoveries). A concern with geopolitics and ‘post-colonial’ geographies in the Lusophone world has been an important focus of my research which has explored the relevance and potential of post-colonial theorisations to understandings of the construction of national identity (in Portugal and its former colonies) and to the project of rethinking the geographies of ‘development’ in Africa more generally.
Questions of visual culture have consistently been an important part of my research, with a particular focus on the importance of cinema in shaping popular understandings of geopolitics. Other work has sought to explore the ways in which radio, television and cinema have shaped cultural identities in post-colonial Southern Africa. This has involved work on colonial and post-colonial cinema in Portugal and Mozambique and has focused on the geopolitical reasoning and imaginations that are constructed through film. I am also interested in the importance of contemporary popular video games in the construction of terrorist ‘others’ and in soliciting support for US imperialism and the ‘war on terror’, exploring the ways in which video games promote active participation in a (militarized) culture of violence. I have also written about Hollywood film production in Cold War America and Hollywood film and geopolitics in the context of Gulf War II.
Lecturer in Human Geography, School of Geographical Sciences, University of Bristol.
Lecturer in Human Geography, School of Geography, University of Leeds.
Teaching Assistant in Human Geography, School of Geography, University of Leeds.
Qualifications and Education:
• (1994-1997) ESRC funded PhD research 'Territory, the State and Cultural Identities in 'Post-Colonial' Mozambique' School of Geography, University of Birmingham, (supervised by Dr J D Sidaway).
• (1993-1994) MA in the Geography of Third World Development (with distinction), Department of Geography, Royal Holloway and Bedford New College, University of London.
• (1990-1993) BA Hons. Geography, Department of Geography, University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne.
Department of Geography
- Culture-Economy-Life (CEL)
- International Boundaries Research Unit (IBRU)
- Politics - State - Space (PSS)
- Urban Worlds
Department of Geography
- Politics of Chinese engagement with African development: Case studies of Angola and Ghana, The
- Rising Powers, Clean Development and the Low Carbon Transition in Sub-Saharan Africa, The
- Critical geographies and genealogies of (post)development
- Energy geographies and low carbon transitions
- Post-colonialism, Portugal and Lusophone Africa
- Post-socialist transformations in Southern Africa
- China-Africa engagement
- Vision, visuality and 'popular' geopolitics
- Power, M., Mohan, G. & Tan-Mullins, M. (2012). China's Resource Diplomacy in Africa: Powering Development?. Palgrave Macmillan.
- Power, M. (2003). Rethinking Development geographies. London.: Routledge.
- Power, M. & Alves, A.C. (2012). China and Angola: A Marriage of Convenience?. Fahamu.
- Power, M and Crampton, A (eds) (2007). Cinema and Popular Geo-Politics. London: Routledge.
- Sidaway, J.D., Mamadouh, V. & Power, M. (2013). Reappraising Geopolitical Traditions. In The Ashgate Research Companion to Critical Geopolitics. Dodds, K., Kuus, M. & Sharp, J. Ashgate. 165-88.
- Power, M, & Mohan, G. (2010). China and the Geopolitical Imagination of African ‘Development'. In China-Africa Development Relations. Dent, C. London: Routledge.
- Campbell, D. & Power, M. (2010). The Scopic Regime of Africa. In Observant States: Geopolitics and Visual Culture. MacDonald, F., Hughes, R. & Dodds, K. London: IB Tauris. 167-198.
- Power, M. (2009). 'Digital war games and post 9/11 geographies of militarism'. In War Isn't Hell, it's Entertainment: Essays on Visual Media and the Representation of Conflict. Schubart, R., Virchow, F. & White-Stanley, D. London: McFarland. 198-215.
- Phelps, N, Power, M & Wanjiru, R (2007). 'Learning to compete: communities of investment promotion practice and the spread of global neoliberalism'. In Neoliberalization: States, Networks, Peoples. England, K and Ward, K (eds) London: Blackwell. 83-109.
- Power, M (2007). National States. In Encyclopedia of Geography. Douglas, I., Huggett, R. & Perkins, C. London: Routledge.
- Power, M. (2006). ‘War veterans, disability and post-colonial citizenship in Lusophone Africa’. In Gilbert, E. & Cowen, E. London.: Sage.
- Power, M. (2006). Dependency Theory. In Encyclopaedia of Geography. Wharf, B. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
- Power, M. (2005). 'Cold War'. In Encyclopedia of International Development. Forsyth, T. Routledge. 88-89.
- Power, M (2005). 'Decolonization'. In Encyclopedia of Inernational Development. Forsyth, T Routeldge. 138-140.
- Power, M. (2005). 'Mahbub Ul Haq (1934-98)'. In Fifty key thinkers in development. Simon, D. Routledge. 264-270.
- Power, M. (2005). 'War'. In Encyclopedia of International Development. Forsyth, T. Routledge. 745-746.
- Power, M. (2004). ‘Geographies of governance and regional politics’. In Eastern and Southern Africa: Development challenges in a Volatile region. Potts, D. & Bowyer-Bower, T. London.: Pearson. 255-294.
- Power, M. (2004). 'Worlds apart: global difference and inequality'. In An Introduction to Human Geography: Issues for the twenty-first century. Daniels, P., Bradshaw, M., Shaw, D. & Sidaway, J. Pearson, Prentice Hall. 185-209.
- Power, M. (2003). 'Exploding the myth of Portugal’s ‘maritime destiny’ A postcolonial voyage through EXPO ’98’. In Post-colonial Geographies. Blunt, A. & McEwan, C. London.: Continuum.
- Power, M. (2001). 'Enlightenment and the era of modernity’. In The Companion to Development Studies. Desai, V. & Potter, R. London.: Arnold. 65-70.
- Power, M. & Sidaway, J.D. (1998). ‘Sex and Violence on the wild frontiers: the aftermath of state socialism in the periphery’. In Theorizing the transition: the political economy of change in Post-Communist Societies. Pickles, J. & Smith, A. London.: Routledge. 145-178.
Journal papers: academic
- Kirshner, J. & Power, M. (2015). Mining and extractive urbanism: Postdevelopment in a Mozambican boomtown. Geoforum 61: 67-78.
- Power, M. (2012). Angola 2025: The future of the 'world's richest poor country' as seen through a Chinese rear-view mirror'. Antipode 44(3): 993-1014.
- Power, M. (2012). Commentary on Arturo Escobar's (2008) Territories of Difference: Place, Movements, Life, Redes. Durham, NC: Duke University Press. Progress in Human Geography 36(1): 143-151.
- Power, M. (2010). Geopolitics and Development: An Introduction. Geopolitics 15(3): 433-440.
- Tan-Mullins, M., Mohan, G. & Power M. (2010). Redefining ‘Aid’ in the China-Africa Context. Development and Change 41(5): 857-881.
- Power, M. & Campbell, D. (2010). The State of Critical Geopolitics. Political Geography 29(5): 243-246.
- Power, M. & Mohan, G. (2010). Towards a critical geopolitics of China’s engagement with African development. Geopolitics 15(3): 462-495.
- Mohan, G. & Power, M. (2009). ‘Africa, China and the ‘new’ economic geography of development'. Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography 30(1): 24-28.
- Power, M. (2009). 'The Commonwealth, ‘development’ and post-colonial responsibility'. Geoforum 40(1): 14-24.
- Sidaway, J.D. & Power, M. (2009). Lisbon to Macao: The Occluded Geographies of Portugal’s Discoveries. Revista Cultural 30: 58-74.
- Power, M. & Mohan, G. (2008). 'Good friends and good partners: The 'New' face of China-Africa co-operation'. Review of African Political Economy 35(115): 5-6.
- Mohan, G. & Power, M. (2008). 'New African Choices? The Politics of Chinese Engagement'. Review of African Political Economy, 35(115): 23-42.
- Power, M (2007). 'Digitized Virtuosity: Video War games and post-9/11 Cyber-deterrence'. Security Dialogue 38(2): 271-288.
- Power, M., Mohan, G. & Mercer, C. (2006). ‘Post-colonial geographies of development: Introduction’. Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography 27(3): 231-234.
- Power, M. (2006). 'Anti-racism, deconstruction and 'overdevelopment'. Progress in Development Studies 6(1): 24-39.
- Power, M. & Sidaway, J.D. (2005). 'Deconstructing twinned towers: Lisbon's Expo '98 and the occluded geographies of discovery'. Social and Cultural Geography 6(6): 865-883.
- Power, M. & Crampton, A. (2005). 'Reel Geopolitics: Cinemato-graphing Political Space'. Geopolitics 10: 193-203.
- Sidaway, J.D. & Power, M. (2005). 'The tears of Portugal': empire, identity, 'race', and destiny in Portuguese geopolitical narratives. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space 23(4): 527-554.
- Power, M. (2005). 'Working the Spaces of Neoliberalism'. Antipode 37(3): 605-612.
- Crampton, A. & Power, M. (2005). Frames of reference on the geopolitical stage: Saving Private Ryan and the Second World War/Second Gulf War intertext'. Geopolitics 10(2): 244-265.
- Power, M. (2004). ‘Post-colonial cinema and the reconfiguration of Moçambicanidade’. Lusotopie
- Power, M. & Sidaway, J.D. (2004). The degeneration of tropical geography'. Annals of the Association of American Geographers 94(3): 585-601.
- Power, M. (2003). ‘Re-Imagining Postcolonial Africa: A Commentary on Michael Watts' 'Development and Governmentality'. Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography 24(1): 49-60.
- Power, M. (2003). 'The Scripting, Staging and Projection of 'Popular' Geo-political Discourse'. Geopolitics 8(2): 181-189.
- Mercer, C., Mohan, G. & Power, M. (2003). 'Towards a critical political geography of African development’. Geoforum 34: 419-436.
- Mercer, C., Mohan, G. & Power, M. (2003). New perspectives on the politics of development in Africa. Geoforum 34(4): 417-418.
- Power, M. (2001). ‘Geographies of Disability and Development in Southern Africa'. Disability Studies Quarterly 22(1): 11-22.
- Power, M. (2001). ‘Patrimonialism and petro-diamond capitalism: geo-politics and the economics of war in Angola'. Review of African Political Economy 90(28): 489-502.
- Power, M. (2001). Geo-politics and the representation of Portugal's African colonial wars: examining the limits of 'Vietnam syndrome'. Political Geography 20(4): 461-491.
- Power, M. (2000). '21st Century Foxed: global media broadcasting and the reconfiguration of Moçambicanidade'. South African Geographical Journal 82(1): 47-55.
- Power, M. (2000). 'Aqui Lourenço Marques!! [Lourenço Marques here!!]: 'Radio-Colonization' and cultural identity in colonial Mozambique 1932-1974'. Journal of Historical Geography 26(4): 605-628.
- Power, M. (2000). 'The Short-cut to international development: representing Africa in 'New Britain'. Area 32(1): 91-100.
- Power, M. (1998). 'The Dissemination of development'. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space 16: 577-598.
- Sidaway, J.D. & Power, M. (1995). ‘Socio-spatial transformations in the ‘post-socialist’ periphery: the case of Maputo, Mozambique’. Environment and Planning A 27(2): 1463-1491.
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