AUSCCER Noel Castree

Noel Castree

Position: Professor of Geography
Office: 41.254
Phone: +61 2 4221 4921


I joined the University of Wollongong’s School of Geography and Sustainable Communities in 2016 after an initial year in 2014. Prior to this I was at The University of Manchester from 2000, when I was appointed to a Readership in Human Geography. Before that I spent five years as a Lecturer in Human Geography at Liverpool University. I was promoted to the rank of Professor in 2004. Though ostensibly a human geographer, I am committed to the idea that geographic research and teaching should utilise the insights and tools of social science, the humanities and the physical sciences.

Aside from my Wollongong position I am an Honorary Professorial Research Fellow at Manchester University.

Research Interests

I am relatively well known for three related strands of research and writing. The first is the political economy of environmental change. Since 1995 I have tried to extend the explanatory frontiers of Marxist theory to incorporate the physical properties of the non-human world (hitherto underplayed in the Marxian tradition, though now quite central). The second, related strand is how to move beyond the nature-society dualism and find new ways of understanding how people affect, and are affected by, the material environment. I am among a group of environmental social scientists who have provided a theoretical language designed to comprehend the hybrid, coupled character of the contemporary world. Thirdly, I have analysed the changing nature of academic life and how researchers and teachers in universities might best respond to a more managed higher education system. In recent years, I have begun to examine the politics of knowledge in so-called ‘global change science’. The reflects my long-standing interest in who gets to speak for the non-human world, how, and with what social consequences.

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Authored Book
Edited Book

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Book Contribution
  • Castree, N. (2016) ‘The Anthropocene & planetary boundaries’ (8K), ‘Earth System Science’ (7K) and ‘Nature’* (13K). In D. Richardson et al. (eds) The international encyclopedia of Geography. Oxford and Malden: Wiley-Blackwell, pp. 161-74, pp. 1581-95 & pp. 4649-4674.
  • Castree, N. (2016) ‘Nature’.* In J. Adamson, W. Gleason & D. N. Pellow (eds) Keywords for environmental studies. New York: New York University Press, pp. 151-55.
  • Castree, N. (2015) ‘Capitalism and the Marxist critique of political ecology’. In T. Perreault, G. Bridge & J. McCarthy (eds) Handbook of political ecology. Routledge: London & New York, pp. 279-92.
  • Derek Gregory & Noel Castree. "Human geography." In Human geography, ed. Noel Castree & Derek Gregory, 1-52. London and New York: Sage, 2011.
  • Castree, N. "Nature." In The Companion to Human Geography, ed. John Agnew & James Duncan, 222-240. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2011.
  • Castree, N. "Contract research, universities and the 'knowledge society': back to the future." In The Knowledge Business: The Commodification of Urban and Housing Research, ed. Chris Allen and Rob Imrie, 221-240. Farnhan & Burlington: Ashgate, 2010.
  • Noel Castree, David Demeritt, Diana Liverman and Bruce Rhoads. "Making sense of environmental geography." In A companion to environmental geography, ed. Noel Castree, David Demeritt, Diana Liverman and Bruce Rhoads, 1-16. Oxford and Malden: Wiley-Blackwell, 2009.
  • Castree, N. "The environmental wedge." In Feelbad Britain, 222-233. London: Lawrence & Wishart, 2009.
  • Castree, N. "Workers, economies, geographies." In Handbook of employment and society: working space, ed. A. Herod et al, Edward Elgar publishers, 2009.
  • Castree, N. "Neoliberal ecologies." In Neoliberal environments, ed. Nik Heynen, James McCarthy, Scott Prudham and Paul Robbins, 281-287. London and New York: Routledge, 2007.
  • Castree, N., B Braun. "Constructing Rural Natures." In The Handbook of Rural Studies, ed. Marsden, T. et al, 161-170. London: Sage, 2006.
  • Castree, N., D Featherstone, A Herod. "Contrapuntal Geographies: the Politics of Organizing Across Difference." In The Handbook of Political Geography, ed. Cox, K. et al, 305-21. London: Sage, 2006.
  • Castree, N. "The Detour of Critical Theory." In David Harvey: a Critical Reader, ed. Castree, N. Gregory, D, 247-269. Oxford and New York: Blackwell, 2006.
  • Castree, N. "Is Geography a Science?." In Questioning Geography, ed. Castree, N, 57-79. Oxford and New York: Blackwell, 2005.
  • Castree, N. "Whose Geography?." In Questioning Geography, ed. Castree, N, 294-307. Oxford and New York: Blackwell, 2005.
  • Castree, N. "Place: Boundaries and Connections in an Interdependent World." In Key Concepts in Geography, ed. Holloway, S, 252-282. London: Sage, 2003.
  • Castree, N. "Geographies of nature in the making." In A handbook of cultural geography, ed. Pile, S, 168 - 183. London: Sage Publications, 2002.
  • Castree, N. "The Geopolitics of Environment." In A Companion to Political Geography, ed. Agnew, J, 423-439. Oxford and New York: Blackwell, 2002.
  • Castree, N., T MacMillan. "Actor-networks and the reimagination of nature." In Social Nature: Theory, Practice and Politics, ed. Castree, N. Braun, B, 208-224. New York: Blackwell, 2001.
  • Castree, N. "From spaces of antagonism to spaces of engagement." In Marxism and critical realism, ed. Brown, A, 187 - 214. London; New York: Routledge, 2001.
  • Castree, N. "The Production of Nature." In A Companion to Economic Geography, ed. Sheppard, E. Barnes, T, 257-269. Oxford and New York: Blackwell, 2000.
  • Castree, N. and Braun, B. "The construction of nature and the nature of construction." In Remaking reality: nature at the millennium, ed. B. Braun and N. Castree, 1-38. London and New York: Routledge, 1998.

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Reference Works
  • Richardson, D., Castree, N., Goodchild, M., Kobayashi, A., Liu, W. & Marston, R. (eds) (2017) The International Encyclopedia of Geography: Humanity, Earth & Technology (15 volumes, pp. 8217). Wiley–Blackwell, in print and online.
  • Castree, N., Kitchin, R. & Rogers, A. Oxford Dictionary of Human Geography. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2013.
  • Rob Kitchin, Nigel Thrift, Noel Castree, Mike Crang and Mona Domosh. ed. International Encyclopedia of Human Geography. Amsterdam: Elsevier, 2009.

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Journal article
  • Castree, N. (2016) ‘Global change science, social science and the humanities: towards a new Dispensation South Atlantic Quarterly 116, 1: 55-67 doi: 10.1215/00382876-3749315
  • Castree, N. (2016) ‘Geography and the new social contract for global change research’. Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, 41: 4: 328–47.
  • Castree, N. (2015) ‘Unfree radicals: Geoscientists, the Anthropocene and Left politics’. Antipode 4, S1: 52-74 (DOI: 10.1111/anti.12187).
  • Castree, N. (2015) ‘Changing the Anthropo(s)cene’. Dialogues in Human Geography 5, 3: 301-316.
  • Castree, N. (2015) ‘Geography and global change science: relationships absent, necessary and possible’. Geographical Research 54, 1: 1-14.
  • Castree, N. & B. Christophers (2015) ‘Banking spatially on the future: capital switching, infrastructure and the ecological fix’. Annals of the Association of American Geographers105, 2: 1-9 (30% contribution).
  • Castree, N. (2014) ‘The Anthropocene and the environmental humanities: extending the conversation.’ Environmental Humanities 5, 233-60.
  • Castree, N. “The Anthropocene and Geography I: The Back Story.” Geography Compass 8, no. 7 (2014): 436-449.
  • Castree, N. “Geography and the Anthropocene II: Current Contributions.” Geography Compass 8, no. 7 (2014): 450-463.
  • Castree, N. “The Anthropocene and Geography III: Future Directions.” Geography Compass 8, no. 7 (2014): 464-476.
  • Noel Castree and George Henderson. "The capitalist mode of conservation, neoliberalism and the ecology of value." New Proposals 7, 1: 16-37 (2014).
  • Noel Castree. "Strange ecology." New Formations 75(2012) : 161-165.
  • Noel Castree. "The return of nature?" Cultural Geographies 19, no. 4(2012) : 1-6.
  • Noel Castree. "Crisis, continuity and change: neoliberalism, the Left and the future of capitalism." Antipode 41, no. S1(2010) : 185-213.
  • Noel Castree. "Neoliberalism and the biophysical environment: a synthesis and evaluation of the research." Environment and Society: Advances in Research 1, no. 1(2010) : 5-45.
  • Noel Castree. "Neoliberalism and the biophysical world 1: what ‘neoliberalism’ is and what difference nature makes to it." Geography Compass 4, no. 12(2010) : 1725-1733.
  • Noel Castree. "Neoliberalism and the biophysical world 2: theorising the neoliberalisation of nature." Geography Compass 4, no. 12(2010) : 1734-1746.
  • Noel Castree. "Neoliberalism and the biophysical world 3: from theory to practice." Geography Compass 5, no. 1(2011) : 35-49.
  • Noel Castree. "The 2007-9 financial crisis: narrating and politicising a calamity." Human Geography 3, no. 1(2010) : 34-48.
  • Noel Castree. "The paradoxical Professor Giddens." The Sociological Review 58, no. 1(2010) : 156-162.
  • Noel Castree. "Living in a companioned world." Science as Culture 18, no. 1(2009) : 115-120.
  • Castree, N. "The Spatio-temporality of Capitalism." Time and Society 18, no. 1(2009) : 26-61.
  • Castree, N. "Capitalism, the Left and the new world (dis)order." Progress in Human Geography 31, no. 4(2007) : 563-570.
  • Castree, N. "David Harvey: Marxism, capitalism and the geographical imagination." New Political Economy 12, no. 1(2007) : 97-115.
  • Noel Castree. "Labour geography: a work in progress." International Journal of Urban and Regional Research 31, no. 4(2007) : 853-862.
  • Castree, N. "Neo-liberalising nature: processes, outcomes and effects." Environment and Planning A 40, no. 1(2007) : 153-73.
  • Castree, N. "Neo-liberalising nature: the logics of deregulation and reregulation." Environment and Planning A 40, no. 1(2007) : 131-52.
  • Noel Castree. "A new world congress." Science as Culture 15, no. 2(2006) : 159-170.
  • Castree, N. "David Harvey's symptomatic silence." Historical Materialism 14, no. 4(2006) : 35-57.
  • Castree, N. "Geography's new public intellectuals." Antipode 38, no. 2(2006) : 396-412.
  • Castree, N. "Differential geographies: place, indigenous rights and 'local' resources." Political Geography 22, no. 9(2004) : 133-167.
  • Castree, N. "Economy and culture are dead! Long live economy and culture!." Progress in Human Geography 28(2)(2004) .
  • Castree, N. "Old news: representation and academic novelty." Environment and Planning A36(3)(2004) .
  • Castree, N. "The geographical lives of commodities: problems of analysis and critique." Social and Cultural Geography 5(1)(2004) .
  • Castree, N. "A post-environmental ethics?" Ethics, Place and Environment 6(1)(2003) .
  • Castree, N. "Bioprospecting: from theory to practice (and back again)." Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers 28, no. 1(2003) : 35-55.
  • Castree, N. "Commodifying what nature?" Progress in Human Geography 27(2)(2003) .
  • Castree, N. "Border geography." Area 34(1)(2002) : 103 - 112.
  • Castree, N. "False antitheses? Marxism, nature and actor-networks." Antipode 34, no. 1(2002) : 111-146.
  • Castree, N. "Geographic scale and grass-roots internationalism: the Liverpool dock dispute, 1995-98." Economic Geography 73, no. 2(2000) : 272-292.
  • Castree, N. "Marxism and the production of nature." Capital and Class 72, no. 1(2000) : 1-20. eScholarID:1b2617
  • Castree, N. "Professionalisation, activism and the university: whither 'critical geography'?"Environment and Planning A 32(2000) : 955 - 970.
  • Noel Castree. "Envisioning capitalism: geography and the renewal of Marxian political economy." Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers 24, no. 2(1999) : 137-158.
  • Noel Castree. "Birds, mice and geography: Marxisms and dialectics." Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers 21, no. 2(1996) : 342-362.

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Journal Contribution
  • Castree, N. & Waitt, G. (2017) ‘What kind of socio-technical research for what sort of influence on energy policy?’, Energy Research & Social Science (DOI: 10.1016/j.erss.2017.01.023)
  • Castree, N. (2017) ‘The Anthropocene: social science misconstrued’. Nature, 19th January, 54: 289
  • Castree, N. (2016) ‘Broaden research on the human dimensions of climate change’. Nature Climate Change, 6, Page: 731 (DOI:10.1038/nclimate3078)
  • Castree, N. (2016) ‘A tribute to Doreen Massey (3rd January 1944–11th March 2016)’. Progress in Human Geography, 40, 5: 585–592
  • Castree, N. (2015) ‘Co-producing global change research and Geography: the means and ends of engagement’. Dialogues in Human Geography 5, 3: 343-48 (DOI: 10.1177/2043820615613265).
  • Castree, N. (2015) ‘Strategies for changing the intellectual climate’, Nature Climate Change 5, 5: 393.
  • Noel Castree. "A tribute to Neil Robert Smith." Progress in Human Geography 37, no. 1(2013) : 161-163.
  • Noel Castree. "Obituary: Neil Smith, 1954-2012." The Geographical Journal 131, no. 1(2013) .
  • Noel Castree. "Valuing the value of Marx." Capital & Class 37, no. 3(2013) : 482-490.
  • Noel Castree. "Progressing physical geography." Progress in Physical Geography 36, no. 3(2012) : 298-304.
  • Noel Castree. "The future of Geography in English universities." The Geographical Journal 136, no. 4(2011) : 512-519.
  • Noel Castree. "Researching neoliberal environmental governance: a reply to Karen Bakker. "Environment and Planning A 41 41, no. 8(2010) : 1788-1794.
  • Noel Castree. "Charles Darwin and the geographers." Environment and Planning A 41, no. 10(2009) : 2293-2298.
  • Noel Castree & Melissa Wright. "The power of numbers." Antipode 41, no. 1(2009) : 1-9.
  • Noel Castree. "Who's afraid of Charles Darwin?" Geoforum 40, no. 6(2009) : 941-944.
  • Noekl Castree. "Geography = pedagogy = politics." Progress in Human Geography 32, no. 5(2008) : 680-687.
  • Noel Castree. "From neoliberalism to neoliberalisation: confusions, consolations and necessary illusions." Environment and Planning A 38, no. 1(2006) : 1-6.
  • Noel Castree. "Geographical knowledges, universities and academic freedom." Environment and Planning A 38, no. 9(2006) : 1189-1192.
  • Noel Castree. "Geographical knowledges, universities, and academic freedom." Environment and Planning A 38, no. 7(2006) : 1189-1192.
  • Noel Castree, Melissa Wright. "Home truths." Antipode 37, no. 1(2005) : 1-8.
  • Noel Castree. "The epistemology of particulars: human geography, case studies and 'context'." Geoforum 36, no. 5(2005) : 541-544.
  • Noel Castree. "Nature is dead! Long live nature!." Environment and Planning A 36, no. 2(2004) : 191-194.
  • Noel Castree. "Commodity fetishism, geographical imaginations and imaginative geographies."Environment and Planning A 33, no. 9(2001) : 1519-1525.
  • Noel Castree. "What kind of critical geography for what kind of politics?" Environment and Planning A 32, no. 9(2000) : 2091-2095.

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Newspaper/Magazine Contribution
  • Castree, N. (2015) ‘New thinking for a new Earth’, The Dagens Nyheter (the leading Swedish daily newspaper), November 2nd. Swedish title: ‘Enbart forskning räcker inte för att lösa frågan om klimatet’.
  • Noel Castree. "Save our subject." Geographical Magazine(2013) : 77-77.
  • Noel Castree. "How we make knowledge about climate change." American Scientist 98, no. 4(2010) : 336-338.
  • Noel Castree. "Western environmentalism today: paradoxes and challenges." Soundings 34, no. 3(2006) : 11-21.

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Research Student Supervision

Future Students

Not currently taking on new research students

Current Students
  • Shefali Juneja ‘Migration, community and vulnerability to natural hazards’ (ARC funded) 2016-19.
  • Craig Thomas (MSc, Manchester) ‘Fracking, place and citizenship in contemporary Britain’ (part time, SED-funded, 2011-18). 
Past Students
  • Sophie Lewis (BA MSc Oxford, MA New School for Social Research) ‘Commercial surrogacy, gender and power in India’ (ESRC funded) 2013-16.
  • Vicky Ikutegbe ‘Managing weed escapes in New South Wales: a practice approach’ (UoW funded) 2013-16.
  • Daniel Banoub (MA, York). The political economy of fish farming in Newfoundland and Labrador (Memorial University funded, 2012-16).
  • Craig Thomas (MSc, Manchester). Fracking, place and citizenship in contemporary Britain (part time, SED-funded, 2011-17).
  • Laura Pottinger (MA, Manchester). The moral economy of seed saving in England (SED-funded 2010-16).
  • Tomas Fredericksen (MA, Manchester). The political ecology of mining in Zambia (Marie Curie funded, 2006-10).
  • Jason Beery (MA, Penn State). The production of outer space. (SED-funded, 2007-11).
  • Miranda Morgan (MSc, Oxford). Woman, public protest and land use change in rural Indonesia (Brooks World Poverty Institute funded, 2007-11).
  • David Lier (MA, Oslo). Social movement unionism as a strategy to counter cost-recovery reforms in South Africa (SED and ORS funded 2005-8).
  • Lisa Ficklin (MSc, Bath). The Political Ecology of Environmental Crisis: Neoliberalising Nature and Political Identity in Nicaragua (part-time, SED-funded 2005-12).
  • Ramon Ribera (MA, Manchester). Urban revanchism and the commodification of culture (Manchester University funded 2001-04). 
Last reviewed: 18 September, 2017


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