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Jon Anderson

Yr Athro Jon Anderson

Reader in Human Geography

Ysgol Daearyddiaeth a Chynllunio

+44 29208 75308
Adeilad Morgannwg, Ystafell 2.71, Rhodfa’r Brenin Edward VII, Caerdydd, CF10 3WA
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My academic interest is oriented around the 'extraordinary sets of relations between people and places' (Holloway & Hubbard, 2000:6). These 'extraordinary relations' circulate around a number of spaces of interest, including Geography, Place & Culture; Water Worlds and Surfing Places; and Literary Geographies, and have led to a range of international quality research publications and funding projects.

Current projects include the AHRC funded 'A New Literary Geography: Establishing a Digital Literary Atlas for Wales and its Borderlands' (April 2016-July 2018), and the ESRC funded 'Locality, Community & Civil Society' (Work Package 1.2 in WISERD Civil Societies, Theme 1: Redefining Local Civil Society in an age of Global Inter-Connectivity, with Professor Mike Woods, Sept 2016-Sept 2018).

These research interests inform my undergraduate and postgraduate teaching, both of which have won national teaching awards (Royal Town Planning Institute Awards for Teaching Excellence, 2009, 2011).

My key publications include: Understanding Cultural Geography: Places and Traces (2010 and Second Edition 2015), Water Worlds: Human Geographies of the Ocean (with Peters, K, 2014), and Page and Place: Ongoing Compositions of Plot (2014).


Surfers are model global citizens, according to geographer and sea-kayaker Dr Jon Anderson from Cardiff University's School of Geography and Planning.

While people may think of surfers as nomads obsessed only with catching the perfect wave, Dr Anderson argues that they care passionately about coastal areas and the people around them. Surfers' focus on protecting what is most dear to them - coastlines - is turning them into stewards of the sea.

Dr Anderson explained his ideas recently to more than 1,500 people at the Royal Geographical Society (with Institute of British Geographers) annual International Conference.

A number of media interviews were conducted on these projects including a radio interview with BBC World Service (31 Aug, 2011) and a BBC TV News interview with George Alagiah (GMT, BBC World News, 31 Aug 2011).


Links to the presentations given at the Royal Geographical Society / Institute of British Geographers Conference in Kensington Gore, London, September 2011 can be found on Dr Jons Anderson's Spatial Manifesto Website.




















Book sections





  • 2015 A New Literary Geography: Establishing a Digital Literary Atlas for Wales and its Borderlands. AHRC. £617,614.05 May, 2015. Funded.
  • 2015 Living Storied Streets: Actively Connecting Literature and Geography in the heart of Cardiff.
  • 2014 WISERD Civil Societies: Theme 1 Locality, Community & Civil Society. Work Package 1.2: Redefining Local Civil Society in an age of Global Inter-Connectivity (October 2016 - September 2018), with Prof. Mike Woods. Funded.
  • 2014 Partner in 'Sustainable Waters' University Research Institute, Funded.
  • 2014 Cardiff University Research Fellowship, Cardiff University (£15,000).
  • 2013 'Page & Place Ongoing Compositions of Plot'. Phase 2: Creating a Digital Cartography of Cardiff. Phase Two. WISERD £1980.
  • 2013 Valuing a wave: using mixed methods to calculate the social and economic value of coastal surfing resources. The Cardiff Undergraduate Research Opportunities Programme £1360.
  • 2012 'Page and Place: Ongoing Compositions of Plot' Research Monograph funding, Wales Institute of Social & Economic Research, Data & Methods (WISERD) £3202.30.
  • 2012 Biomapping - methodological trials in the social sciences. The Cardiff Undergraduate Research Opportunities Programme £1,360.
  • 2012 Widening Access Research, Cardiff University with Bousie, G. Harris, N. Thomas, H. £19,500.
  • 2010 The 'relational state': the geographies and psychologies of Jet Lag. School of City & Regional Planning, Cardiff University Seedcorn Grant, £1000.
  • 2010 Biomapping and Emotional Geographies, with Dr Chris Taylor, School of Social Sciences. Welsh Institute of Social & Economic Reseach (WISERD) Grant, project, £3000.
  • 2008 Sports Council Users Survey. Sports Council for Wales, £3,535.
  • 2008 Surfs Up! Participation Regimes and Motivations for Surfing in Wales. Sports Council for Wales, £8053 + VAT.
  • 06-08 Grassroots Rural Protest and Political Activity in Britain. ESRC Research Grants Scheme. £198,249. Co-applicant with Dr M Woods (Director).
  • 06-07 Being Ecological? Managing Multiple Identities through Environmental Action. The ESRC Centre for Business Relationships, Accountability, Sustainability and Society. £2000.
  • 02-03 Research Study into the Role, Functions and Future Potential of Town and Community Councils in Wales. Welsh Assembly Government. £100,700 (Co-applicant, with Dr M Woods, Dr W.J. Edwards (Directors); Dr J Anderson, Dr G Gardner, R Hughes).

PhD Supervision

  • Richard Cheng-Yu. Sustainable Development in Protected Areas: Resolving the Conflicts Between Protected Area Management and Indigenous Peoples. 2004 - 2009. Self-funded.
  • Hui Yu-Yu. Consumer Space and Identity: The Eslite Phenomenon. 2006 - 2014 Self-funded.
  • Kathryn Erskine. Finding a place through liminal travel: the role of the gap year. 2009 - 2012 ESRC 1+3 Scholarship.
  • Matthew Nouch. Participation and Democracy For All: Possibilities for Gender, Queer Racial Expression at the Interface of State and Society at the Participatory Budget (PB) Porto Alegre. 2010-14
  • Diana Beljaars. Different conceptions of place: Gilles De La Tourette syndrome and the significance of insignificant materiality CPLAN Scholarship 2014-
  • Jennifer Owen. Storage Space. 2014-


I run the second year undergraduate module 'Cultural Geographies: Places and Practices', which complements the textbook 'Understanding Cultural Geography: Places and Traces) (2010, 2015, 2021). There follows some comments on the module from recent participants:

"Amazing lectures and seminars, very engaging and very interesting topics covered over the module".

"Have received a lot of support for this module, particularly with the assessment, and the lecturer's enthusiasm made the learning experience that much more enjoyable. Not only this but the lecture content was incredibly interesting and enjoyable"

"I want the lecturer to adopt me. Please. They are AMAZING! The lectures are so so good, because they actually teach [me things]! They'll be a few bullet points or quotes on the slide, but then they'll expand upon them and actually talk about the content instead of just reading it. This adds so much more detail and information, and helps with the context of the quotations, which helps us to frame the debates within the larger context of the module, which makes it make sense. The lectures are broken down into good sized chunks. The lecturer does really well to link each section to other sections, other weeks and the running themes of the module. Seminars are really good too. They are based around a reading, and we have a discussion to help us understand it. They are engaging and really useful. All of the content is engaging, innovative, interesting and just great".

"Loved this module so much, my favourite so far. The lecturer is really engaging and interesting to listen to".

"The lecturer's enthusiasm for cultural geography is inspiring and has definitely influenced the overall experience and understanding of this module in a positive way".

"Such a passioate lecturer! Love the enthusiasm which motivates students too"



  • Ph.D.'Environmental Direct Action: making space for new forms of political community?' School of Geographical
  • Sciences, University of Bristol, UK (1996-2000)
  • MSc, Environmental Policy and Management, University of Hull (1995-1996)
  • BA Hons, Geography, University of Hull. Class: 1 (1992-1995)

School and other Responsibilities

  • Director of Teaching and Learning

Meysydd goruchwyliaeth

I am interested in supervising PhD students in the areas of:

Surfing Spaces and Water Worlds

Literary Geography

Cultural Geography