Academic Profile

Bradley L Garrett joined the Technological Natures research cluster in October 2012 as a researcher and became a Visiting Research Associate after taking up a permanent Lecturer position at the University of Southampton in October 2015. He holds a BSc in Anthropology and a BA in History from the University of California Riverside (2003) and an MA in Maritime Archaeology from James Cook University, Australia (2005). Brad completed his PhD at Royal Holloway, University of London in April 2012. His doctoral research was a visual ethnography with urban explorers, people who trespass into, and often photograph, off-limits urban spaces. The research was one of the first multimedia theses in geography, being comprised of text, photography and video. Prior to 2008, Brad worked for several years as a heritage consultant and archaeologist for the United States Bureau of Land Management and several Native American tribes.

Brad's research interests revolve around heritage, place, urbanity, ruins and waste, ethnography, spatial politics, subversion and creative (mostly audio/visual) methods. His work has been featured in media around the world and he has written for The Guardian, Domus, Times Literary Supplement, Financial Times and Times Higher Education. His first book, Explore Everything: Place Hacking the City was published by Verso in the Autumn 2013 and was translated into Korean by Medeci Media and Japanese by Seidosha. His second book, Subterranean London: Cracking the Capital was released by Prestel Publishing (Random House) in Autumn 2014.

Current Research

Subterranean London: Cracking the Capital will be released in Autumn 2015 as a revised and expanded softcover edition. Dr Garrett has also recently submitted an edited collection entitled Undergrounds: Exploring our cities within with Dr Carlos López Galviz and Dr Paul Dobraszczyk to Reaktion (Yale University Press) for publication in Spring 2016.

Brad is currently developing a new research project to map and use all of the public space in London, which he recently gave a TEDx talk about. He is also collaborating on an audio/visual project about isolated places in the midst of global trade flows.


Selected Publications

Publications are those that were listed on the old website. Publications database integration forthcoming.

Conference and Workshop Presentations

  • 2015 - 'What is left to explore?', meeting of the Southern Region committee of the Royal Geographical Society, University of Southampton, 29th April.
  • 2015 - 'Mapping all the Public Space in London' TEDx Southampton, Nuffield Theatre, University of Southampton, 25th April 2015.
  • 2015 - 'Place hacking sociology', BSA Regional Postgraduate Day, University of Liverpool, 2nd April.
  • 2015 - 'Senses of place in place hacking', Place Symposium Keynote, University of Exeter, Falmouth Campus, Cornwall 27th March.
  • 2015 - Psychogeography guest lecture for Will Self, Brunel, University of London, 23th March.
  • 2015 - Experimental Geographies, Critical Topics in Urban Studies Module, University of Vienna, 5th March.
  • 2015 - Secret city, Salon for the City, Antique Beat presents London at the Library, London, 26th February.
  • 2015 - The Hidden Heritage of London, Reimagine London: What if we made London a National Park? London Southbank Centre, 24th February.
  • 2015 - Visual ethnography in action: negotiating ethics with recreational trespassers, Ethics in a Complex World seminar series, University of Southampton, 23rd February.
  • 2014 - Aesthetics, Bodies and Action in London's Sewers, Manchester Metropolitan University Seminar Series, 11th December.
  • 2014 - Bodies, technology, and the edgework of urban exploration, Newcastle College, UK, 4th December.
  • 2014 - Urban exploration: Embodied images, University of Manchester Guest Lecture in Art History for Paul Dobraszczyk, 21st November.
  • 2014 - The art of living dangerously in the city of Paranoia, Urban Encounters 2014: Movements/Mobilities/Migrations, Tate Britain, 24th-25th October, with an urban walk from 14.00-16.00, 24th October.
  • 2014 - Explore everything, Off the Shelf Festival of Words, 7pm, Arundel Room, Millennium Gallery, Sheffield, 23rd October.
  • 2014 - Security subversions, in conversation with Anna Minton at the London Southbank Centre, 12th October.
  • 2014 - Trespass is good for cities, TEDxVienna CITYx 'Brave New Space' panel, 25th September.
  • 2014 - Move along: engineering architectural exclusion, Middlesex University, Bodies + Space Conference, 18th-19th September.
  • 2014 - When less security means more creativity, Google Zeitgeist annual summit, Phoenix, Arizona, 15th-17th September.
  • 2014 - Place hacking the city, Inspire: Exploration panel, Brisbane Writers Festival, Brisbane, Australia, 6th September.
  • 2014 - Living dangerously (panel discussion with Lydia Cacho and Masha Gessen), Festival of Dangerous Ideas, Sydney Opera House, Sydney, Australia, 31st August 3:45-4:45pm.
  • 2014 - Place-hack your city, Festival of Dangerous Ideas, Sydney Opera House, Sydney, Australia, 30th August.
  • 2014 - Place hacking the city, Melbourne Writer's Festival, Melbourne, 29th August, 7:30pm.
  • 2014 - Out of the dock, Trespassing in Fieldwork Symposium, St Hilda's College, University of Oxford, 3rd June.
  • 2014 - Art and activism in urban exploration, University of Swansea, 24th March.
  • 2014 - Psychogeography guest lecture for Will Self, Brunel, University of London, 10th March.
  • 2014 - Urban Edges, Charity lecture for St Christopher's Hospice with Neil Gresham and Sebastian Foucan, The House of St. Barnabus, 4th March.
  • 2014 - (Re)locating the hidden city: Infiltrating off-limits heritage spaces, University of Nottingham, 27th February.
  • 2014 - Place-hacking architecture: under, over and in-between everyday space, Canterbury School of Architecture, 10th February.
  • 2013 - Subterranean Cities with Stephen Walter, Liverpool International Gothic Festival, 18th November.
  • 2013 - The new image of exploration, Edinburgh College of Art, Edinburgh, 28th October.
  • 2013 - Explore Everything discussion (with Edward Hollis), Edinburgh Radical Book Fair, Edinburgh, 27th October.
  • 2013 - Explore Everything: A talk with short films, Komedia Club, Brighton (with the Old Reading Room), 23rd October.
  • 2013 - Place-hacking the city: in conversation (with Iain Borden), Tate Modern, 31st October 2013.
  • 2013 - Taking back the City, Westway Urban Edge: Speakers, Images, Action! at the Portobello Pop-Up cinema, Westway Urban Edge Festival, 20th October.
  • 2013 - Glorious backfires in digital ethnography: becoming an urban explorer, Oxford Internet Institute, Oxford, 14th October.
  • 2013 - Megacities: Built for the people, by the people, Cheltenham Literature Festival Panel Discussion (with Leo Hollis) and Jonathan Glancy, Cheltenham, UK 8th October.
  • 2013 - Encountering the city through urban interventions, Visual Urbanisms 2013: Perceptions of the Material Landscape, British Library, London, 7th October.
  • 2013 - Explore Everything, Place-Hacking the City, Blackwell's Bookshop, Oxford, 3rd October.
  • 2013 - Kiss the sky, a conversation with Will Self, Barbican, London 2nd October.
  • 2013 - Creative underbelly: nocturnal interventions in transport, ESRC funded Forge Mini-Symposium, Disused Transport Infrastructure in Research and Practice: Interdisciplinary and Pan-European Perspectives, 13th June, University College London, London.
  • 2013 - Track running: Heritage and security implications in disused infrastructure, University of Oxford Transportation Studies Unit Seminar, 27th February, Oxford.
  • 2013 - Adventure under your feet, Night of Adventure charity event for Hopes and Homes for Children, March 11th, Vue Cinema, Leicester Square, London.
  • 2013 - The force of images: creating imaginative space through photography of the hidden city, King's College London Cities Seminar, 7th March, London.
  • 2013 - Secrets of the hidden city, Oxford School of Geography and the Environment Technological Natures Seminar, 13th March, Oxford.
  • 2012 - Getting a grip on time slip: decay fetishism in an age of austerity, Ruins and Radiation workshop, Whitworth Art Gallery, University of Manchester, 28th November, Manchester.
  • 2012 - Recoding urban space through place hacking, Taking Place, CRASSH Graduate Research Group, University of Cambridge, 29th October, Cambridge.
  • 2012 - Capital striation, Brighton Photo Biennial, 24th October, Caroline of Brunswick, Brighton.
  • 2012 - Emotion dump, Stichting Idee-fixe (IDFX), 13th September, Breda, Netherlands.
  • 2012 - Exploring the uncanny, The Stone Tapes I, CTM.12: Festival for Adventurous Music and Related Arts, Berlin, Germany, 3rd February.