Ian Klinke is an Associate Professor in Human Geography and Tutorial Fellow at St John's College. Before joining the School of Geography and the Environment as a postdoctoral research fellow in 2013, he held positions in political geography at University College London (UCL) and Queen's University Belfast (QUB). Ian's PhD (2011) and MA (2007) were obtained at UCL. His undergraduate is from Maastricht University (2006).
Associate Professor in Human Geography
- Fellow and Tutor at St John's College, Oxford
- Member of the Political Worlds: Place, Power, Politics research cluster
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Situated within political geography, Ian’s work has focused on the tradition of German geopolitics and the material landscapes of the Cold War. Posing both historical and contemporary questions, his research combines an interest in critical social theory with multi-method empirical work. He is currently writing a book on the controversial German geographer Friedrich Ratzel (1844-1904).
Ian's 2018 book Cryptic Concrete: A subterranean journey into Cold War Germany sheds light on the history of geo- and biopolitics through an analysis of the strategic discourses and physical architecture of nuclear war in early Cold War West Germany. A German translation of Cryptic Concrete appeared in 2019. Ian has given invited seminars across Europe, North America and Asia and has spoken at events organised by Chatham House, the British Library, English Heritage and the Scottish Parliament. He co-edits a book series with Jason Dittmer (UCL) under the title Geopolitical Bodies, Material Worlds.
Ian contributes to a number of Prelims and FHS courses and convenes a second-year option entitled ‘Geography at war’. He supervises DPhil students on a variety of topics and would welcome further doctoral projects in the following areas: geo- and biopolitics, Cold War architecture, thinkers of war and space, the history of geopolitical ideas, contemporary German politics.
Current Graduate Research Students
‘Accepting the competitive challenge’: the intellectual and legislative origins of the student loan industry in the U.S.
Recent Graduate Research Students (since 2006)
Completed DPhil in 2021
Rising Seas and Sinking Islands: The Geopolitics of Climate Change in Tuvalu and Kiribati
Completed DPhil in 2019
The present taxidermied: Soviet ‘common unsaids’ in Russian krayevedcheskiy museums
- Klinke, I. (2018) Cryptic concrete: A subterranean journey into Cold War Germany. Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford. pp. 256. ISBN: 978-1-119-26103-2.
- Featherstone, D., Dittmer, J., Forsyth, I., Lossau, J., Squire, R. and Klinke, I. (2019) Review forum: Cryptic Concrete: A Subterranean Journey into Cold War Germany. Political Geography.
- Garrett, B.L. and Klinke, I. (2019) Opening the bunker: Function, materiality and temporality. Environment and Planning C: Politics and Space, 37(6): 1063-1081.
- Klinke, I. (2019) On the history of a subterranean geopolitics. Geoforum.
- Klinke, I. (2019) Vitalist temptations: Life, earth and the nature of war. Political Geography, 72: 1-9.
- Klinke, I. (2018) Friedrich Ratzel, Lebensraum and the death motif. Journal of Historical Geography, 61: 97-101.
- Klinke, I. (2018) Geopolitics and the political right: lessons from Germany. International Affairs, 94(3): 495-514.
- Klinke, I. and Bassin, M. (2018) Lebensraum and its discontents: Introduction to the special issue. Journal of Historical Geography, 61: 53-58.
- Powell, R.C., Klinke, I., Jazeel, T., Daley, P., Kamata, N., Heffernan, M., Swain, A., McConnell, F., Barry. A. and Phillips, R. (2017) Interventions in the political geographies of ‘area’. Political Geography, 57: 94-104.
- Klinke, I. (2016) Self-annihilation, nuclear play and West Germany's compulsion to repeat. Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, 41(1): 109-120.
- Klinke, I. (2016) The Russian Cyber-Bride as Geopolitical Fantasy. Journal of Economic and Social Geography, 107(2): 189-202.
- Klinke, I. (2015) Commentary: Area studies, geography and the study of Europe's East. The Geographical Journal, 181(4): 423-426.
- Klinke, I. (2015) European integration studies and the European Union's Eastern gaze. Millennium: Journal of International Studies, 43(2): 567-583.
- Klinke, I. (2015) The bunker and the camp: inside West Germany’s nuclear tomb. Environment and Planning D, 33(1): 154-168.
- Klinke, I. and Perombelon, B. (2015) Notes on the desecuritisation of the Rhineland frontier. Geopolitics, 20(4): 836-852.
- Klinke, I. (2013) Chronopolitics: a conceptual matrix. Progress in Human Geography, 37(5): 673-690.
- Klinke, I. (2013) What is to be done? Marx and Mackinder in Minsk. Cooperation and Conflict, 48(1): 122-142.
- Klinke, I. (2012) Postmodern geopolitics? The European Union eyes Russia. Europe-Asia Studies, 64(5): 929-947.
- Klinke, I. (2011) Geopolitics in Germany: the return of the living dead? Geopolitics, 16(3): 707-726.
- Ciuta, F. and Klinke, I. (2010) Lost in conceptualization: reading the "new Cold War" with critical geopolitics. Political Geography, 29(6): 323-332.
- Klinke, I. (forthcoming) Geography at war. In, Heffernan, M., Domosh, M. and Withers, C. (eds.) Sage Handbook of Historical Geography. Sage, London.
- Klinke, I. (2018) The bunker and the camp. In, Minca, C. et al. (ed.) Camp geographies: Contemporary spatialities of a modern political technology. Rowman and Littlefield International, London. pp. 279-292.
- Klinke, I. (2017) Security. In, Richardson, D., Castree, N., Goodchild, M., Kobayashi, A., Liu, W. and Marston, D. (eds.) The International Encyclopedia of Geography: People, the Earth, Environment and Technology. Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford. ISBN: 9781118786352.
- Klinke, I. (2016) The German in the Kremlin: the rise and fall of German Eurasianism. In, M. Bassin and G. Pozo (eds.) The politics of Eurasianism: Identity, popular culture and Russia’s foreign policy. Rowman and Littlefield International, London. pp. 301-317.
- Klinke, I. (2018) Review of Jason B. Johnson: Divided village: The Cold War in German borderlands. H/Soz/Kult.
- Klinke, I. (2016) Review of Claudio Minca and Rory Rowan: On Schmitt and Space. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space.
- Klinke, I. (2015) European Geopolitics after the Crisis. Geopolitics, 20(2): 479-483.
- Klinke, I. (2013) The geopolitics of European (dis)union. Political Geography, 37: 1-4.
- Klinke, I. (2012) Review of Jeremy Black: Geopolitics. Millennium: Journal of International Studies, 41(1): 154-156.
- Klinke, I. (2011) Review of Martin Müller: Making great power identities in Russia. Political Studies Review, 9(1): 90.
- (2017) Why Territory? Weapons of Reason
- (2015) Why Germany's decision to join the fight against Islamic State is so significant - and misguided. The Conversation.
- (2014) NATO's nuclear relapse. Al Jazeera.
- (2014) NATO: the alliance that should have been dissolved. Al Jazeera.
- (2014) Geopolitical passport. Exploring Geopolitics.