Academic Profile

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 postdoc in 2013, he held positions in political geography at University College London and Queen's University Belfast. Ian's PhD (2011) and MA were obtained at UCL. His undergraduate is from Maastricht University.

Current Research

Situated in political and historical geography, Ian's current research explores the entangled histories of geopolitics and the intellectual far right. His most recent book, Life, earth, colony: Friedrich Ratzel's necropolitical geography (University of Michigan Press, 2023) surveys the life, ideas and reception of Friedrich Ratzel (1844-1904), the founder of political geography and thinker of Lebensraum. Ian's first book, Cryptic concrete: A subterranean journey into Cold War Germany (Wiley, 2018) examines military landscapes which were designed in the 1950s and 60s to protect and take life in nuclear war. Ian frequently gives seminars and conference papers across Europe and North America and has spoken at events organised by the British Library, Chatham House, English Heritage and the Scottish Parliament. He co-edits the book series Geopolitical Bodies, Material Worlds at Lexington.


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, military architecture, thinkers of war and space, the history of political ideas, German politics.

Current Graduate Research Students

Yi-Ting Chang

From geo- to astropolitics: How Taiwan constructs vertical territory within the global satellite network

Jin Hee Lim

Infrastructural intersection and everyday experiences of state and status in Northern Thailand.

Recent Graduate Research Students (since 2006)

Britain Hopkins
Completed DPhil in 2021

'Accepting the competitive challenge': the intellectual and legislative origins of the student loan industry in the U.S.

Liam Saddington
Completed DPhil in 2021

Rising Seas and Sinking Islands: The Geopolitics of Climate Change in Tuvalu and Kiribati

Sofya Gavrilova
Completed DPhil in 2019

The present taxidermied: Soviet ‘common unsaids’ in Russian krayevedcheskiy museums

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