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 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).

Current Research

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

Britain Hopkins

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

Recent Graduate Research Students (since 2006)

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

Selected Publications

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Journal Articles

Book Chapters

  • 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.

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