Professor of Geopolitics, Royal Holloway

Professor Klaus Dodds researches in the areas of geopolitics and security, media/popular culture (esepcially on film theory) and the international governance of the Antarctic and the Arctic.

He has published many books including Scramble for the Poles? The Contemporary Geopolitics of the Arctic and Antarctic (Polity 2015 with Mark Nuttall), International Politics and Film (Columbia University Press 2014 with Sean Carter), The Antarctic: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press 2012), Geopolitics: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press, 2007 and 2014 second edition), Global Geopolitics: A Critical Introduction (Pearson Education, 2005) and Pink Ice: Britain and the South Atlantic Empire (I B Tauris, 2002) and co-edited The Ashgate Research Companion to Critical Geopolitics (Ashgate 2013), Spaces of Security and Insecurity (Ashgate 2009), Observant States: Geopolitics and Visual Culture (I B Tauris 2009), Geopolitical Traditions (Routledge 2000), Polar Geopolitics: Knowledges, Legal Regimes and Resources (Edward Elgar 2014). His new book projects include Ice for the Earth Series published by Reaktion, The World is Not Enough: The Geographies, Genders and Geopolitics of James Bond (Palgrave Macmillan with Lisa Funnell) and a co-edited Research Companion on the Politics of the Antarctic (Edward Elgar with Alan Hemmings and Peder Roberts).

In November 2005, he was awarded the Philip Leverhulme Prize for his achievements in the fields of geopolitics and human geography. In academic year 2010-11, he was a visiting fellow at St Cross College, Oxford and HARC fellow at Royal Holloway. In October 2012, he was elected Academician (now Fellow) of the Academy of Social Sciences (FAcSS).

He was editor of The Geographical Journal between 2010-2015 and editorial board member of Critical Studies on Security, Geopolitics, Political Geography and Polar Record. He was an editorial board member of Transations of the Instiute of British Geographers and Polar Journal.

Klaus is a Council Member of the Canada-UK Council and a member of the UK Polar Partnership Committee. He is an external examiner for UCL and University College Dublin. In July 2014, he was appointed specialist adviser to the House of Lords Arctic Select Committee, which issued its report in March 2015.


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    Professor of Geopolitics, Royal Holloway