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Associate Professor, University of Victoria

Simon Springer is based at the University of Victoria, Canada in the Department of Geography. His research agenda explores the social and political exclusions that neoliberalism has engendered, particularly in post-transitional Cambodia, where he emphasizes the geographies of violence and power. He cultivates a cutting edge theoretical approach to his scholarship by foregrounding both poststructuralist critique and a radical revival of anarchist philosophy. Simon’s books include 'The Anarchist Roots of Geography: Towards Spatial Emancipation' (University of Minnesota Press, 2016), 'The Discourse of Neoliberalism: An Anatomy of a Powerful Idea' (Rowman & Littlefield), 'Violent Neoliberalism: Development, Discourse and Dispossession in Cambodia' (Palgrave Macmillan), and 'Cambodia’s Neoliberal Order: Violence, Authoritarianism, and the Contestation of Public Space' (Routledge). His edited books include 'The Handbook of Neoliberalism' (Routledge), 'The Handbook of Contemporary Cambodia' (Routledge) and the 'Anarchism, Geography and the Spirit of Revolt' trilogy (Rowman & Littlefield). He serves as Managing Editor of ACME: An International Journal for Critical Geographies and is co-editor of the Transforming Capitalism book series published by Rowman & Littlefield.


  • 2015–present
    Associate professor, University of Victoria
  • 2012–2015
    Assistant professor, University of Victoria
  • 2010–2012
    Lecturer, University of Otago
  • 2009–2010
    Assistant professor, National University of Singapore


  • 2009 
    The University of British Columbia, PhD / Geography
  • 2005 
    Queen's University, MA / Geography
  • 2003 
    University of Northern British Columbia, BA / Geography