Dr Ian Shaw

  • Lecturer in Human Geography (School of Geographical and Earth Sciences)

Research interests

Biography

I received a PhD in geography from the University of Arizona in 2011. I became a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Glasgow later that year, before taking up my current post as lecturer in human geography. In 2013 I was awarded an ESRC Future Research Leaders fellowship that will run through September 2016. During that time I'll be exploring the intersection between drone warfare, technology, and geopolitics.

The Political Geographies of Drone Warfare

I am interested in the transformations associated with the rise of drones in U.S. national security strategy and geopolitics. In particular, my approach emphasises why the drone is a political actor - a technology that is slowly but definitively changing social, territorial, and sovereign relations. In this sense, I think through the ways that drones are existential forces that are shaping and securing our globalized world.

I have recently completed a manuscript, "The Predator Empire: Drone Warfare and Full Spectrum Dominance," which will be published in the Fall of 2016 by the University of Minnesota Press.

  • Ian Shaw (2016) Scorched Atmospheres: The Violent Geographies of the Vietnam War and the Rise of Drone Warfare, The Annals of the Association of American Geographers, DOI: 10.1080/00045608.2015.1115333
  • Ian Shaw (2016) The Urbanization of Drone Warfare: Policing Surplus Populations in the Dronepolis, Geographica Helvetica, Theme Issue: Space and Power in the Drone Age (in press)
  • Ian Shaw, (2015) Drone Theory? Antipode.
  • Ian Shaw and Majed Akhter (2014) The Dronification of State Violence, Critical Asian Studies, 46(2): 211-234
  • Ian Shaw (2013) Predator Empire: The Geopolitics of U.S. Drone Warfare, Geopolitics, 18(3): 536-559.
  • Ian Shaw and Majed Akhter (2012) The Unbearable Humanness of Drone Warfare in FATA, Pakistan, Antipode 44(4): 1490–1509

More-than-Human Geographies

Under a broadly defined "more-than-human" geography I have written on a range of topics, including nature, human-environment relations, politics, and state theory. The point of this research has been to critically investigate why objects and technologies are capable of policing, challenging, and transforming the worlds in which we inhabit. Indicative of this is my paper "Towards an Evental Geography," which sets out a theoretical framework for imagining a type of planetary politics based on the disruptive qualities of the nonhuman. Selected articles:

  • Katie Meehan, Ian Shaw, and Sallie Marston (2013) Political Geographies of the Object, Political Geography, 33: 1-10.
  • Ian Shaw (2013) Towards an Evental Geography, Progress in Human Geography 36(5): 612–626
  • Ian Shaw, Paul Robbins, and John Paul Jones III (2010) A Bug’s Life and the Spatial Ontologies of Mosquito Management, The Annals of the Association of American Geographers 100(2): 373–392

Political Philosophy

I have long-standing engagements with political philosophy, particularly through the work of Alain Badiou and his theory of the 'event', and Gilles Deleuze's philosophy of life and difference. Finally, I have researched video games as sites of political contestation, with more recent work investigating their subversive qualities. Selected articles:

  • Ian Shaw and Joanne Sharp (2013) Playing with the Future: Social Irrealism and the Politics of Aesthetics, Social & Cultural Geography, 14(3): 341-359
  • Ian Shaw (2010) Sites, Truths, and the Logics of Worlds: Alain Badiou and Human Geography, Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers 35(3): 431–442
  • Ian Shaw and Barney Warf (2009) Worlds of Affect: Virtual Geographies of Video Games, Environment and Planning A 41(6): 1332–1343

Selected publications

Grants

ESRC Future Research Leader, 2013-2016. "Drone Warfare: Towards a More-than-Human Geopolitics." £153,000.

Abstract

The world has woken up in the middle of a science-fiction present. Military pilots controlling unmanned drones called ‘Predators’ and ‘Reapers’ are now able to track, target and eliminate human beings from thousands of miles away. Multi-million pound technological developments are creating drones capable of flying autonomously and cooperating together in intelligent swarms. In a frank assessment, the U.K.'s Ministry of Defence (2011) warns that 'There is a danger that time is running out – is debate and development of policy even still possible, or is the technological genie already out of the ethical bottle, embarking us all on an incremental and involuntary journey towards a Terminator-like reality?' There is so much at stake in the age of the drone: What are the consequences for international territory and laws of war? What are the ethical and moral implications of robotic killings? How is the public being prepared, consulted, and educated? Why are the traditional assumptions of geopolitics insufficient for understanding the rise of the machine? What is next for human security? This project seeks to answer these pressing questions with a unique research framework that is centred on understanding the complex role of technology in transforming society. Drone warfare has already attracted a storm of debate from human rights lawyers, politicians, journalists, activists, and academics. And yet, this proposal argues that the drone is creating such an unprecedented geopolitical reality that it requires innovative research that investigates the capacities of nonhuman things to police, reshape, and remake the geopolitical world order.

Supervision

PhD

  • 2014-. Megan Donald, School of Geographical and Earth Sciences (co-supervised with Hayden Lorimer).
  • 2013-. Ning An, School of Geographical and Earth Sciences (co-supervised with Jo Sharp).
  • 2012-. Ross Macgill, School of Geographical and Earth Sciences (co-supervised with Chris Philo).

MRes

  • 2012. Stacy Paull, School of Geographical and Earth Sciences. Title:"The Utopian Hive".
  • 2012. Ross Macgill, School of Geographical and Earth Sciences. Title: "Deconstructing the Call of Duty: The Geopolitics of War Video Games."

All publications

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Jump to: 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009
Number of items: 29.

2016

Shaw, I. G.R. (2016) Scorched atmospheres: the violent geographies of the Vietnam war and the rise of drone warfare. Annals of the Association of American Geographers, 106(3), pp. 688-704. (doi:10.1080/00045608.2015.1115333)

Shaw, I. G.R. (2016) The urbanization of drone warfare: policing surplus populations in the dronepolis. Geographica Helvetica, 71(1), pp. 19-28. (doi:10.5194/gh-71-19-2016)

2015

Shaw, I. (2015) Drone Theory? by Gregoire Chamayou (translated by Janet Lloyd). Antipode: A Radical Journal of Geography, [Book Review]

2014

Shaw, I., Powell, J., and De La Ossa, J. (2014) Towards a psychoanalytic geopolitics: the militarization of public schooling in the U.S. In: Pile, S. and Kingsbury, P. (eds.) Psychoanalytic Geographies. Ashgate. ISBN 9781472407214

Meehan, K. M., Shaw, I. G.R., and Marston, S. A. (2014) The state of objects. Political Geography, 39, pp. 60-62. (doi:10.1016/j.polgeo.2013.11.005)

Shaw, I., and Akhter, M. (2014) The dronification of state violence. Critical Asian Studies, 46(2), pp. 211-234. (doi:10.1080/14672715.2014.898452)

Shaw, I. G.R. (2014) Ghosts in the machine: drone warfare will haunt the future. Antipode: A Radical Journal of Geography,

2013

Shaw, I. G.R., Jones III, J. P., and Butterworth, M. K. (2013) The mosquito’s umwelt, or one monster’s standpoint ontology. Geoforum, 48, 260-`267. (doi:10.1016/j.geoforum.2012.11.028)

Shaw, I. G.R., and Meehan, K. (2013) Force-full: power, politics, and object-oriented philosophy. Area, 45(2), pp. 216-222. (doi:10.1111/area.12023)

Meehan, K., Shaw, I. G. R., and Marston, S. A. (2013) Political geographies of the object. Political Geography, 33, pp. 1-10. (doi:10.1016/j.polgeo.2012.11.002)

Shaw, I. G. R. (2013) Predator empire: the geopolitics of U.S. drone warfare. Geopolitics, 18(3), pp. 536-559. (doi:10.1080/14650045.2012.749241)

Shaw, I. G.R., and Sharp, J. P. (2013) Playing with the future: social irrealism and the politics of aesthetics. Social and Cultural Geography, 14(3), pp. 341-359. (doi:10.1080/14649365.2013.765027)

2012

Shaw, I.G.R. (2012) Towards an evental geography. Progress in Human Geography, 36(5), pp. 613-627. (doi:10.1177/0309132511435002)

Shaw, I. (2012) From baseworld to droneworld. Antipode: A Radical Journal of Geography,

Shaw, I. (2012) Life and death in Droneworld. Critical Asian Studies, 44(4), pp. 651-658.

Shaw, I. (2012) The future of killer robots: Are we really losing humanity? E-International Relations,

Shaw, I.G.R. (2012) The challenge of X. Dialogues in Human Geography, 2(1), pp. 60-63. (doi:10.1177/2043820612436937)

Shaw, I.G.R., and Akhter, M. (2012) The unbearable humanness of drone warfare in FATA, Pakistan. Antipode: A Radical Journal of Geography, 44(4), pp. 1490-1509. (doi:10.1111/j.1467-8330.2011.00940.x)

2011

Shaw, I. (2011) Assembling Video Game Worlds. In: Brunn, S. (ed.) Engineering Earth: The Impacts of Megaengineering Projects. Springer. ISBN 9789048199198

Shaw, I. (2011) Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Timeline. In: Marston, S., Knox, P., Liverman, D., Robbins, P. and Del Casino, V. (eds.) World Regions in Global Context: Peoples, Places, and Environments. Pearson Prentice Hall, pp. 144-145. ISBN 9780130224842

2010

Shaw, I. (2010) WALL-E’s world: animating Badiou’s philosophy. Cultural Geographies, 17(3), pp. 391-405. (doi:10.1177/1474474010368609)

Shaw, I. (2010) Non-representational Theory. In: Warf, B. (ed.) Encyclopedia of Geography. Sage, pp. 2041-2042. ISBN 9781412956970

Shaw, I. (2010) Peak oil. In: Knox, P. and Marston, S. (eds.) Places and Regions in Global Context: Human Geography. Pearson Prentice Hall, pp. 152-153. ISBN 9780131414914

Shaw, I. (2010) Playing war. Social and Cultural Geography, 11(8), pp. 789-803. (doi:10.1080/14649365.2010.521855)

Shaw, I. (2010) Sites, truths, and the logics of worlds: Alain Badiou and human geography. Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, 35(3), pp. 431-442. (doi:10.1111/j.1475-5661.2010.00385.x)

Shaw, I. (2010) Video Games and Geography. In: Warf, B. (ed.) Encyclopedia of Geography. Sage, pp. 3015-3016. ISBN 9781412956970

Shaw, I., Dixon, D., and Jones, J.P. (2010) Theory and methodology. In: Gomez, B. and Jones, J.P. (eds.) Research Methods in Geography: A Critical Introduction. Blackwell Publishing, pp. 9-25. ISBN 9781405107105

Shaw, I., Jones, J.P., and Robbins, P. (2010) A Bug's Life and the spatial ontologies of mosquito management. Annals of the Association of American Geographers, 100(2), pp. 373-392. (doi:10.1080/00045601003595446)

2009

Shaw, I., and Warf, B. (2009) Worlds of affect: virtual geographies of video games. Environment and Planning A, 41(6), pp. 1332-1343. (doi:10.1068/a41284)

This list was generated on Fri Sep 30 00:37:35 2016 BST.
Number of items: 29.

Articles

Shaw, I. G.R. (2016) Scorched atmospheres: the violent geographies of the Vietnam war and the rise of drone warfare. Annals of the Association of American Geographers, 106(3), pp. 688-704. (doi:10.1080/00045608.2015.1115333)

Shaw, I. G.R. (2016) The urbanization of drone warfare: policing surplus populations in the dronepolis. Geographica Helvetica, 71(1), pp. 19-28. (doi:10.5194/gh-71-19-2016)

Meehan, K. M., Shaw, I. G.R., and Marston, S. A. (2014) The state of objects. Political Geography, 39, pp. 60-62. (doi:10.1016/j.polgeo.2013.11.005)

Shaw, I., and Akhter, M. (2014) The dronification of state violence. Critical Asian Studies, 46(2), pp. 211-234. (doi:10.1080/14672715.2014.898452)

Shaw, I. G.R. (2014) Ghosts in the machine: drone warfare will haunt the future. Antipode: A Radical Journal of Geography,

Shaw, I. G.R., Jones III, J. P., and Butterworth, M. K. (2013) The mosquito’s umwelt, or one monster’s standpoint ontology. Geoforum, 48, 260-`267. (doi:10.1016/j.geoforum.2012.11.028)

Shaw, I. G.R., and Meehan, K. (2013) Force-full: power, politics, and object-oriented philosophy. Area, 45(2), pp. 216-222. (doi:10.1111/area.12023)

Meehan, K., Shaw, I. G. R., and Marston, S. A. (2013) Political geographies of the object. Political Geography, 33, pp. 1-10. (doi:10.1016/j.polgeo.2012.11.002)

Shaw, I. G. R. (2013) Predator empire: the geopolitics of U.S. drone warfare. Geopolitics, 18(3), pp. 536-559. (doi:10.1080/14650045.2012.749241)

Shaw, I. G.R., and Sharp, J. P. (2013) Playing with the future: social irrealism and the politics of aesthetics. Social and Cultural Geography, 14(3), pp. 341-359. (doi:10.1080/14649365.2013.765027)

Shaw, I.G.R. (2012) Towards an evental geography. Progress in Human Geography, 36(5), pp. 613-627. (doi:10.1177/0309132511435002)

Shaw, I. (2012) From baseworld to droneworld. Antipode: A Radical Journal of Geography,

Shaw, I. (2012) Life and death in Droneworld. Critical Asian Studies, 44(4), pp. 651-658.

Shaw, I. (2012) The future of killer robots: Are we really losing humanity? E-International Relations,

Shaw, I.G.R. (2012) The challenge of X. Dialogues in Human Geography, 2(1), pp. 60-63. (doi:10.1177/2043820612436937)

Shaw, I.G.R., and Akhter, M. (2012) The unbearable humanness of drone warfare in FATA, Pakistan. Antipode: A Radical Journal of Geography, 44(4), pp. 1490-1509. (doi:10.1111/j.1467-8330.2011.00940.x)

Shaw, I. (2010) WALL-E’s world: animating Badiou’s philosophy. Cultural Geographies, 17(3), pp. 391-405. (doi:10.1177/1474474010368609)

Shaw, I. (2010) Playing war. Social and Cultural Geography, 11(8), pp. 789-803. (doi:10.1080/14649365.2010.521855)

Shaw, I. (2010) Sites, truths, and the logics of worlds: Alain Badiou and human geography. Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, 35(3), pp. 431-442. (doi:10.1111/j.1475-5661.2010.00385.x)

Shaw, I., Jones, J.P., and Robbins, P. (2010) A Bug's Life and the spatial ontologies of mosquito management. Annals of the Association of American Geographers, 100(2), pp. 373-392. (doi:10.1080/00045601003595446)

Shaw, I., and Warf, B. (2009) Worlds of affect: virtual geographies of video games. Environment and Planning A, 41(6), pp. 1332-1343. (doi:10.1068/a41284)

Book Sections

Shaw, I., Powell, J., and De La Ossa, J. (2014) Towards a psychoanalytic geopolitics: the militarization of public schooling in the U.S. In: Pile, S. and Kingsbury, P. (eds.) Psychoanalytic Geographies. Ashgate. ISBN 9781472407214

Shaw, I. (2011) Assembling Video Game Worlds. In: Brunn, S. (ed.) Engineering Earth: The Impacts of Megaengineering Projects. Springer. ISBN 9789048199198

Shaw, I. (2011) Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Timeline. In: Marston, S., Knox, P., Liverman, D., Robbins, P. and Del Casino, V. (eds.) World Regions in Global Context: Peoples, Places, and Environments. Pearson Prentice Hall, pp. 144-145. ISBN 9780130224842

Shaw, I. (2010) Non-representational Theory. In: Warf, B. (ed.) Encyclopedia of Geography. Sage, pp. 2041-2042. ISBN 9781412956970

Shaw, I. (2010) Peak oil. In: Knox, P. and Marston, S. (eds.) Places and Regions in Global Context: Human Geography. Pearson Prentice Hall, pp. 152-153. ISBN 9780131414914

Shaw, I. (2010) Video Games and Geography. In: Warf, B. (ed.) Encyclopedia of Geography. Sage, pp. 3015-3016. ISBN 9781412956970

Shaw, I., Dixon, D., and Jones, J.P. (2010) Theory and methodology. In: Gomez, B. and Jones, J.P. (eds.) Research Methods in Geography: A Critical Introduction. Blackwell Publishing, pp. 9-25. ISBN 9781405107105

Book Reviews

Shaw, I. (2015) Drone Theory? by Gregoire Chamayou (translated by Janet Lloyd). Antipode: A Radical Journal of Geography, [Book Review]

This list was generated on Fri Sep 30 00:37:35 2016 BST.