Dr Adam Bobbette
- Lecturer in Political Geology (School of Geographical & Earth Sciences)
I am a human geographer and political geologist.
I grew up in rural Ontario and have lived in Hong Kong, Indonesia, Australia, and the UK. I studied the history of philosophy and cultural studies at Trent University and McGill, followed by architecture and landscape at the University of Toronto. I undertook my PhD in Geography at Cambridge, followed by post-doctoral work at UNSW, Sydney, in the New Earth Histories research program.
My interests include the history and social life of the geological, earth, and environmental sciences, critical minerals, politics of mining, politics of volcanoes, earth knowledges, planetary theory, and geo-spiritualities. My region of expertise is Indonesia and Southeast Asia.
My first book is The Pulse of the Earth: Political Geology in Java (Duke University Press, 2023). With Alison Bashford and Emily Kern, I co-edited New Earth Histories: Geo-Cosmologies and the Making of the Modern World (University of Chicago Press, 2023). With Amy Donovan, I co-edited Political Geology: Active Stratigraphies and the Making of Life (Palgrave, 2019).
I have also written for a variety of publications, including The London Review of Books, Times Literary Supplement, Cabinet, N+1, and e-flux.
In 2019, I co-created Kebun Lithos (Lithic Garden), a research platform on the slope of Mount Merapi, an active volcano in central Java.
Political geology, environmental humanities, geohumanities
I am honoured to have collaborated with artists, architects, and film-makers on a number of projects related to political geology.
My research has been funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, The British Academy, Selwyn College Cambridge, Melanesia Mission UK, University of New South Wales, Cambridge International Trust, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada
I would be interested in supervising projects in political geology.
- Yang, Xin
A tool for scientific governance? The historical geography of China’s Arctic research station