Dr Ian Shaw

  • Senior Lecturer (School of Geographical & Earth Sciences)

Research interests

I study political geography, philosophy, robot wars, (in)security, political violence, and capitalism. I received a PhD in geography from the University of Arizona in 2011. I have been employed at the University of Glasgow since then.

Robots, Geopolitics, and (In)Security

I am interested in the geopolitical transformations associated with the rise of drones in U.S. national security strategy and beyond. In particular, his approach emphasises why the drone is a political actor - a technology that is slowly but definitively changing social, territorial, and sovereign relations. The point of such work is to fully understand the objects and materials that are responsible for producing inequality, difference, and change in the world.

See my documentary, Remote: A Documentary about Drones and Humans (2017).

I research the geopolitical and geoeconomic transformations associated with the rise of robots in conflict. My approach explores how robots are transforming state power, capitalism, violence, and the human condition. In this sense, I study how they are existential forces that are rendering our worlds ever more (in)secure.

Violence and Capitalism

I am interested in how violence, capitalism, and social infrastructures relate to each other. Recently, this has manifest in a renewed interest in the status of worlds and the violent conditions in which they are born. 

Past Research (selected)

Power, Politcs and the More-than-Human

Under a broad more-than-human geography, I have written on human-environment relations, politics, and state theory. The point of this research has been to investigate how nonhumans  police, disrupt, and transform the worlds we inhabit.

Geopolitics and Video Games

I have previously researched the relationship between geopolitics, power, and video games.


Publications

Selected publications

All publications

List by: Type | Date

Jump to: 2019 | 2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009
Number of items: 38.

2019

Shaw, I. G.R. (2019) Worlding austerity: the spatial violence of poverty. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, (Accepted for Publication)

Hitchen, E. and Shaw, I. (2019) Intervention – “shrinking worlds: austerity and depression”. AntipodeFoundation.org, 7 Mar.

2018

Laurie, E. W. and Shaw, I. G.R. (2018) Violent conditions: The injustices of being. Political Geography, 65, pp. 8-16. (doi:10.1016/j.polgeo.2018.03.005)

Akhter, M., Roberts, S., Hall, K., Massaro, V. A. and Shaw, I. G.R. (2018) Reading Ian Shaw's Predator Empire: Drone Warfare and Full Spectrum Dominance. Political Geography, 62, pp. 216-222. (doi:10.1016/j.polgeo.2017.09.010)

2017

Shaw, I. G.R. (2017) Robot Wars: US Empire and geopolitics in the robotic age. Security Dialogue, 48(5), pp. 451-470. (doi:10.1177/0967010617713157)

Shaw, I. G.R. (2017) The great war of enclosure: securing the skies. Antipode: A Radical Journal of Geography, 49(4), pp. 883-906. (doi:10.1111/anti.12309)

Shaw, I. (2017) Policing the future city: robotic being-in-the-World. AntipodeFoundation.org, 19 May.

Shaw, I. (2017) The Interface Envelope by James Ash. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, [Book Review]

2016

Shaw, I. G.R. (2016) Predator Empire: Drone Warfare and Full Spectrum Dominance. University of Minnesota Press: Minneapolis, MN. ISBN 9780816694730

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 Wed Nov 13 19:56:33 2019 GMT.
Number of items: 38.

Articles

Shaw, I. G.R. (2019) Worlding austerity: the spatial violence of poverty. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, (Accepted for Publication)

Hitchen, E. and Shaw, I. (2019) Intervention – “shrinking worlds: austerity and depression”. AntipodeFoundation.org, 7 Mar.

Laurie, E. W. and Shaw, I. G.R. (2018) Violent conditions: The injustices of being. Political Geography, 65, pp. 8-16. (doi:10.1016/j.polgeo.2018.03.005)

Akhter, M., Roberts, S., Hall, K., Massaro, V. A. and Shaw, I. G.R. (2018) Reading Ian Shaw's Predator Empire: Drone Warfare and Full Spectrum Dominance. Political Geography, 62, pp. 216-222. (doi:10.1016/j.polgeo.2017.09.010)

Shaw, I. G.R. (2017) Robot Wars: US Empire and geopolitics in the robotic age. Security Dialogue, 48(5), pp. 451-470. (doi:10.1177/0967010617713157)

Shaw, I. G.R. (2017) The great war of enclosure: securing the skies. Antipode: A Radical Journal of Geography, 49(4), pp. 883-906. (doi:10.1111/anti.12309)

Shaw, I. (2017) Policing the future city: robotic being-in-the-World. AntipodeFoundation.org, 19 May.

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)

Books

Shaw, I. G.R. (2016) Predator Empire: Drone Warfare and Full Spectrum Dominance. University of Minnesota Press: Minneapolis, MN. ISBN 9780816694730

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. (2017) The Interface Envelope by James Ash. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, [Book Review]

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 Wed Nov 13 19:56:33 2019 GMT.

Grants

British Academy Tackling the UK's International Challenges. International Green Academy: School Gardens and Progressive Urban Ecologies. 2019-2021. (£37,604).

A major challenge UK cities face is providing fresh food, green space, and ecological diversity to deprived urban areas. How can new generations of city dwellers thrive in these increasingly stressed urban futures? School gardens embody potential to nurture socially progressive urban ecologies: spaces for experiential education, food production, wildlife, health, wellbeing, and ecological sustainability. Yet there is little geographic research on the contribution of school gardens to social and ecological remediation: can these spaces transform students, and connect to other urban communities, human and non-human? This project will build a garden in a Glasgow secondary school and “twin” it with an established school garden network in Arizona. The Glasgow garden will be designed and evaluated by a team of interdisciplinary researchers. The goal is to empower educators, connect students to their environment, produce innovative curricula, and create transformative ecologies that bridge distinct “urban biomes” in the UK and US.

 

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

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

  • 2019-.         Laurelle McVicker, School of Geographical and Earth Sciences (co-supervised with Emma Laurie).
  • 2017-.         Ben Gowland, School of Geographical and Earth Sciences (co-supervised with Lazaros Karaliotas and Dave Featherstone)
  • 2014-.         Megan Donald, School of Geographical and Earth Sciences (co-supervised with Hayden Lorimer).
  • 2013-17      Ning An, School of Geographical and Earth Sciences (co-supervised with Jo Sharp).
  • 2012-17      Ross Macgill, School of Geographical and Earth Sciences (co-supervised with Chris Philo).

MRes

  • 2018-9.       Heather Urquhart, School of Geographical and Earth Sciences.
  • 2017-8.       Rachael Punton, School of Geographical and Earth Sciences.
  • 2016-7.       Adam Ferguson, School of Geographical and Earth Sciences.
  • 2012-3.       Stacy Paull, School of Geographical and Earth Sciences. Title:"The Utopian Hive".
  • 2012-3.       Ross Macgill, School of Geographical and Earth Sciences. Title: "Deconstructing the Call of Duty: The Geopolitics of War Video Games."

Visting Masters Students

  • 2018.        Meiting Zhao. South China Normal University.
  • 2017.        Bangxing Liang. South China Normal University.
  • 2016.        Yi Ouyang. South China Normal University.

Teaching

I teach across Geography 1, 2, 3, and 4. My option courses--which can be taken in Years 3 and 4--are as follows:

  • Political Geographies of War and Security (20 credits, next taught in Spring 2021).