Nigel Thrift

Sir Nigel Thrift is one of the world’s pre-eminent human geographers and social scientists. After holding many prestigious academic posts at institutions including the Universities of Bristol and Oxford, he was latterly the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Warwick. He is well known for his work on global finance, the social construction and economic dynamics of space, and temporality. He was instrumental in developing ‘non-representational theory’, which emphasizes the need to transcend the epistemological priority of representational thought. He has also conducted pioneering research on urban studies, and his work with Ash Amin has sought to re-think the nature of the city, seeing it as a tangle of networks built up from the agency of countless actors, both human and non-human. This approach is outlined in his two co-authored books with Polity, Cities: Reimagining the Urban and Seeing Like a City (both with Ash Amin).