Foto af David Pinder
  • Universitetsvej 1, 02

    DK-4000 Roskilde


1994 …2021
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Personlig profil


My interests lie in urban studies, geography, planning and critical theory. My research explores how urban spaces are socially produced, imagined, performed and contested, and it is concerned in particular with the possibilities of urban society and life, and with how these can be reimagined and reconstituted within and against processes of capitalist urbanisation.

One of my key aims has been to rethink and revitalise the concept of utopia for studies of urbanism and urban futures, especially through addressing twentieth-century modernist and avant-garde movements as well as critical urban theory (including through my book Visions of the City). That has involved engaging with the ideas and practices of the situationists among others, and with exploring the significance of their legacies today.

Other current research projects are on art, performance and spatial politics, and on artistic practices as means of exploring and intervening in cities. That includes through developing my long-standing interests in psychogeography, radical cartographies, walking and sound art. Among my publications in this area are a guest edited issue of Cultural Geographies on 'Arts of urban exploration', and more recently a co-edited issue of Performance Research 'On drifting' (with Carl Lavery and Marielle Pelissero, 2018 in press).

I am further working on ephemeral and nomadic urbanism, in relation to which I have written on the politics of mobile and temporary architectures with reference to Archigram, Yona Friedman and others. In addition I am part of a Velux-funded project headed by my colleague Mikkel Bille on Living with Nordic Lighting (2018-21), which includes theoretical and methodological exploration of urban atmospheres.

I am on the editorial boards of the journals Cultural GeographiesPerformance Matters and Nuart. See also my profile at:



I joined RUC in August 2015, having previously taught at Queen Mary University of London for sixteen years. My BA and PhD were both in Geography from the University of Cambridge, after which I taught at the University of Southampton for four years. I have held visiting research positions at Princeton University (at the Shelby Cullom Davis Center for Historical Studies) and at CUNY Graduate Centre in New York (at the Center for Place, Culture and Politics), and I was previously a Velux Visiting Professor at RUC in 2011.


Forsknings- og undervisningsinformation

I currently teach on a number of Masters programmes at RUC: Geografi; Plan, By og Proces; and Spatial Designs and Society. I also teach on the International Bachelor Study Programme in Social Sciences, especially through courses on 'Philosophy of social science' and 'Planning, space and resources'.

I am interested in supervising projects on urban and cultural questions relating to my interests outlined above. To date I have supervised 15 PhD students to successful completion, and I am currently supervising four more. I welcome interest from prospective doctoral students and postdoctoral researchers in areas of the social sciences and humanities relating to my own.


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Publikationer 1994 2018

On Drifting

Pinder, D. (red.), Lavery, C. (red.) & Pelissero, M. (red.), 2018, (Accepteret/In press) (Performance Research; Nr. 8, Bind 23).

Publikation: Bog/antologi/afhandling/rapportAntologiForskningpeer review

Revealing Roads: The Spectral Sounds of Motorways

Pinder, D., 2018, Envisioning Networked Urban Mobilities : Art, Performances, Impacts. Kjærulff, A., Kesselring, S., Peters, P. & Hannam, K. (red.). London: Routledge, s. 48-62 (Networked Urban Mobilities Series, Bind 3).

Publikation: Bidrag til bog/antologi/rapportBidrag til bog/antologiForskningpeer review

Revolutionary times and spaces

Pinder, D., 2018, I : Geografiska Annaler. Series B. Human Geography. 100, 1, s. 12-17

Publikation: Bidrag til tidsskriftKommentar/debatForskning

Transforming Cities: On the Passage of Situationist Dérive

Pinder, D., 2018, (Accepteret/In press) I : Performance Research. 23, 8

Publikation: Bidrag til tidsskriftTidsskriftartikelForskningpeer review

Henri Lefebvre

Pinder, D., 17 jun. 2017, Key Thinkers on Cities. Koch, R. & Latham, A. (red.). London: SAGE Publications, s. 153-158 6 s.

Publikation: Bidrag til bog/antologi/rapportBidrag til bog/antologiForskningpeer review

Projekter 2018 2021

Living with Nordic Lighting

Bille, M., Pinder, D., Schwabe, S. & Hauge, B.


Projekter: Forskning

Urban Creativity

Pinder, D.


Projekter: Forskning

Aktiviteter 2015 2018

Arts of the urban (im)possible: utopia, imagination and urban futures

Pinder, D. (Oplægsholder)
9 aug. 2018

Aktivitet: Tale eller præsentationForedrag og mundtlige bidrag

Instant urbanism: the politics of temporary and mobile architectures

Pinder, D. (Oplægsholder)
22 mar. 201824 mar. 2018

Aktivitet: Tale eller præsentationForedrag og mundtlige bidrag

Critical cartographies and mapping cities otherwise

Pinder, D. (Oplægsholder)
7 maj 20188 maj 2018

Aktivitet: Tale eller præsentationForedrag og mundtlige bidrag

Utopia and reclaiming urban futures

Pinder, D. (Oplægsholder)
27 jun. 2018

Aktivitet: Tale eller præsentationForedrag og mundtlige bidrag

Thinking Spatially: Cities, Nature and Society

Pinder, D. (Arrangør), Guy Baeten (Arrangør), Louise Fabian (Arrangør), Anders Lund Hansen (Arrangør), Simonsen, K. (Arrangør)
3 dec. 20187 dec. 2018

Aktivitet: Deltagelse i eller arrangering af en begivenhedOrganisation og deltagelse i konference