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  • Universitetsvej 1, 02

    DK-4000 Roskilde


1994 …2023

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Personal profile


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 special issue of Performance Research 'On drifting' (with Carl Lavery and Marielle Pelissero, 2018).

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 Geographies, Performance 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), at CUNY Graduate Centre in New York (at the Center for Place, Culture and Politics), and at the Pufendorf Institute for Advanced Studies at Lund University. I was also previously a Velux Visiting Professor at RUC in 2011.



My current teaching is in urban studies, planning, geography and interdisciplinary social science. With colleagues I am co-ordinating a new international masters in Nordic Urban Planning Studies (joint between Roskilde, Malmö and Tromsø Universities), starting in autumn 2019. I also teach on masters programmes in Geography; Planning Studies (Plan, By og Proces), and Spatial Designs and Society. I further contribute to 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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Research Output

Situationism / Situationist City

Pinder, D., 2020, International Encyclopedia of Human Geography. Kobayashi, A. (ed.). 2 ed. Amsterdam: Elsevier, Vol. 12. p. 219-225 6 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingEncyclopedia chapterResearchpeer-review


Pinder, D., 2020, International Encyclopedia of Human Geography. Kobayashi, A. (ed.). 2 ed. Amsterdam: Elsevier, Vol. 13. p. 139-145 6 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingEncyclopedia chapterResearchpeer-review

On Drifting

Lavery, C. (ed.), Pelissero, M. (ed.) & Pinder, D. (ed.), 31 Dec 2018, Routledge. 146 p. (Performance Research: a journal of the performing arts; No. 7, Vol. 23).

Research output: Book/ReportAnthologyResearchpeer-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. (eds.). London: Routledge, p. 48-62 (Networked Urban Mobilities Series, Vol. 3).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapterResearchpeer-review

Revolutionary times and spaces

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

Research output: Contribution to journalComment/debateResearch


Spatial Justice in the 21st Century Urban-Rural Land Regime: Revisiting Allmänningar and Stråk

Pinder, D., Grundström, K., Parker, P., Larsson, A., Wendt, C. & Grander, M.


Project: Research

Living with Nordic Lighting

Bille, M., Pinder, D., Schwabe, S., Stenslund, A., Payne-Frank, J. H., Hauge, B. & Lerche Klaaborg, I.


Project: Research

Urban Creativity

Pinder, D.


Project: Research


Malmö Högskola (External organisation)

David Pinder (Member)

1 Feb 201931 May 2019

Activity: MembershipMembership in review committee

Welfare city or wealth city?

David Pinder (Speaker)

19 Sep 2019

Activity: Talk or presentationLecture and oral contribution

Another space for another life: the dialectical utopianism of Henri Lefebvre

David Pinder (Speaker)

28 Oct 2019

Activity: Talk or presentationLecture and oral contribution

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

David Pinder (Speaker)

5 Aug 2019

Activity: Talk or presentationLecture and oral contribution

Utopian urbanism

David Pinder (Participant)

10 May 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

Press / Media

Ütopya ve şehir: David Pinder ile söyleşi

David Pinder


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Press / Media

A Map Worth Glancing At: A Conversation on Utopias with David Pinder

David Pinder


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Press / Media