Geographies of Violence and Nonviolence

Prof Simon Springer; Prof Philippe Le Billon (University of British Columbia, Canada)

A geographical approach to violence expands our understanding of structural violence by linking the phenomenon of violence to neoliberalism, and by offering re-theorization of how violence is actually understood. Employing a spatio-temporal lens, research on geographies of violence and nonviolence seeks to advance a relational understanding of violent phenomena.


Springer, S. and Le Billon, P. 2020. 'Violence.' The International Encyclopedia of Human Geography. Ed-in-Chief. Kobayashi A. Amsterdam: Elsevier.

Springer, S. 2016. 'The violence of neoliberalism'. The Handbook of Neoliberalism. Eds. Springer, S., Birch, K., and MacLeavy, J. London: Routledge, pp. 153-163.

Springer, S. and Le Billon, P. Eds. 2016. Geographies of Violence. Special issue of Political Geography. 52: 1-64.

Springer, S. 2015. Violent Neoliberalism: Development, Discourse, and Dispossession in Cambodia. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Springer, S. 2015. 'Olympic violence: memory, colonialism, and the politics of place'. ACME: An International Journal for Critical Geographies. 14(2): 631-638.

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