Dr Richard Smith

Associate Professor, Geography
Academic Office - 215
Second Floor
Wallace Building
Singleton Campus
Available For Postgraduate Supervision
Media Commentator


Educated at University of Hull (BA Hons, Geography 1st class) and University of Bristol (PhD, supervised by Sir Nigel Thrift (Awarded Phyllis Mary Morris scholarship & ESRC studentship)).

Extensive international knowledge and experience having visited more than 100 countries and presented research and thinking at more than 50 international conferences, universities, and public events. He has conducted research in the UK, France, Netherlands, Singapore, USA, Canada, and Brazil. Over 100 publications having written predominantly on world cities, global cities, urban networks, structuralism, poststructuralism, human geography, and Jean Baudrillard.

At Swansea: Co-Director of the Centre for Urban Theory (CUT); Member of EPSRC Networks Research Group; Course Director for the MSc by Research in Urban Studies; Lead supervisor for PhD student cluster on the topic of 'Smart Cities'.

External Positions: Elected Fellow of The Royal Geographical Society (with The Institute of British Geographers); Editor of the International Journal of Baudrillard Studies; Member of the National Suicide Prevention Alliance.

Areas Of Expertise

  • The Future of Cities
  • The Business of Cities
  • Global Cities
  • Urban Studies
  • Poststructuralism
  • Baudrillard Studies

Career Highlights

Teaching Interests
New York Fieldtrip (2003)

I have an active and inclusive approach to teaching blending contemporary theory with practice to promote tangible skills development and employability at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. I have created and continue to develop modules in exciting contemporary areas relating to global cities. I am an advocate of authentic assessment and active pedagogy in my teaching and strive to help students apply and prepare for future careers in global cities and international financial centres.

My teaching on Global Cities (Year 1 and Masters), New York (Year 2), and World Cities (Year 3) is research led.

Reported on extensively in the world’s print media my research is highly-cited, reprinted and translated. Content from one highly influential paper - ‘A Roster of World Cities’ (Web of Science citation >550) - features in the AQA AS/A Level Geography syllabus. Consequently, I speak about world cities to public, academic, and business audiences around the world and often incorporate these talks into my university teaching.


Research Award Highlights Collaborations

Research as Art Competition 2015, Swansea University, SURF

TEDx London Talk: 'London After Brexit', June 2017