Ian Shaw

About Ian Shaw

My research interests span three main areas: (1) ontology and politics – especially as read through the philosophy of Alain Badiou and Graham Harman; (2) the intersections between politics and popular culture, notably in video games; (3) the spatialities and politics of U.S.-led drone warfare and robotics.

Areas of Study

Political and cultural geography

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Ian Shaw, Majed Akhter, ‘The Unbearable Humanness of Drone Warfare in FATA, Pakistan’ (forthcoming in Antipode)

Ian Shaw, 2010, ‘Playing War’, Social and Cultural Geography 11(8): 789–803

Ian Shaw, Paul Robbins, John Paul Jones III, 2010, ‘A Bug’s Life and the Spatial Ontologies of Mosquito Management’, The Annals of the Association of American Geographers 100(2): 373–392

Ian Shaw, 2010, ‘Sites, Truths, and the Logics of Worlds: Alain Badiou and Human Geography’, Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers 35(3): 431–442

Ian Shaw, 2010, ‘WALL-E’s World: Animating Badiou’s Philosophy’, Cultural Geographies 17(3): 391–405

Ian Shaw, Barney Warf, 2010, ‘Worlds of Affect: Virtual Geographies of Video Games’, Environment and Planning A 41(6): 1332–1343


Book Chapters

Ian Shaw, Deborah Dixon, John Paul Jones III, 2010, ‘Theory and Methodology’, in Gomez, B. and Jones III, J. P. (eds), Research Methods in Geography: A First Course. Oxford: Blackwell, pp. 9–25

Ian Shaw, 2010, ‘Assembling Video Game Worlds’, in Brunn, S. (ed), Engineering Earth: The Impacts of Megaengineering Projects, New York: Springer, in press


Other Publications

Ian Shaw, 2011, ‘Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Timeline’, in Marston, S., Knox, P., Liverman, D., Robbins, P., and Del Casino, V. World Regions in Global Context: Peoples, Places, and Environments, Upper Saddle River, N.J.: Pearson Prentice Hall, pp. 144–145

Ian Shaw, 2010, ‘Peak Oil’ in Knox, P. and Marston, S. Places and Regions in Global Context: Human Geography. 5th Edition. Upper Saddle River, N.J.: Pearson Prentice Hall, pp. 152–153

 Ian Shaw, 2010, ‘Video Games and Geography’, entry in Warf, B. (ed), Encyclopedia of Geography, Thousand Oaks: Sage Publications, pp. 3015–3016

Ian Shaw, 2010, ‘Non-representational Theory’, entry in Warf, B. (ed), Encyclopedia of Geography, Thousand Oaks: Sage Publications, pp. 2041–2042 

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Contact Information

Ian Shaw
Postdoctoral Research Associate-University of Glasgow

Dissertation Title

The Spatial Politics of Drone Warfare

Courses Taught

Cultural Geography 340