Mark Kear

About Mark Kear

My work explores the variegated landscape of post-credit-crunch experimentation in non-prime financial institutional development and subject formation through financial education and coaching. I use a variety of methods in my research including participant observation, and other qualitative research techniques (e.g. interviews, surveys, textual analysis). 

Research Interests

Financial Geography, Urban Geography, Ethnography, Urban Poverty, Financial Exclusion, Financial Literacy, Financial Empowerment, Governmentality, Biopolitics, Credit and Debt, Personal/Consumer Finance, Financial Regulation, Payment Systems

Selected Publications


Kear M (2018) "Innovating and improvising the social contract in the US financial borderscape." Journal of Cultural Economy (review essay).

Kear M (2017) "Playing the credit score game: Algorithms, ‘positive’ data, and the personification of financial objects." Economy and Society.

Kear M (2017) "The Marketsite." Economic Geography.

Kear M (2016) "Peer Lending and the Subsumption of the Informal." Journal of Cultural Economy. 9(3), 261-276

Kear M (2014) “The Scale Effects of Financialization: the Fair Credit Reporting Act and the Production of Financial Space and Subjects.” Geoforum. 57: 99-109.

Kear M (2013) “Governing Homo Subprimicus: Beyond Financial Citizenship, Exclusion, and Rights.” Antipode. 45(4): 926-946.

Kear M (2007) “Spaces of Transition, Spaces of Tomorrow: Making a Sustainable Future in Southeast False Creek, Vancouver.” Cities: The International Journal of Urban Policy and Planning. 24(4): 324-334.


Kear M (2015) “Debtfare States and the Poverty Industry: Money, Discipline and the Surplus Population.” By Susanne Soederberg, Antipode.

Kear M (2014) “Banking Across Boundaries: Placing Finance in Capitalism.” By Brett Christophers, AAG Review of Books. 2(4).

Kear M (2012) “Hard Choices: Financial Exclusion, Fringe Banks and Poverty in Urban Canada” By Jerry Buckland, Canadian Journal of Urban Research.

Kear M (2012) Review Essay: "Debt -- The First 5000 Years and The Bonds of Debt” by David Graeber and "The Bonds of Debt" by Richard Dienst. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space.

Kear M (2011) "How It Works: Recovering Citizens in Post-Welfare Philadelphia” by Robert P. Fairbanks II. Antipode. 43(5): 1946–1949.

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Contact Information

Mark Kear
Assistant Professor
Telephone: 520-621-1021
Office: ENR2 S515
Office Hours: Friday 1 to 3 or by appointment