Stephen Graham

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Newcastle University

United Kingdom
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Stephen Graham is an academic and author who researches cities and urban life. He is Professor of Cities and Society at the Global Urban Research Unit and is based in Newcastle University's School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape. Professor Graham has a background in Geography, Planning and the Sociology of Technology. His research centres, in particular, on: (1) Vertical aspects of cities and urban life; (2) Links between cities, technology and infrastructure; (3) Urban aspects of surveillance; (4) The mediation of urban life by digital technologies; and (5) Links between security, militarisation and urban life.

English, French

Graham S. Elite avenues: Flyovers, freeways and the politics of urban mobility. City: Analysis of urban trends, culture, theory, policy, action 2018, 22(4), 527-550.

Graham S. Vertical mobilities: Confronting the politics of elevators in tall buildings and ultra-deep mining. In: Freudendal-Pedersen, M.; Kesselring, S, ed. Exploring Networked Urban Mobilities: Theories, Concepts, Ideas. London, UK: Routledge, 2018, pp.80-107.

Graham S, Baker A. Laboratories of pacification and permanent war: Israeli–US collaboration in the global making of policing. In: Sönke J; Markus-Michael M, ed. The Global Making of Policing: Postcolonial Perspectives. London: Routledge, 2016, pp.40-58.

Graham S. Vanity and violence: On the politics of skyscrapers. City: Analysts of urban trends, culture, theory, policy, action 2016, 20(5), 755-771.

Graham S. When life itself is war: The urbanization of military and security doctrine. In: Simpson, D; Jensen, V; Rubing A, ed. The City Between Freedom and Security: Contested Public Spaces in the 21st Century. Birkhäuser Verlag, 2016.

Graham S, Desai R, Mcfarlane C. De-networking the poor: Revanchist urbanism and hydrological apartheid in Mumbai. In: Coutard O; Rutherford J, ed. Beyond the Networked City: Infrastructure Reconfigurations and Urban Change in the North and South. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge, 2015, pp.114-137.

Graham S. Disruption by design: Urban infrastructure and political violence. In: Neema, F; Kudva, N, ed. Cities of the Global South Reader. London, UK: Routledge, 2014, pp.208-216.

Graham S, Kaker S. Living the Security City: Karachi's Archipelago of Enclaves. Harvard Design Magazine 2014, 37, 12-16.

Graham S. Foucault's Boomerang: the new military urbanism. 2013. Available at: ’s-boomerang-new-military-urbanism.

Nagaraj V, Graham S. Urban militarism: excluding the 'disordered' [Interview]. London:, 2011. Available at:

Graham S, ed. Disrupted Cities: When Infrastructure Fails. New York: Routledge, 2010.

Graham S. From Helmand to Merseyside: Unmanned drones and the militarisation of UK policing. Open Democracy 2010.

Graham S. Laboratories of War: surveillance and US-Israeli collaboration in war and security. In: Zureik, E; Lyon, D; Abu-Laban, Y, ed. Surveillance and Control in Israel/Palestine: Population, Territory and Power. New York: Routledge, 2010, pp.133-152.

Graham S. Cities as Battlespace: The new military urbanism. City 2009, 13(4), 383-402.

Graham S. Networked Infrastructure and the Urban Condition. In: Tim Rieniets; Jennifer Sigler, ed. Open City: Designing Coexistence. Rotterdam: Sun Publishers, 2009, pp.416.

Graham S. Splintering urbanism and urban assemblages. In: Farias, I; Bender, T, ed. Urban Assemblages: How Actor-Network Theory Changes Urban Studies. London: Routledge, 2009, pp.352.

Graham S. The urban 'battlespace'. Theory, Culture and Society 2009, 26(7-8), 278-288.

Graham S. Robowar dreams: US military technophilia and global south urbanization. City 2008, 12(1), 25-49.

Graham S. Cities and the ‘war on terror’. In: Sorkin M, ed. Indefensible Space: The Architecture of the National Insecurity State. New York: Routledge, 2007, pp.1-28.

Graham S. Imagining urban warfare: Urbanization and US military technoscience. In: Cowen D; Gilbert E, ed. War, Citizenship, Territory. London: Routledge, 2007, pp.33-56.

Graham S. Inter-City Relations and the ‘War on Terror’. In: Taylor P; Derudder B; Saey F; Witlox F, ed. Cities in Globalization: Practices, Policies and Theories. London: Routledge, 2007, pp.219-236.

Campbell D, Monk D, Graham S. Introduction to urbicide: The killing of cities?. Theory and Event 2007, 10(2).

Graham S, Thrift N. Out of order: Understanding maintenance and repair. Theory, Culture and Society 2007, 24(3), 1-25.