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Dr Johan Andersson

Dr Johan Andersson


Tel: +44 (0)20 7848 2625  

Department of Geography 
King's College London 
Office: Bush House North East Wing, Room 6.15 





Johan has an interdisciplinary background in the humanities and social sciences with a first degree in comparative literature and art history from Stockholm University (2000) and a PhD in urban studies from University College London (2008). After completing the PhD, he have been Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Leeds and Visiting Scholar at the Graduate Center, City University New York. In 2013, he joined the Department of Geography at King’s.

Research interests
  • Urban and cultural geography with regards to issues of identity and representation
  • Queer urban culture
  • Social identities in relation to religion, race, gender and sexuality
  • Cinema and the city

Johan's research interests span urban, cultural and social geography and fall broadly into three main themes: the first – urban queer culture – originates from his PhD, which examined London’s rapidly reconfiguring queer geography in the broader context of entrepreneurial urban governance and new forms of sexual citizenship. A specific focus of this research concerns the valorisation of certain forms of sexual identity in the neoliberal city and the parallel eviction of cultures less prone to commodification.

The second strand of his research consists of collaborative work in the field of geographies of religion and has focused in particular on the transnational debates over homosexuality in the worldwide Anglican Communion.

Finally, the third and most recent of his research interests concerns questions of cultural representation and political economy. This area of interest, which will form a major part of his research agenda in the next few years, has a specific focus on the interplay between urban change and aesthetic innovations in cinema.

PhD supervision

Johan welcomes PhD applications broadly in the field of urban studies, but he has specific expertise in queer geographies and urban cinema.

Current PhD students

James Field 
The operation and occupation of neoliberal urban public space: a comparison of Canary Wharf, London and Potzdamer Platz, Berlin

Sebastian Schlueter 
Multi-religious Publics: A Comparative Study of the Dialectics between the Secular and the Sacred in Hackney (London) and Neukoelln (Berlin).

  • 4SSG1008 Geography Tutorials: On this module, there are small group activities and discuss particular readings.

  • 5SSG2048 Methods in Human Geography: Johan's contribution to the methods training draws specifically on approaches from the humanities including visual and textual methods.

  • 5SSG2056 Urban and Cultural Geography: Society, Space and Culture: This is the core course in the second year Cultural and Urban Geography stream. It takes a predominantly cultural approach to the study of cities and draws on a range of artistic sources (cinema, literature, art and music for example) to analyse urban change since the 1850s. Specific emphasis is placed on how identity categories such as class, gender, race and sexuality inform cultural and urban landscapes and students will be introduced to theoretical perspectives such as Marxism, feminism, queer and postcolonial theories. 

  • 5SSG2047 San Francisco fieldtrip: On this fieldtrip Johan leads one of the group projects which focuses on enclave politics in San Francisco.

  • 5SSG2053 Principles of Geographical Inquiry II: The tutorials which Johan teaches on this module help the students to define an appropriate IGS topic.

  • 6SSG3074 Hollywood and the Postindustrial City: This course explores how the economic reorganisation of the city since the late 1960s has impacted on the production, distribution, and aesthetics of Hollywood cinema. A key aim throughout the module is to conduct close readings of individual films or genres that explore the changing occupational class structure of postindustrial cities (yuppie, ghetto and gentrification films as well as corporate and legal thrillers for example) or the identity politics associated with new urban social movements (feminist cinema, New Queer Cinema, representations of race).

  • 6SSG3061 Current Research in Geography: These eminars provide a brief introduction to queer theory.

  • DTC KISS202 Queer Theory: This is an interactive short course in queer theory for PhD students.


For a full list of Johan's publications, please see his research profile.

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