Doreen Massey

Doreen Massey

See also: Doreen Massey in memoriam

Doreen Massey (3 January 1944 – 11 March 2016) was a geographer, theorist and political activist. She was widely renowned for her work on globalisation, cities and reconceptualisation of place. Her sophisticated yet lucid and accessible work on spatial divisions of labour, on how place is gendered, and on the complexities of space were influential across the social sciences and humanities, beyond her home discipline of geography, where she was awarded the Prix Vautrin Lud (‘the Nobel Prize for Geography’) in 1998. Whilst Doreen’s work often focused on theorising changes in contemporary western capitalist society, this was always produced through an analysis of wider global ‘geometries of power’; and she also worked in Nicaragua, South Africa and Venezuela as well as the Open University in the UK, the base for her academic career. Her extensive political activity beyond academia included work with the Greater London Council, the Centre for Environmental Studies (CES) the think tank CLASS and the environmental justice group Platform, as well as engaging with Occupy and on creative work with Patrick Keiller for the film Robinson in Ruins.

She co-founded Soundings: A Journal of Politics and Culture in 1995 with Michael Rustin and Stuart Hall, and her many writings from the journal can be found on the links below, as well as the full text of the Kilburn Manifesto, which she co-edited with Rustin and Hall.