Damian White is head of the department of History, Philosophy, and the
Social Sciences. He is a sociologist and political theorist with
teaching and research interests in the sociology of design, architecture, and
adaptive reuse; urban and environmental sociology with a particular
interest in urban political ecology; historical and political sociology;
critical theory, urban studies and photography.
Damian gained a BA (First Class) in Political Science and American Studies
from the University of Keele, an MSc in Political Sociology and Political
Theory from Birkbeck College, University of London and a PhD in Sociology
from the University of Essex.
Damian has published four books to date: Bookchin-A Critical Appraisal (Pluto
Press, UK/University of Michigan Press USA, 2008), Technonatures:
Environments, Technologies, Spaces and Places in the Twenty-First
Laurier Press, 2009), Autonomy, Solidarity, Possibility: The Colin Ward
Reader (AK Press, 2011). The Environment, Nature and Social Theory:
Hybrid Approaches (Palgrave Macmillian, 2015) - with Alan Rudy and Brian
He is presently working on The Future by Design: A History and Sociology
of Design Utopianism and Design Futurism, which is under contract with
Damian is on the editorial board of Design Philosophy Papers and has been a
guest editor of Science as Culture and InTAR:Journal of Adaptive Reuse. He
has lectured widely on these topics in North and South America, Europe and
South East Asia. He is the winner of the Edna Schaffer Humanist Award
(2008) and the John.R.Frazier Award for excellence in teaching (2012).
Academic research/ areas of interest
- Environmental Sociology, Socio-Natural Hybridity, Green Urbanism and Urban
- Critical Social Theory: especially Bookchin, Lefebvre, Harvey, Ward,
- The Sociology of Design and the Sociology of Adaptive Reuse.
- Design, architecture, public space and radical/participatory/republican
- Critical Design Studies.
- Theories of the state and modernization. Ecological modernization.
- Futures, Futurology and Futurism.