History, Philosophy + the Social Sciences

Faculty

Damian White

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 Century (Wilfred 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 Gareau.

He is presently working on The Future by Design: A History and Sociology of Design Utopianism and Design Futurism, which is under contract with Berg.

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
    Political Ecology.
  • Critical Social Theory: especially Bookchin, Lefebvre, Harvey, Ward,
    Latour, Haraway.
  • The Sociology of Design and the Sociology of Adaptive Reuse.
  • Design, architecture, public space and radical/participatory/republican
    democracy.
  • Critical Design Studies.
  • Theories of the state and modernization. Ecological modernization.
  • Futures, Futurology and Futurism.