Damian White

Damian White 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.

White 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.

White 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 a book called Climate Futures and the Just Transition.

White 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
  • Critical Design Studies.
  • Theories of the state and modernization. Ecological modernization.
  • Futures, Futurology and Futurism.

Fall 2018 Courses

  • HPSS-S487-01 Climate Futures and A Sociology Of The Just Transition


Apparel Design Architecture Ceramics Digital + Media Film / Animation / Video Furniture Design Glass Graphic Design History, Philosophy + the Social Sciences Illustration Industrial Design Interior Architecture Jewelry + Metalsmithing Landscape Architecture Literary Arts + Studies Painting Photography Printmaking Sculpture Teaching + Learning in Art + Design Textiles Theory + History of Art + Design