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Professor Wendy Larner

Professor Wendy Larner

Professor Wendy Larner
BSocSci(Waik), MAHons (Cant), PhD(Carl)

Honorary Professor of Geographical Sciences

Area of research

Geographies of Political Economy

Senate House,
Tyndall Avenue, Bristol BS8 1TH
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Wendy Larner is Professor of Human Geography and Sociology, and Research Director for the Faculty of Social Sciences and Law. Her research is situated in the interdisciplinary fields of globalisation, governance and gender, and links insights from critical social theory with a strong commitment to empirical research. She challenges conventional understandings of globalisation as an inevitable ‘new reality’ by showing that it is a contested and contradictory process in the making. Relatedly, she has a long standing research interest in theorising neo-liberalism and ‘post-welfarist’ governance.  Current projects include research on neoliberalism and activism, and a forthcoming book on the New Zealand fashion industry. She is Editor of Antipode: A radical journal of geography, and Associate Editor of Social Politics: International Studies in Gender State and Society, and serves on editorial advisory boards of Progress in Human Geography, Geopolitics, and Studies in Political Economy.


Wendy Larner has degrees from the University of Waikato, New Zealand (BSocSci, Geography and Politics, 1983), Canterbury, New Zealand (MA in Geography, First Class Honours, 1989) and Carleton, Canada (PhD in Political Economy, 1997).  Her previous positions include lectureships in the Department of Geography, University of Waikato (1990-91), and the Department of Sociology, University of Auckland (Lecturer 1997-99, Senior Lecturer 2000-2003, Senior Lecturer over the Bar 2004-2005).   She was appointed Professor of Human Geography and Sociology at the University of Bristol at the beginning of 2005.  She has received a number of awards for her research including both British and Canadian Commonwealth Scholarships, a Fulbright New Zealand Senior Fellowship, and a Queen Mary Distinguished Visiting Fellowship. She has also been an invited Visiting Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the University of Kentucky and the University of Frankfurt, Germany. 


  • Globalisation
  • Governance
  • Governmentality
  • Neoliberalism

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