Dr Bradley Garrett

F09 - Madsen Building
The University of Sydney

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Biographical details

Brad is a University of Sydney Research Fellow based in the School of Geosciences and the Sydney Environment Institute.

His first book, Explore Everything: Place-Hacking the City (Verso Books 2013), is an ethnography of urban exploration. Over the course half-a-decade, Brad joined explorers as they trespassed into ruins, tunnels and skyscrapers across Europe and North America. The book poses timely questions about the nature of heritage, the importance of infrastructure, the changing role of community in urban environments and, finally, about our 'rights to the city' in late-stage capitalism. Explore Everything has been translated into Korean and Japanese and is currently being scripted into a feature-length film in Los Angeles.

Brad has also co-edited three books. Subterranean London: Cracking the Capital (Prestel/Random House 2014), is a photographic dissection of what lies underneath the streets of the UK's capital. London Rising: Illicit Photos from the City’s Heights (Prestel/Random House 2016), documents the social, infrastructural and corporate verticalities of the city. Lastly, for Global Undergrounds: Exploring Cities Within (Reaktion 2016), Garrett commissioned 30 authors to write about 80 subterranean locations across the globe.

Research interests

As a reformed archaeologist, all of Brad's past, current and future projects are attempts to reveal hidden, overlooked and forgotten environments, places and histories.

Where once this sensibility had more material undertones (expressed through terrestrial, maritime and archival excavation), more often now he traces immaterial trajectories through ethnographic immersion in subcultures involved in diverse forms of world-building and meaning-generation. Brad is an advocate for, and practitioner of, 'experimental' or 'creative' geographies, where ethnographic stories are traced through more-than-textual audio/visual methodologies.

With supplementary research interests in cities, infrastructure, politics and public space, Brad's work spans the range of social and cultural geography, and often takes flight from the discipline entirely.

Teaching and supervision

Dr Garrett is not currently taking on additional research students. Current PhD supervision includes:

  • Thomas Dekeyser, Cultural Geography, Distorting Space: Subvertising and the re-engineering of Affect, University of Southampton (scheduled 2019 completion).
  • Carlos Garrandés, Maritime Archaeology, The Role of the Whaleboat in the Maintenance of a Maritime Ontology in the Azores, University of Southampton (scheduled 2018 completion).
  • Simon Robinson, Photography, Archipelagos of Interstial Ground: Investigating Edgelands in the UK through Photographic Practice, University of the Arts London (scheduled 2017 completion).

Current projects

Brad is currently at work a book entitled Bunker: the Architecture of Dread, scheduled to be published in 2019 by Penguin in the UK/Commonwealth and Scribner in the USA. The book in based on ethnographic immersion with communities preparing for the apocalypse.

Associations

University of Southampton (UK), Visiting Academic

Awards and honours

2017-2020 – University of Sydney Fellowship

2016 – Centre for Mobilities Research 2016/2017 visiting fellowship, Lancaster University, UK

2016 –Urbanist-in-Residence, 4Cities MA programme, University of Vienna, Austria

2015 – Outstanding Early Career Alumni for the College of Arts, Society and Education, James Cook University, Australia

2012-2014 – Postdoctoral Fellowship, School of Geography and Environment, University of Oxford, UK

In the media

Dr Garrett’s work has been featured in media outlets around the world, including Time Magazine and the History Channel in the USA, Conversations on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and on Channel 4 and the BBC in the UK (where he is a regular contributor).

He has been an invited speaker at over a hundred venues includingThe Festival of Dangerous Ideas at the Sydney Opera House, the Google Zeitgeist annual summit in the USA, and at the Tate Modern and Barbican galleries in the UK.

Brad writes for several newspapers and magazines, including Guardian Cities, where he pens a sporadic column about public space and Resurgence and Ecologist, to which he is a regular contributor. His urban landscape photography has been published in a wide range of international periodicals incluidng GQ, National Geographic, and Wired.

Selected grants

2017

  • Preppers: Defending Against Anticipated Environmental Collapse; Garrett B; DVC Research/Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Scheme.

Selected publications

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Books

  • Dobraszczyk, P., Lopez Galviz, C., Garrett, B. (2016). Global Undergrounds: Exploring Cities Within. London: Reaktion Books.
  • Garrett, B., Moss, A., Cadman, S. (2016). London Rising: Illicit Photos from the City's Heights. London: Prestel Publishing.
  • Garrett, B. (2015). Subterranean London: Cracking the Capital. London: Prestel Publishing.
  • Garrett, B. (2013). Explore Everything: Place-Hacking the City. London: Verso.

Book Chapters

  • Garrett, B., McCosker, A. (2017). Non-human Sensing: New Methodologies for the Drone Assemblage. In Gómez Cruz, Edgar, Sumartojo, Shanti, Pink, Sarah (Eds.), Refiguring Techniques in Digital Visual Research. UK: Palgrave Macmillan.

Journals

  • Dixon, S., Viles, H., Garrett, B. (2017). Ozymandias in the Anthropocene: the city as an emerging landform. The Royal Geographical Society. [More Information]
  • Garrett, B. (2016). Picturing urban subterranea: Embodied aesthetics of London�s sewers. Environment and Planning A, 48(10), 1948-1966. [More Information]
  • Kindynis, T., Garrett, B. (2015). Entering the Maze: Space, time and exclusion in an abandoned Northern Ireland prison. Crime, Media, Culture: an international journal, 11(1), 5-20. [More Information]
  • Dekeyser, T., Garrett, B. (2015). Last Breath: unofficial pre-demolition celebrations. Cultural Geographies, 22(4), 723-730. [More Information]
  • Garrett, B., Brickelle, K. (2015). Participatory politics of partnership: Video workshops on domestic violence in Cambodia. Area, 47(3), 230-236. [More Information]
  • Brickelle, K., Garrett, B. (2015). Storytelling domestic violence: Feminist politics of participatory video in Cambodia. ACME: An International E-Journal for Critical Geographies, 14(3), 928-953.
  • Garrett, B. (2014). Undertaking recreational trespass: Urban exploration and infiltration. Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, 39(1), 1-13. [More Information]
  • Anton, M., Garrett, B., Hess, A., Miles, E., Moreau, T. (2013). London's Olympic Waterscape: Capturing transition. International Journal of Heritage Studies, 19(2), 125-138. [More Information]
  • Garrett, B. (2011). Assaying history: Creating temporal junctions through urban exploration. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, 29(6), 1048-1067. [More Information]
  • Garrett, B. (2011). Cracking the Paris Carri�res: Corporal terror and illicit encounter under the city of light. ACME: An International E-Journal for Critical Geographies, 10(2), 269-277.
  • Garrett, B. (2011). Ruins of modernity. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, 29(2), 378-380. [More Information]
  • Garrett, B. (2010). Videographic geographies: Using digital video for geographic research. Progress in Human Geography, 35(4), 521-541. [More Information]

2017

  • Garrett, B., McCosker, A. (2017). Non-human Sensing: New Methodologies for the Drone Assemblage. In Gómez Cruz, Edgar, Sumartojo, Shanti, Pink, Sarah (Eds.), Refiguring Techniques in Digital Visual Research. UK: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Dixon, S., Viles, H., Garrett, B. (2017). Ozymandias in the Anthropocene: the city as an emerging landform. The Royal Geographical Society. [More Information]

2016

  • Dobraszczyk, P., Lopez Galviz, C., Garrett, B. (2016). Global Undergrounds: Exploring Cities Within. London: Reaktion Books.
  • Garrett, B., Moss, A., Cadman, S. (2016). London Rising: Illicit Photos from the City's Heights. London: Prestel Publishing.
  • Garrett, B. (2016). Picturing urban subterranea: Embodied aesthetics of London�s sewers. Environment and Planning A, 48(10), 1948-1966. [More Information]

2015

  • Kindynis, T., Garrett, B. (2015). Entering the Maze: Space, time and exclusion in an abandoned Northern Ireland prison. Crime, Media, Culture: an international journal, 11(1), 5-20. [More Information]
  • Dekeyser, T., Garrett, B. (2015). Last Breath: unofficial pre-demolition celebrations. Cultural Geographies, 22(4), 723-730. [More Information]
  • Garrett, B., Brickelle, K. (2015). Participatory politics of partnership: Video workshops on domestic violence in Cambodia. Area, 47(3), 230-236. [More Information]
  • Brickelle, K., Garrett, B. (2015). Storytelling domestic violence: Feminist politics of participatory video in Cambodia. ACME: An International E-Journal for Critical Geographies, 14(3), 928-953.
  • Garrett, B. (2015). Subterranean London: Cracking the Capital. London: Prestel Publishing.

2014

  • Garrett, B. (2014). Undertaking recreational trespass: Urban exploration and infiltration. Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, 39(1), 1-13. [More Information]

2013

  • Garrett, B. (2013). Explore Everything: Place-Hacking the City. London: Verso.
  • Anton, M., Garrett, B., Hess, A., Miles, E., Moreau, T. (2013). London's Olympic Waterscape: Capturing transition. International Journal of Heritage Studies, 19(2), 125-138. [More Information]

2011

  • Garrett, B. (2011). Assaying history: Creating temporal junctions through urban exploration. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, 29(6), 1048-1067. [More Information]
  • Garrett, B. (2011). Cracking the Paris Carri�res: Corporal terror and illicit encounter under the city of light. ACME: An International E-Journal for Critical Geographies, 10(2), 269-277.
  • Garrett, B. (2011). Ruins of modernity. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, 29(2), 378-380. [More Information]

2010

  • Garrett, B. (2010). Videographic geographies: Using digital video for geographic research. Progress in Human Geography, 35(4), 521-541. [More Information]

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