Simon Springer


• Professor • Radical Geographer • Cambodia Watcher • Anarchist • Metalhead • Atheist • Vegan • Pacifist • Straight Edge • Unschooler • Super Dad •

"I wondered if the author, Simon Springer, really existed. That’s the kind of name you’d make up for a comic novel. But yes, he’s real, and he’s spectacular" - Steven Hayward, Ronald Reagan Professor of Public Policy, Pepperdine University

simonspringer [at] gmail.com


I am Professor of Human Geography and Director of the Centre for Urban and Regional Studies at the University of Newcastle, Australia. 

Previously I was Professor (July 2018-Nov 2018), Associate Professor (July 2015-June 2018), and Assistant Professor (July 2012-June 2015) at the University of Victoria, Canada, Lecturer (Dec 2010-June 2012) at the University of Otago, New Zealand, and Assistant Professor  (July 2009-Dec 2010) at the National University of Singapore.


ACME: An International Journal for Critical Geographies


Journal edited by Simon Springer (Managing Editor), May Farrales (Assistant Editor), John Paul Catungal, Sarah de Leeuw, Levi Gahman, Jen Jack Gieseking, Myriam Houssay-Holzschuch, Marieke Krijnen, Marcela Palomino-Schalscha, Marcella Schmidt di Friedberg, Claudia Villegas, Luna Vives, Sean Wang 

ACME is an international journal for critical analyses of the social, the spatial, and the political. Our underlying purpose is to make radical work accessible for free. We set no subscription fee, we do not publish for profit, and no ACME Editors receive any compensation for their labour. We note this not in self-righteousness, but as a way to foreground the practice of collective work and mutual aid. The journal's purpose is to provide a forum for the publication of critical work about space and place in the social sciences — including anarchist, anti-racist, autonomist, decolonial, environmentalist, feminist, Marxist, non-representational, postcolonial, poststructuralist, queer, situationist, and socialist perspectives. Analyses that are critical are understood to be part of the praxis of social and political change aimed at challenging, dismantling, and transforming prevalent relations, systems, and structures of colonialism, exploitation, oppression, imperialism, national aggression, environmental destruction, and neoliberalism.

Transforming Capitalism


Series edited by Ian Bruff (Managing Editor), Julie Cupples, Gemma Edwards, Laura Horn, Simon Springer and Jacqui True

This book series provides a platform for the publication of path-breaking and interdisciplinary scholarship which seeks to understand and critique capitalism along four key lines: crisis, development, inequality, and resistance. Through this approach the series alerts us to how capitalism is always evolving and hints at how we could also transform capitalism itself through our own actions.

Transforming Capitalism is rooted in the vibrant, broad and pluralistic debates spanning a range of approaches in a number of fields and disciplines. As such, it will appeal to scholars working in sociology, geography, cultural studies, international studies, development, social theory, politics, labour and welfare studies, economics, anthropology, law, and more. It publishes books, in the form of monographs, edited volumes and occasional translations of essential works, which address numerous topics and issues rooted in these debates and literatures. The series has at its core the assumption that the world is in various states of transformation, and that these transformations may build upon earlier paths of change and conflict while also potentially producing new forms of crisis, development, inequality, and resistance. The terms crisis, development, inequality, and resistance can be interpreted in a range of ways, and we are interested in publishing creative and innovative monographs across a range of fields, topics, and perspectives.


When I say "Anarchism" you hear "Chaos, Violence, Mayhem." 

When I say "Anarchism" I mean "Cooperation, Voluntary Association, Mutual Aid."

Curriculum Vitae

Springer, S. Curriculum Vitae (pdf)