Scott Sharpe is a geographer in the School of Physical, Environmental & Mathematical Sciences at UNSW Canberra.
Scott obtained a BA (Hons) and University Medal in Human Geography in 1995 and a PhD with the Vice-Chancellor’s Commendation in Human Geography in 2002 from Macquarie University, Australia. He joined UNSW Canberra in 2004.
Scott is a cultural geographer with a strong background in social and cultural theory and particularly in poststructural tenets of thought. His research investigates the relationship between thinking, the unconscious, space, matter and politics. He has published widely on alternative means of political action and particularly non-cognitivist modes of affecting social, cultural and political change, such as humour, bodily habits, movement, sense and affect. He has brought his work to bear on a wide variety of societal problems and issues: racism and anti-racism; alternative means of mobility and active transport; the acquisition of habits.
His theoretical influences include Gilles Deleuze, Hannah Arendt, Freidrich Nietzsche, Felix Guattari, Helmuth Plessner, Felix Ravaisson, Georges Bataille, Henri Bergson, Maurizzio Lazzarato, Baruch Spinoza and Gottfried Willhelm Leibniz.
His work has been published in Angelaki; Environment and Planning D; Cultural Geographies; Geographical Research; Parallax; Continuum; Ethnic and Racial Studies; and Rethinking Marxism.
Scott is a founding member of The Difference Laboratory (with Maria Hynes, ANU and JD Dewsbury, University of Bristol) which is a collaborative network of researchers from UNSW Canberra, the Australian National University and University of Bristol.