Water Worlds and Surfing Places

My interest in Water Worlds and Surfing Places combines cultural, geographical, philosophical and natural concerns. I have published widely in this area, including policy reports, journal papers, and edited volumes. I have a contract with Routledge for a monograph which ties this work together, entitled ‘Surfing Spaces’.

I am also working with Kim Peters, Phil Steinberg and Andrew Davies in editing the Routledge Handbook of Ocean Space.

I am currently working with Lyndsey Stoodley in establishing an International Surfing Spaces Research Network including scholars from a range of universities across the globe (Cardiff University International Collaboration Grant, £8360) .

External funding has also  been generated from the Sports Council of Wales (SCW, £9,463) to investigate the participation regimes and motivations for surfing in Wales, and producing user-group reports for both SCW and Welsh Assembly Government [Surf_REPORT_Anderson].

The edited volume ‘Water Worlds: Human Geographies of the Ocean‘ (co-edited with Dr Kimberley Peters), has recently been published by Ashgate.


1. Anderson, J. Under contract. Surfing Spaces. Routledge: London & New York.

2. Anderson, J. Peters, K. eds. 2014 Water Worlds: Human Geographies of the Ocean. Ashgate: London.


Journal Papers.

3. Anderson, J. 2015. On trend and on the wave: carving cultural identity through water-side surf dress. Special Issue: Dress. Journal of Leisure Research. DOI: 1080/11745398.2015.1106327

4. Anderson, J. 2014 Exploring the space between words and meaning: understanding the relational sensibility of surf spaces. Emotion, Space & Society. 10 27-34

5. Anderson, J. 2013 Cathedrals of the surf zone: regulating access to a space of spirituality. Social and Cultural Geographies. 14 8 954-972.

6. Anderson, J. 2013 Surfing between the local and trans-local: identifying spatial divisions in surfing practice. Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers. DOI: 10.1111/tran.12018

7. Anderson, J. 2012. Relational places: the surfed wave as assemblage and convergence. Environment & Planning D: Society & Space. 30 4 570-587

8. Anderson, J. 2010 The Surfed Wave as Transient Convergence. You Are Here: The Journal of Creative Geography. Special Issue: Spatial Imaginaries and Imaginary Spaces. XIII pp31

9. Anderson, J. 2009 Transient convergence and relational sensibility: beyond the modern constitution of nature. Emotion, Space, and Society. 2 120-127

Chapters in books

10. Anderson, J. forthcoming. On being shaped by surfing: experiencing the world of the littoral zone. Seascapes: Shaped by the sea. in Brown. M. Humberstone, B. eds. Ashgate: Farnham.

11. Anderson, J. 2014 Merging with the Medium? Knowing the Place of the Surfed Wave. In Anderson, J. Peters, K. eds. Water Worlds: Human Geographies of the Ocean. Ashgate: Farnham. 73-87.

12. Anderson, J. Peters, K. 2014 ‘A perfect and absolute blank’: Human geographies of water worlds. In Anderson, J. Peters, K. eds. Water Worlds: Human Geographies of the Ocean. Ashgate: Farnham. 3-22.

13. Anderson, J. 2014 What I think about when I think about kayaking. In Anderson, J. Peters, K. eds. Water Worlds: Human Geographies of the Ocean. Ashgate: Farnham. 103-117.

14. Anderson, J. Jones, K. 2008 Surf’s Up. Participation Regimes and Motivations for Surfing in Wales. Sports Council for Wales. Cardiff.


Here are some other presentations and papers that have arisen from this work:

4. Affective Landscapes – Can only a surfer know the feeling?

5. From the sea. A film from a surfer’s perspective.

6. Relational Places. Paper presented at the RGS/IBG conference, London, 2010.

6. Surfing Green. Paper presented at the AAG conference, Las Vegas, 2009.

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