Stuart’s paper “Secure the Volume” which he gave here at UK last spring, has now been published in Political Geography.

Progressive Geographies

My paper “Secure the Volume: Vertical Geopolitics and the Depth of Power” has now been published by Political Geography in their ‘articles in press’ section [open access here]. They’ve not yet posted the responses by Peter Adey and Gavin Bridge but my reply “Bodies, Books, Beneath” is also available. The journal requires a subscription, but if you are having difficulties, please contact me.


We all-too-often think of the spaces of geography as areas, not volumes. Territories are bordered, divided and demarcated, but not understood in terms of height and depth. ‘Secure the area’ is a common expression for the military and police, but what happens if another dimension is taken into account and we think what it means to ‘secure the volume’? This article draws on the emergent literature on vertical geopolitics and Peter Sloterdijk’s work on spheres, but also looks at what happens…

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