John Carr

Senior Lecturer

Dr. John Carr is an urban and legal geographer whose work focuses on the intersections of urban geography, law, planning, and human and non-human environments.  In particular, his research seeks to address the questions that can only be answered by bridging the gaps among different disciplines.  Much of his research is based in community-based and participatory methodologies. In addition to his PhD in Geography from the University of Washington he also holds a law degree from the University of Texas School of Law. For more than a decade, he practiced law in the areas of civil rights and complex litigation before entering academia,


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Book Chapters
2013, 'Making urban politics go away: the role of legally mandated planning processes in occluding city-level power', in Davidson M; Martin D (ed.), , SAGE Publications Limited, pp. 112 - 129,
2011, 'Whose public space? The political geography of skateboarding.', in Brown M; Morrill R (ed.), , pp. 97 - 100
2009, 'Foucault’s archeology and geneology', in Foss K; Littlejohn S (ed.), , SAGE
2006, 'The scales of justice: federal-local tensions in the “War on Terror.”', in McGoldrick SK; McArdle S (ed.), , Macmillan, pp. 231 - 253
Journal articles
2017, 'Flexible spaces as a “third way” forward for planning urban shared spaces', Cities, vol. 70, pp. 73 - 82,
2016, 'THE EXPANDING SPACES OF LAW: A Timely Legal Geography', GEOGRAPHICAL REVIEW, vol. 106, pp. E4 - E6,
2014, 'Hitting the moving target: challenges of creating a dynamic curriculum addressing the ethical dimensions of geospatial data', Journal of Geography in Higher Education, vol. 38, pp. 444 - 454,
2014, 'Introduction: towards a methodology for teaching the ethics of geocoded data privacy', Journal of Geography in Higher Education, vol. 38, pp. 441 - 443,
2013, ', Person-to-Person Lending, and the Conditions of Intercultural Contact', Howard Journal of Communications, vol. 24, pp. 327 - 347,
2012, 'Activist research and city politics: Ethical lessons from youth-based public scholarship', Action Research, vol. 10, pp. 61 - 78,
2012, 'Public input/elite privilege: The use of participatory planning to reinforce urban geographies of power in seattle', Urban Geography, vol. 33, pp. 420 - 441,
2010, 'Legal geographies-skating around the edges of the law: Urban skateboarding and the role of law in determining young Peoples' place in the city', Urban Geography, vol. 31, pp. 988 - 1003,