Donald McNeill is Professor of Urban and Cultural Geography, joining the Institute for Culture and Society in 2011, having previously held positions at the Urban Research Centre at Western Sydney University, King's College London, Southampton and Strathclyde. Professor McNeill's work is focused on the political and cultural economy of globalization and cities, with an expertise in the governance of Sydney, London and Barcelona.
He has completed an Australian Research Council Discovery project, 'The production and contestation of airport territory' (2008-2010), and has published widely on the relationship between globalization, urban politics and the production of the built environment. His work is located at the intersection of human geography, urban sociology, spatial planning, and urban design and architecture, which are a common feature of his books The Global Architect: Firms, Fame and Urban Form (Routledge, 2008), New Europe: Imagined Spaces (Arnold, 2004), and Urban Change and the European Left: Tales from the New Barcelona (Routledge, 1999).
His current research focuses on the following themes: architecture, urban design and the commercial culture of cities, the globalization of architectural practice, urban theory and the nature of centrality in the contemporary city, airports, cities and the politics of mobility. He is a corresponding editor for the International Journal of Urban and Regional Research.