Spaces of SustainabilityThe Nature of the State: Excavating the Political Ecologies of the Modern State (Oxford Geographical & Environmental Studies)New Horizons in British Urban Policy: Perspectives on New Labour's Urban Renaissance



Whitehead, M. Jones, R. and Pykett, J. (in press) ‘Governing Irrationality, or a More-Than-Rational Government: Reflections on the Re-scientization of Decision-making in British Public Policy’ Environment and Planning A.

Adey, P. Whitehead, M. and Williams, A. (in preparation). From Above: The Politics and Practice of the View From Above (Hurst, London)

Jones, R. Pykett, J and Whitehead, M. (in preparation) Changing Behaviours: On the the Rise of Psychological State (Edward Elgar).

Keil, R. and Whitehead, M. (in press) 'Urban Politics and Sustainability' Mossberger, K and Smith, S. Oxford Handbook of Urban Politics (Oxford University Press).

Whitehead, M. 'Urban Sustainability and Economic Development' in Hutton, T. and Paddison, R. Handbook of Urban Economic Development (Sage).

Whitehead. M. (in press)  'The Sustainable City an Obituary: Critical Reflections on the Future of Sustainable Urbanism' in Flint, J. and Raco. M (eds.) Sustaining Success: The New Politics of Sustainable Urban Planning (Policy Press, Bristol).

Jones, R. Pykett, J. Whitehead, M. (in press) 'Governing Temptation: On the Rise of Libertarian Paternalism in the UK' Progress in Human Geography

Mason, K. and Whitehead, M. (in press) 'Transition Urbanism and the Contested Politics of Ethical Place-Making' Antipode


Pykett, J. Jones, R. whitehead, M. Huxley M. Strauss, K. Gill, N. McGeevor, K. Thompson, L. Newman, J. (2011) 'Interventions in the political geography of 'libertarian paternalism' Political Geography pages 1-10.

Whitehead, M. (2011) 'Environment Inc. and Panda Logos (Editorial)' Environmental Values 20.1 pages 1-5.

Jones, R. Pykett, M. and Whitehead, M. (2011) 'The Geographies of Soft Paternalism: the rise of the avuncular state and changing behaviour after neoliberalism' Geography Compass.


Jones, R. Pykett, J. Whitehead, M. (2010) 'Big Society's Little Nudges' Political Insight (December)

Whitehead, M. (2010) 'Hollow Sustainabilities: Perspective on Sustainable Development in the Post-Socialist World' Geography Compass vol. 4(11) pp.1618-1634.

Whitehead, M. (2010) 'Class and Nature' in Wharf, B ed. Encyclopaedia of Human Geography (Sage).




Whitehead, M (2009) State, Science and the Skies: Environmental Governmentality and the British Atmosphere (Royal Geographical Society Book Series, Blackwell, Oxford).

Whitehead, M. (2009) 'The Wood for the Trees: Ordinary Environmental Justice and the Everyday Right to Urban Nature' International Journal of Urban and Regional Research Vol.33.

Whitehead, M (2009) 'The Sustainable City' in Kitchin, R and Thrift, N The International Encyclopaedia of Human Geography (Elsivier).

Mason, K and Whitehead, M (2009) 'Minding a Mendacious Methodology: Living and Working in a Transition Town' Qualitative Researcher (December)


Whitehead, M (2008) 'Domesticating technologies: household reform, gender relations and the British clean air movement, 1912-1965' Social and Cultural Geography (Special issue Spatial Technologies/Technological Spaces) September.

Dixon, D. and Whitehead, M (2008) 'Technological Trajectories: Reflections on Geography and Technology Studies' Social and Cultural Geography (Special issue Spatial Technologies/Technological Spaces) September.

Whitehead, M (2008) 'Charles David Keeling' The Encyclopaedia of Climate Change and Global Warming (Sage).

Whitehead, M (2008) 'Cold Monsters and Ecological Leviathan: on the relationships between states and the environment' Geography Compass (March 2008).



Whitehead, M (2007) The Nature of the State: Excavating the Political Ecologies of the Modern State Oxford Geographical and Environmental Studies Series (Oxford University Press: Oxford) (with Jones, M and Jones R).

Whitehead, M (2007) 'The Architecture of Partnerships: Urban Communities in the Shadow of Hierarchy:Policy and Politics Vol. 31(1) pp. 3-23.

Whitehead, M (2007) 'The Death of Nature' in Robbins, P Eds Encyclopaedia of Environment and Development  (Sage).

Whitehead, M (2007) 'Environmentality' in Robbins, P Eds Encyclopaedia of Environment and Development  (Sage).


Whitehead, M (2006) Spaces of Sustainability: Geographical Perspectives on the Sustainable Society (Routledge: London).

Whitehead, M (2006) 'The desert of the cartographic real: on John Pickles and the history of spaces' Area Vol.38(3) pp. 242-243.

Whitehead, M (2006) Spatializing the Ecological Leviathan: states, nature and the production of regional space' Geografiska Annaler: Series B - Human Geography (with M Jones and R Jones) March.



Whitehead, M (2005) 'Negotiating the networks of space, time and substance: a geographical perspective on the sustainable citizen' Citizenship Studies (With Bullen, A) Vol.9(5) pp.499-516.

Whitehead, M (2005) 'Between the Marvellous and the Mundane: everyday life in the socialist city and the politics of the environment' Environment and Planning D: Society and Space. Vol. 23(2).



Whitehead, M Eds (2004) New Horizons in British Urban Policy: Perspectives on New Labour's Urban Renaissance (Ashgate: Aldershot) (with Johnstone, C).

Whitehead, M (2004) 'The urban neighbourhood and the moral geographies of British Urban Policy' in Johnstone, C and Whitehead, M Eds (2004) New Horizons in British Urban Policy: Perspectives on New Labour's Urban Renaissance (Ashgate: Aldershot).

Johnstone, C and Whitehead, M (2004) 'Horizons and barriers in British Urban policy' in Johnstone, C and Whitehead, M Eds (2004) New Horizons in British Urban Policy: Perspectives on New Labour's Urban Renaissance (Ashgate: Aldershot).



Whitehead, M (2003) 'Love thy neighbourhood: Rethinking the politics of scale and Walsall’s struggle for neighbourhood democracy'. Environment and Planning A Vol. 35(2) pp. 277-300. 

Whitehead, M (2003) 'From moral space to the morality of scale. The case of the sustainable region' Ethics, Place and Environment Vol. 6(3) pp. 235-257.

Whitehead, M (2003) '(Re)Analysing the sustainable city: nature, urbanization and the regulation of socio-environmental relations in the UK'. Urban Studies Vol.40(7) pp. 1183-1206.

Whitehead, M (2003) ‘In the shadow of hierarchy’: meta-governance, policy reform and urban regeneration in the West Midlands' Area Vol. 35(1) pp. 6-14.

Goodwin M, and Whitehead M, (2003) ‘Interpreting the regulatory geography of the sustainable city: the rise of the sustainable city in the UK’ in 1.18. Human Resource System Challenge VII: Human Settlement Development, edited by Saskia Sassen and Peter J. Marcotullio, in the Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems (EOLSS) (UNESCO, EOLSS Publishers, Oxford).

Whitehead, M (2003) 'Interactive learning and the politics of sustainable development' Environmental Education Vol.74(Autumn) pp. 31-35.

Whitehead, M (2000) ‘Regional devolution and the rise of the Sustainable Region: lessons from the English Regional Sustainable Development Fora’, Regions No.229-October pp.11-14.



Whitehead, M (forthcoming 2008) McGranahan and Marcotullio (2007) Scaling Urban Environmental Challenges: From the Local to the Global and Back Again (Earth Scan) Urban Studies.

Whitehead, M (2006) 'Ghosts in the Garden of Earthly Delights' on Deverell and Hise's 'Land of Sunshine' (2005) (Pittsburgh University Press, Pittsburgh) H-Net Reviews.

Whitehead, M (forthcoming) Brenner, N (2004) 'New State Spaces' (Oxford University Press, Oxford) Political Geography

Whitehead, M (2005) 'Urban flows and the Dark Spaces of Urban Nature' on Kaika, M (2005) 'City of Flows' (Routledge, London) H-Net Reviews April.

Whitehead, M (2005) Fusco, L 'The Human Sustainable City' (Ashgate, Aldershot) Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning

Whitehead, M (2002) Andresen, S et al 'Science and Politics in International Environmental Regimes: Between Integrity and Involvement' (Manchester University Press, Manchester) The Geographical Journal  Vol. 168(3) pp. 273-275.

Whitehead, M (2001) Pavlinek, P and Pickles, J 'Environmental Transitions: Transformation and Ecological Defence in Central and Eastern Europe' (Routledge, London) European Urban and Regional Studies Book Review Vol 8(3) pp.273-279. 


Reviews of Mark's books:

Spaces of Sustainability (Routledge, 2006):

'Whitehead has envisioned Spaces of Sustainability as an introduction to the key debates and philosophical principles surrounding sustainable development and, in this regard, he succeeds admirably. In a concise fashion, he provides the reader with a well-informed and eminently readable overview of the key debates, theories and philosophical concepts, and policy initiatives in the realm of sustainable development. Furthermore, throughout the book he synthesizes a diverse collection of literature from both academia and the mass media and provides an eclectic and interesting array of real-world case studies drawn from a host of more and less developed countries [...] As a consequence, Spaces of Sustainability will serve as a valuable introduction for upper-level undergraduate students in geography, planning, public policy, and other social science disciplines in a wide variety of geographic settings' James, J. Biles, Indiana University, Growth and Development (November 2007)

'This book is about ideas and approaches to sustainability [...] it is an excellent introduction to the topic for geographers' - Ian Gordon, University of Manchester Geography (Journal) 2007.




New Horizons in British Urban Policy (Ashgate 2004):

Known reviews - Allan Cochrane (Open University) European Urban and Regional Studies 2006 13(2) pp. 186-187; Rob Atkinson (University of the West of England) Housing Studies 2005 20(3) pp521-529; Alan Murie Housing and the Built Environment 2005. Click here for more details.

‘…Providing a clear and comprehensive guide to the complex range of urban initiatives introduced by New Labour since it came to power, this volume unpacks the key elements of both the policy rhetoric and material impact of the Blair government's urban programme…Full of critical insights into the nature, content and impact of the New Labour project on urban Britain this book will be of major interest and relevance to all researchers and practitioners working on urban issues. It is, quite simply, the most sophisticated, relevant and up-to-date examination of urban policy in Britain currently available.’
Dr Nick Fyfe, University of Dundee, UK

‘This is an important, thought-provoking and often challenging collection. It very effectively reviews the nature of contemporary urban policy but it goes far beyond simple description…The analysis is deeply informed by new and exciting ways of understanding the city and its future. And it is this combination that makes the book such a fascinating read for all who are interested in the future of Britain’s cities.’
Professor Allan Cochrane, The Open University, UK

‘…a series of stimulating, thought-provoking and insightful chapters…this book represents a welcome addition to the literature on British urban policy, providing readers with a judicious mixture of general overview chapters supported by case studies and theme chapters that illustrate recent developments.’ Housing Studies

‘...offers a stimulating and challenging series of perspectives...a useful contribution to the literature.’ Journal of Housing and the Built Environment

‘It does not only provide an accessible overview of a variety of [New Labour’s] urban policy initiatives but equally presents innovative ways of conceptualizing and theorizing urban policy, identifies pitfalls of NL’s approach and suggest[s] interesting strategies for reinvigorating emancipatory policies and making the process of urban renaissance more inclusive…of major interest and relevance not just to British, but to all researchers and practitioners working on the field of urban policies.’ European Spatial Research and Policy