Dr Simon Parker
Senior Lecturer

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Before joining the Department of Politics at York in 1995 Simon Parker was Junior Research Fellow in Sociology at Jesus College, Oxford where he was appointed in 1992 soon after completing his doctorate in the Social and Political Sciences faculty at the University of Cambridge. In 1998-1999 he was Honorary Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Italian Studies at University College London. He became a Senior Lecturer in Politics at York in 2005 and from April to September 2007 Dr Parker was Visiting Professor in Sociology at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. In 2010 he was Hallsworth Visiting Professor in Political Economy at the University of Manchester and in 2014 Visiting Research Associate at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Simon is Co-Director with  Daryl Martin of the Centre for Urban Research (CURB) and Director of the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of York.



Simon Parker's research interests chiefly centre on urban studies and urban theory, socio-spatial informatics, the politics of asylum and immigration; and comparative European politics (with particular reference to Italy). At the undergraduate level he teaches Politics, Power & Society; State, Economy and Society (with Werner Bonefeld); and Security, Territory and Population. At the post-graduate level he teaches State, Space and Globalisation.

He is the author of Cities, Politics and Power (Routledge 2010) and Urban Theory and the Urban Experience: Encountering the City (Routledge, 2004 – second edition forthcoming 2015) as well as co-editor of The New Italian Republic (Routledge, 1996). Simon has published several chapters on urban and regional studies/urban theory and contemporary European politics together with articles in the International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, Urban Geography, Environment and Planning A; Electoral Studies; the Journal of Southern Europe and the Balkans; The London Journal; City; and Information, Communication & Society. Current projects include a historical investigation of migration policy and politics in London (1880-to present) and a five volume edited collection for the Routledge Major Works reference series on Urban Theory: Critical Concepts.

Simon Parker is Co-Director with Daryl Martin of the Centre for Urban Research (CURB) and Director of the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of York.


Potential research degree projects involving urban and regional politics (especially European and North American), critical urban studies (especially theoretical and interdisciplinary approaches), the politics of immigration, refugees and asylum seeking.

Current research student:

  • Steve Hirschler (USA) ‘Asylum seekers and the right to housing in the UK’.
  • Jen-Shin (Dolly) Yang (Taiwan) ‘City branding and urban identity’.

External activities


  • Association for the Study of Modern Italy
  • Political Studies Association
  • British Sociological Association
  • Research Committee 21, International Sociological Association
  • Fellow Royal Society of Arts

Editorial duties

Contact details

Dr Simon Parker
Department of Politics
University of York
YO10 5DD

Tel: 01904 323557

Feedback and Guidance hours (spring term) - Tuesdays 12:30-13:30 & Thursdays 11:00-12:00