Dr Gareth Millington
Senior Lecturer

Profile

Biography

Gareth is an urban sociologist. He joined the department in September 2012 having previously taught at University of Roehampton, London and University of Essex. Gareth studied Sociology at University of Salford, Goldsmiths College, University of London and University of Essex where he received his PhD in Sociology in 2006. His doctoral research on hostility directed towards asylum seekers in a seaside town was funded by the ESRC. Gareth has previously worked as a schoolteacher in Essex and London.

Gareth’s first monograph Race, Culture and the Right to the City: Centres, Peripheries, Margins was published in late 2011. This book was based on British Academy funded research carried out in La Courneuve, Paris and Long Island, New York. In addition to pursuing research interests at the intersection of migration and urbanization, Gareth is also fascinated by visual and literary representations of cities and urban life. He teaches a third year module related to this work called Cinema, Cities, Crime. Gareth’s second book, which combines all these interests, is Urbanization and the Migrant in British Cinema: Spectres of the City (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016). Gareth is also co-author (with Rowland Atkinson) of Urban Criminology: The City, Disorder, Harm and Social Control (Routledge, 2019).

Gareth has recently finished work on a British Academy/ GCRF funded project (with David Garbin (Kent) and Simon Coleman (Toronto)) titled ‘Religious Urbanization in Africa’, which examines how urban infrastructures such as energy, roads, bridges, homes, schools, universities and hospitals are increasingly being provided by religious organisations, especially Pentecostal churches. This study is based in Lagos and Kinshasa. 

Gareth is a member of CURB (Centre for Urban Research) and the Culture, Values, Practices research cluster. He co-convenes a research stream called Archiving the City in the Centre for Modern Studies

Research

Overview

To date Gareth’s research has been focused on the following:

  • Race, racism, immigration and the city
  • Urban culture (especially cinema, art and fiction)
  • Urban protest and the right to the city
  • Planetary urbanization

Gareth’s current research projects are in the following areas:

  • The twentieth-century 'inner city', race and memory
  • The Parisian banlieues, demolition, territorial stigma and memory
  • Urban infrastructures in sub-Saharan African cities
  • Urban aesthetics, cultural political economy and the pre-crash city (1997-2007)

Gareth is interested in supervising PhD students in any of the above, or related areas.

Publications

Selected publications

  • Atkinson, R. and Millington, G. (2018) Urban Criminology: The city, disorder, harm and social control. London: Routledge
  • Millington, G. (2018) ‘The End of the Time of the City? Urbanization and the Migrant in British Cinema’ in Meissner, M and Lindner, C. (eds) The Routledge International Handbook of Urban Imaginaries. New York: Routledge
  • Garbin, D. and Millington, G. (2017) ‘“Central London under siege”: Diaspora, “race” and the right to the (global) city’, The Sociological Review, 66 (1), 138-154
  • Millington, G. (2017) ‘Los Angeles, urban history and neo-noir cinema’ in Brown, M. and Carrabine, E. (eds) Routledge International Handbook of Visual Criminology. London: Routledge
  • Millington, G. (2016) 'Urbanization and the city image in Lowry at Tate Britain: towards a critique of cultural cityism', International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, DOI: 10.1111/1468-2427.12375
  • Millington, G. (2016) Urbanization and the Migrant in British Cinema: Spectres of the City. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Millington, G. (2016) ‘The cosmopolitan contradictions of planetary urbanization’, The British Journal of Sociology, DOI: 10.1111/1468-4446.12200
  • Millington, G. (2016) ‘“I found the truth in Foot Locker”: London 2011, Urban Culture, and the Postā€Political City’, Antipode, 48 (3), pp. 705-723
  • Millington, G. (2015) ‘The right to the city (if you want it): Marshall Berman and urban culture, Journal of Urban Cultural Studies, 2(1-2), pp. 177-185
  • Millington, G. (2015) ‘Remaining faithful to the city: Marshall Berman's provocative optimism’, City, 19(1), pp. 112-120.
  • Millington, G. (2015) ‘Sub/Urban Histories Against The Grain: Myth And Embourgeoisement In Essex Noir’, Journal of Historical Sociology, DOI: 10.1111/johs.12087
  • Watt, P., Millington, G. and Huq, R. (2014) ‘East London Mobilities:  The “Cockney Diaspora” and the Remaking of the Essex Ethnoscape’ in Watt, P. and Smets, P (eds) Neighbourhoods, Mobilities and Belonging in the City and Suburb, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Millington, G. (2013) ‘„Anti-riots“ und Postpolitik in der neoliberalen Stadt: London im August 2011’. Berliner Journal für Soziologie, 23, pp.51-73
  • Millington, G. (2012) ‘“Man Dem Link Up”: London’s Anti-Riots and Urban Modernism’, Sociological Research Online, 17 (4) 12
  • Millington, G. and Garbin, D. (2012) ‘Territorial Stigma and the Politics of Resistance in a Parisian banlieue: La Courneuve and Beyond’, Urban Studies, 49 (10), pp. 2067-2083
  • Millington, G. (2012) ‘The Outer-Inner City: Urbanization, Migration and 'Race' in London and New York’, Urban Research and Practice, 5 (1) pp.6-25
  • Millington, G. (2011) ‘Race’, Culture and the Right to the City: centres, peripheries, margins, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Millington, G. (2010) ‘Racism, class ethos and place: the value of context in narratives about asylum seekers’, Sociological Review, 58 (3), pp. 361-80
  • Millington, G. (2008) ‘From Bedsit-land to ‘Cultural Hub’: Regenerating Southend-on-Sea’ in P. Cohen and M. Rustin (eds) London’s Turning: The Prospect of Thames Gateway, Aldershot: Ashgate
  • Millington, G. (2005) ‘Meaning, Materials and Melancholia: Understanding the Palace Hotel’, Social & Cultural Geography, 6 (4) pp. 531-549
  • Millington, G. (2016) 'Urbanization and the city image in Lowry at Tate Britain: towards a critique of cultural cityism', International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, DOI: 10.1111/1468-2427.12375
  • Millington, G. (2016) Urbanization and the Migrant in British Cinema: Spectres of the City. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan

Contact details

Dr Gareth Millington
Senior lecturer
Department of Sociology
University of York
Heslington
YORK
North Yorkshire
YO10 5DD

Tel: 01904 323058