Francisco R. Klauser, Professor


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Francisco R. Klauser


Tel. +41 32 718 16 79 +41 32 718 16 79
Fax. +41 32 718 17 01
e-mail: francisco.klauser@unine.ch

Université de Neuchâtel
Institut de Géographie
Espace Louis-Agassiz1
CH-2000 Neuchâtel




Fields of Research

Political geography, urban geography, social geography, socio-spatial theory


Introduction to Political Geography (BA course)
Political Geography II: Power, Space, Regulation (MA course)
Qualitative Research Methods I
Qualitative Research Methods II


My work aims to explore, from a range of perspectives and on various empirically and conceptually informed grounds, the multiple and complex intersections between power and space. This 'geography of power' has at its very core a marked concern for the apparently trivial issues that are shaping and underpinning everyday life. There are three main research topics to highlight:

1. Regulation, Power and Space in the Information Age: Towards a Political Geography of Surveillance (THEME PAGE)

The shape of contemporary social life is increasingly dependent on a wide range of technologically mediated forms of control and regulation-at-a-distance. The resulting practices and techniques of surveillance respond not only to security issues, but also to various commercial and political rationales. Thus 'Political Geographies of Surveillance' relate to a wide variety of places and phenomena, from policing and border control to state administration, mobility and consumption management. In addition, surveillance works on all spatial scales. It has become intrinsically woven into the texture of everyday life, being embedded in urban infrastructures as well as working through both global communication networks and the control techniques of international mobilities. Surveillance is co-produced by public-private coalitions of authority and expertise on local, national and transnational scales.

My aim is to interrogate and to conceptualize surveillance in its forms, functions and effects as an ensemble of heterogeneous techniques and practices of control and power that are situated within space, interacting with and therefore appropriating and producing space. This occurs through multiple processes and relationships, on a variety of scales and for numerous reasons. Specific research topics include:

  • The relationships between space, technology and power
  • Surveillance as glocalized, neo]liberal politics of space
  • The regulation of different forms of mobility
  • Software-sorted urban geographies
  • Surveillance as the fabrics of the everyday
  • Issues of social and spatial justice

2. Geographies of Risk & Security (THEME PAGE)

My research aims to explore the multiple processes and relationships through which current developments in security governance are conditioned (1) and to assess the wider spatial, social, political and economic implications of these developments (2). Particular attention is given to issues of risk and security in the urban environment and in the context of mobility. Within these broad objectives, a series of more specific interests can be distinguished:

  • The influence of policing and securitization strategies with regard to the transformation (regeneration, splintering, commercialization, social inclusion/exclusion, etc.) of contemporary urban space
  • The processes at work within local, national and international exchanges and interdependences in security governance
  • The growing functional fragmentation of authority in contemporary security governance in general and the growing importance of private companies and technical experts in security matters more specifically
  • Current trends towards an increasing standardization of previously tested and subsequently exemplified 'security models'
  • The role of space and scale in security governance
  • Places of fear in everyday life

3. Socio-Spatial Theory: Territoriality, Space, Mediation

Concerned with the intersections between power and space, my work also engages with a series of key concepts in socio-spatial theory. Inspired by authors such as Henri Lefebvre, Michel Foucault, Peter Sloterdijk and Claude Raffestin amongst others, several key concepts stand out: 'territoriality/spatiality', 'space', 'sphere' and 'mediation'. My ambition is to explore the resonances and dissonances between different French, German and English conceptual approaches, and to assess their potential in exploring the spatial forms and effects of power on different geographical scales.

Research Projects

Power and Space in the Drone Age

Coordination: Francisco Klauser

Research team: Silvana Pedrozo & Dennis Pauschinger (tbc)

Funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation


Project website


Efficacité de la Vidéosurveillance aux Pâquis, à Genève

Coordination: Francisco Klauser

Post Doc research assistant: Raoul Kaenzig

Funded by: Département de Sécurité et de l'Economie du Canton de Genève


Project website


Smarter Cities: New Urban Policy Model in the Making


Francisco Klauser & Ola Söderström

Post Doc research assistant: Till Paasche

Funded by COST

Duration: 18 months

Start date: January 2012

Abstract in English

Abstract in German