Neil Smith RIP

Neil Smith, a Scottish revolutionary socialist geographer, died last week. I didn’t know him much at all and so I cannot say much more than this: like many others, I admired his spirit, his work, his thinking.  He made a lasting impression on the discipline of Geography and on many others beyond our little community. I wish I did have the chance to know him; he was a role model in so many ways.

Anyway, I’m sure that everyone here in Maynooth who did know him or who knew of his work will join me in expressing great sadness at this time.

For our students – some of whom will have read his work in our classes but many others who won’t have come across him yet – I would like to recommend that you have a look at this page, kindly posted online by the people at Environment and Planning D, which has some of his papers on open access.

There are also numerous tributes and memories posted here.

Alistair Fraser

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