Registered in July 2011, it exists specifically for public benefit and the promotion and improvement of social scientific research, education and scholarship in the field of radical and critical geography. To this end it enables the pursuit and dissemination of valuable new knowledge that advances the field by:
[i] Producing Antipode: A Radical Journal of Geography, a peer-reviewed academic journal published by Wiley, and its companion website, AntipodeOnline.org;
[ii] Making grants to: support conferences, workshops and seminar series; enable collaborations between scholars and activists; and make critical geography a more diverse, equitable and inclusive discipline;
[iii] Arranging and funding: summer schools and other meetings for doctoral students, postdoctoral researchers, and recently-appointed faculty; public lectures at international conferences; and the translation of academic publications.
The Foundation currently has eight Directors/Trustees – Sharad Chari (University of California Berkeley), Paul Chatterton (University of Leeds), Vinay Gidwani (University of Minnesota), Tariq Jazeel (University College London), Katherine McKittrick (Queen’s University), Jenny Pickerill (University of Sheffield), Nik Theodore (University of Illinois at Chicago) and Melissa W. Wright (Pennsylvania State University) – and is managed by its Executive Director, Andrew Kent (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Andy has been Antipode’s Managing Editor since 2007 – he’s been responsible for the publication of more than 50 issues thus far… – and has been the Antipode Foundation’s Executive Director since its registration. He was at the University of Manchester from 2002 to 2010, working with Noel Castree.
Noel and Jane Wills resigned from the Foundation’s board of trustees at the end of April 2015. Noel and Jane were stellar trustees, and part of the Foundation from the beginning. Also there at the very start was Jamie Peck, whose time as a trustee came to end in 2019. Jamie was central to everything the Foundation did for so long, and remains a good friend. And as there’s been no escape for Jamie, so we’ll keep Nik Heynen and Wendy Larner close after they stepped down from the board of trustees at the end of April 2020…
Nik has been a part of the team since 2007, when he organised the inaugural Institute for the Geographies of Justice in Athens Georgia. In 2009 he formed Antipode’s first Editorial Collective with Wendy Larner, Paul Chatterton, Vinay Gidwani and Rachel Pain, establishing the Antipode Foundation with them, Jamie, Jane Wills, Noel Castree and Melissa Wright in 2011. We’re confident saying that the seven IGJs he has organised were transformative experiences for all participants; for these alone our discipline owes him a debt of gratitude. Nik was organising one more IGJ (in Barcelona, Spain in 2020) before Covid-19 arrived. He has now handed the reins to colleagues, but whether he likes it or not he’ll never be far from all things Antipodean!
Wendy has been at the heart of it all for over a decade, taking the lead when it came to negotiating the last two journal publishing agreements with Wiley and establishing the Antipode Foundation as a company and charity. It is difficult to overemphasise how transformative this has been. The journal has gone from strength to strength, becoming more diverse, equitable and inclusive, giving voice to silenced struggles and emerging movements, pushing debates forward in novel ways and taking discussions in new directions. And the funds it generates have been reinvested by the Foundation in the geography community, funding Scholar-Activist Projects and International Workshops to support the exchange of ideas across disciplinary boundaries and beyond the confines of the academy, building innumerable meaningful relationships and productive partnerships. Wendy has been the unstoppable force behind all this, and what’s more she has been an irreplaceable source of support for her colleagues – friends – at the journal and Foundation. She will be missed.
Below you’ll find the trustees’ annual reports, which outline the Foundation’s structure, governance and management; its objectives and activities, and achievements and performance; financial reviews; and plans for the future.