My research interests include the political geography of Europe and Eurasia, borders, natural resources and energy geopolitics, and Germany. Below are some representative publications from my work. Links are provided when available. More detailed information can be found in my CV.

Political Geography of Europe and Eurasia

Johnson, C. (2015) “Politics, Scale and the EU Water Framework Directive,” in E. Norman et al. (eds) Negotiating Water Governance: Why the Politics of Scale Matter. Ashgate.

Walcott, S. and C. Johnson, eds. (2013) Eurasia from the South China to the Caspian Sea: Corridor of Interconnections. Routledge.

Johnson, C. and A. Coleman (2012) “The Internal Other: Exploring the Dialectical Relationship between Regional Exclusion and the Construction of National Identity,” Annals of the Association of American Geographers 102 (4):863-880. [doi: 10.1080/00045608.2011.602934]  Reprinted in Russian journal Cultural Geography & Geohumanities («Культурная и гуманитарная география») and available in Russian [link]

Johnson, C. (2012) “Toward Post-Sovereign Environmental Governance? Politics, Scale and the EU Water Framework Directive,” Water Alternatives 5(1): 83-97. [link]

Johnson, C. and G. White (2011) “Traces of power: Europe’s impact on the political organization of the globe,” in S. Brunn (ed.) Engineering Earth: The Impacts of Mega-Engineering Projects. Springer.

Borders and Transboundary Regionalism

Johnson, C. (2017) Competing Para-Sovereignties in the Borderlands of Europe. Geopolitics.

Jones, R., C. Johnson, W. Brown, G. Popescu, P. Pallister-Wilkins, A. Mountz, E. Gilbert (2017) Interventions on the State of Sovereignty at the Border. Political Geography, 59,

C. Johnson and R. Jones (2016) The biopolitics and geopolitics of border enforcement in Melilla. Territory, Politics, Governance [DOI: 10.1080/21622671.2016.1236746].

Jones, R. and C. Johnson (2016) Border militarisation and the re-articulation of sovereignty. Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers. 41(2): 187-200. [DOI: 10.1111/tran.12115]

Jones, R. and C. Johnson, eds. (2014) Placing the Border in Everyday Life. Aldershot: Ashgate. [link]

Johnson, C. and R. Jones (2011) Organized Intervention on “Rethinking ‘the border’ in border studies,” Political Geography 30(2): 61-69. (with Louise Amoore, Mark Salter, Alison Mountz, Chris Rumford, Anssi Paasi). [doi: 10.1016/j.polgeo.2011.01.002]

Johnson, C. (2009) “Transboundary spaces and territorial restructuring in Central Europe,” European Urban & Regional Studies 16(2): 191-206. [doi: 10.1177/0969776409102190]

Natural Resources and the Geopolitics of Energy

Johnson, C. (forthcoming) Urban metabolism, new urban Governance, Bleischwitz, R., et al. eds. forthcoming. Handbook on the Resource Nexus. London: Routledge/Earthscan.

Johnson, C. and S. VanDeveer (forthcoming) Scales and the nexus, Bleischwitz, R., et al. eds. forthcoming. Handbook on the Resource Nexus. London: Routledge/Earthscan.

Johnson, C. (forthcoming) Mobile Energy and Obdurate Infrastructure: Distant Carbon and the Making of Modern Europe, S. Bouzarovski et al., (eds) Routledge Research Companion to Energy Geographies.

Johnson, C., & Boersma, T. (2015). The politics of energy security: contrasts between the United States and the European Union. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Energy and Environment, 4(2), 171-177. [link]

Want, Waste or War? The Global Resource Nexus and the Struggle for Land, Energy, Food, Water and Minerals. Earthscan/Routledge. Co-authors: Andrews-Speed, P., R. Bleischwitz, T. Boersma, G. Kemp, and S. VanDeveer. []

Bleischwitz, R., M. Dozler, and C. Johnson. (2014) “Re-Assessing Resource Dependency and Criticality.  Linking Future Food and Water Stress with Global Resource Supply Vulnerabilities for Foresight Analysis,” European Journal for Futures Research 2(1), 1-12.

Boersma, T., & Johnson, C. (2013). Twenty Years of US Experience — Lessons Learned for Europe. In C. Musialski, M. Altmann, S. Lechtenboehmer & W. Zittel (Eds.), Shale Gas in Europe. Devernter (Netherlands): Claeys & Casteels Law Publishers.

Johnson, C. and T. Boersma (2013) “Energy (In)security in Poland? The case of shale gas” Energy Policy 53: 389-399. [link]

Boersma, T. and Johnson, C. (December 2012), Risks and Potentials of the Shale Gas Revolution Consequences for Markets and the Environment, German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP), Berlin, SWP Comments #39. [link]

Boersma, T.,and Johnson, C. (2012). The Shale Gas Revolution: US and EU Policy and Research Agendas. Review of Policy Research 29(4): 570-576. [doi: 10.1111/j.1541-1338.2012.00575.x]

The Global Resource Nexus: The Struggles for Land, Energy, Food, Water, and Minerals (2012) Washington, DC: Transatlantic Academy (co-authored with Andrews-Speed, P., Bleischwitz, R., Boersma, T., Kemp, G., and VanDeveer, S.), 90 pp. [link]

The Shale Gas Boom: Why Poland Is Not Ready (2012) Washington DC: Transatlantic Academy with G. Kemp and T. Boersma. [link]

“The Geopolitics of Overconsumption, Where Less is More,” Transatlantic Take for the German Marshall Fund of the US (with S. VanDeveer) [link]

Johnson, C. and M. Derrick (2012) A Splintered Heartland: Russia, Europe, and the Geopolitics of Networked Energy Infrastructure,” Geopolitics 17(3): 482-501. [doi: 10.1080/14650045.2011.595439]


Johnson, C. (forthcoming) Germany and its Nationhood: A History Fraught with Geography, G. Herb and D. Kaplan (eds) Scaling Identities. Rowman & Littlefield.

Johnson, C. (2011) Mezzogiorno without the mafia: Modern-day meridionalisti and the making of a ‘space of backwardness’ in eastern Germany, National Identities 13(2): 157-176. [doi: 10.1080/14608944.2011.572067]

Johnson, C. (2008) “Euro-politics of scale: competing visions of the region in eastern Germany,” GeoJournal 72(1-2): 75-89. [doi: 10.1007/s10708-008-9166-4]

Murphy, A.B. and C. Johnson (2004) “German Geopolitics in Transition,” Eurasian Geography and Economics 45(1): 1-17. [doi: 10.2747/1538-7216.45.1.1]


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