Neil R. Smith , 1954 – 2012

The sudden death of Neil Smith, Distinguished Professor of Anthropology and Geograph at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, comes as a shock, and Neil’s premature departure was never expected. A great loss to all those who fought for a better world.

I’ve only had a couple of brief encounters with him at academic gatherings – the first one at the Revanchist Urbanism workshop at the University of Newcastle in 2006 where he was an invited speaker, and the second time at the Asia-Pacific Network for Housing Research conference in Hong Kong in December 2011. While I haven’t had the chance to talk to him in length (and sadly never will…), I’ve always kept his writings close to me. They will surely continue to be with me for much longer.

Thank you Neil for what you left behind to be shared amongst us.