Scott Burnett

Senior Lecturer, PhD

Research areas and keywords

UKÄ subject classification

  • International Migration and Ethnic Relations
  • Communication Studies
  • Human Geography


  • Race and Ethnic Studies, Place & Belonging, Postfoundational Discourse Analysis


I investigate the construction and repair of racial hierarchies privileging whiteness in spatial and environmentalist discourse. I lecture in strategic communication at Lund University, and am also part of the research team at the Wits Centre for Diversity Studies at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. My doctoral thesis, entitled “Giving back the land: Whiteness and belonging in contemporary South Africa” was completed in 2018. My work has been published in leading journals such as ACME: an International Journal for Critical GeographiesDiscourse, Context & Media, and the African Journal of Employee Relations.

Before my doctorate, I spent over a decade working on South Africa’s national youth development and HIV-prevention for young people, loveLife, which was one of the world’s largest and most ambitious multimedia and social activation programmes. I served in a number of programme management and design roles, and ultimately as director of strategy.

I hold an M.Sc. in Philosophy and Public Policy from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a B.A.Hons in English and Philosophy from the university currently known as Rhodes. I am a frequent contributor to public debates on whiteness and racism.

Recent research outputs

Scott Burnett & Milani, T. M., 2017, In : ACME: An International Journal for Critical Geographies. 16, 3, p. 548-575 28 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Scott Burnett, 2014 May 12, In : African Security Review. 23, 2, p. 196-205 10 p.

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