I first joined the School of Geography on a fixed-term basis in 2006, before returning in 2011 and becoming a permanent member of the academic staff in 2014. Before I returned in 2011, I held Research Fellowships at the University of Lancaster and in the Centre for Urban and Regional Development Studies at the University of Newcastle. I have also held visiting Researcher positions at the University of Newcastle and Charles' University, Prague.
I completed my PhD in economic and urban geography at Queen Mary, University of London and my BA in Geography at the University of Southampton.
The first thing students will notice about me in a lecture theatre, a seminar, a one-to-one meeting, or indeed when stood in a blizzard on a beach in Cumbria, is my passion and enthusiasm for human… read more
I am a human geographer with particular thematic interests in professional work, elite mobilities, critical geoeconomics and post-socialist transformation.
These interests combine theoretical and practical foci upon the interaction between different forms of knowledge, power and practice in a variety of scalar contexts and speak to a series of ongoing trans-disciplinary debates spanning human resource management (HRM), organisational sociology, language based area studies and the sociology of education.
I have competitively won over £70,000 in research funding during my career to date.
(i) Emerging Economies of Eastern Central Europe and the Former Soviet Union
I hold a long standing interest in the geographies of economic and social change in Eastern Central Europe (ECE) and the Former Soviet Union (FSU). My doctoral research focused upon the material spatial impacts of transnational elites (TNEs) in the former Czechoslovakia, examining how the everyday practices of these individuals contribute to the production of imagined and material spaces of exclusion. Elements of the research have been presented at major international conferences (Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting, RGS-IBG Annual Conference and the European Urban and Regional Studies Conference), as research seminars (at the Universities of Nottingham and Newcastle) and as an invited contribution to a colloquium at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, exploring socio-economic transformations in the post-socialist states.
(ii) Globalisation and Professional Service Firms http://www.lancs.ac.uk/professions/professional_ed/
I also hold interests in the geographies of elite workers, labour markets and knowledge intensive producer service firms (KIPS). Whilst at Lancaster University, I worked on an ESRC grant funded project led by Dr James Faulconbridge and Prof. Daniel Muzio (Manchester Business School) entitled, "Professional Education, Global Professional Service Firms and the Cultures of Professional Work in Europe" (RES-000-22-2957). This project had a number of core objectives, i) to examine the selective recruitment strategies of firms and trends relating to accessibility for working class and ethnic minority groups, ii) to analyse the role of in-house training programmes, as well as 'preferred' external training providers, in the management of professional behaviours and cultures of work, iii) to investigate the implications of the training programmes used by firms for the regulation of the legal services sector in London, Milan and Frankfurt.
The first thing students will notice about me in a lecture theatre, a seminar, a one-to-one meeting, or indeed when stood in a blizzard on a beach in Cumbria, is my passion and enthusiasm for human geography! I firmly believe that teaching is one of the most enjoyable aspects of academic work and that passing on this enthusiasm for human geography is a vital part of what I do.
From 2016-2017 I have led a Second Year Module 'Urban Geography', which is proving very popular with students and was designed, along with colleagues, to provide an holisitic module exploring the geographies of cities in the Global North and Global South. Example student comments from 2016 include:
"Really great lecturer, really enjoying the module, looking forward to continuing next year".
"I am enjoying the lectures and the idea[s] presented within them and Andy is very good at making lectures exciting"
I am also involved in heavily in field course teaching (New York City & West Cumbria) and small group teaching. In 2015 I was awarded Associate Fellow status of the Higher Education Academy and am currently working toward achieving Senior Fellowship status.