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Thom Davies

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Social Sciences

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Biography

I'm a human geographer interested in toxic geographies, environmental justice, and the refugee crisis. I've conducted research in Ukraine, Japan, France, Serbia, Bosnia and the USA using a range of qualitative techniques. I joined the University of Nottingham in September 2018 from the University of Warwick, where I worked on an ERC funded project 'Toxic Expertise: environmental Justice and the Global Petrochemical Company'. I have published in academic journals including Antipode, Political Geography, Environment and Planning C: Politics and Space, Geography Compass, Geoforum, and the Annals of the American Association of Geographers, and I have written about my research in various media platforms, including the Guardian and the Independent. I am currently working on an Antipode 'Scholar-Activist' project looking at border violence against refugees trapped in the Balkans. I also write about the 'slow violence' of pollution, with research experience in contaminated landscapes such as the Chernobyl Nuclear Exclusion Zone in Ukraine and 'Cancer Alley' in Louisiana.

I am currently co-editing a Special Issue of 'Emotion, Space and Society' titled 'Reclaiming failure in geography: academic honesty in a neoliberal world' (with Tom Disney and Elly Harrowell). Forthcoming in 2020.

You can follow me on Twitter here.

My Google Scholar profile is here.

My first co-edited book (with Prof. Alice Mah) 'Toxic Truths: Environmental Justice and Citizen Science in a Post Truth Age' was published in 2020 with Manchester University Press:

Expertise Summary

Policy Engagement:

I have provided written evidence to Home Affairs Committee All-Party Parliamentary Groups on Migration, including the 'Migration crisis inquiry' (2015) [available here] and Commons Select Committee 'European responses to irregular migration' (2019) [available here]. I have also submitted evidence to the 'International Development Committee inquiry into the effects of COVID-19 on developing countries and those hosting refugees' (2020) [available here], for the the Department of International Development (DFID). At the EU level, I have presented my research to MEPs and members of the European Commission in Brussels.

The International Development Committee enquiry into the effects of COVID-19 on developing countries and those hosting refugees. UK Department of International Development

Selected Media Publications:

I have been interviewed about my academic research for the Guardian, BBC news, and RT.

Teaching Summary

I contribute substantively to a wide range of undergraduate modules, including: Globalisation: Economy, Power and Space | Techniques in Human Geography | Exploring Human Geography | Research… read more

Research Summary

Externally Funded Research Projects

  • 2020-2021: 'Waste management during the COVID-19 outbreak: investigating a critical sector in crisis' ESRC, UKRI Ideas to Address COVID-19 [project website] Co-I (£271,000)
  • 2019- 2021: 'Fragile Resistance on the EU Borderzone: The Peaceful Geographies of the Refugee Crisis' Antipode Foundation Scholar Activist Project [Working alongside activist-group No Name Kitchen] Co-PI (£10,000)
  • 2015-2016: 'Environmental Health in the Calais Refugee Camp' ESRC Impact Accelerator. Co-PI (£5,000)
  • 2014: 'From Chernobyl to Fukushima: the social fallout of Japan's nuclear meltdown' Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) PI (£6,000)

Snapshot from the field:

Above: a recent photograph from fieldwork in Bosnia for the Antipode Foundation Scholar Activist Project, as discussed in The Independent, here.

Selected Publications

I contribute substantively to a wide range of undergraduate modules, including: Globalisation: Economy, Power and Space | Techniques in Human Geography | Exploring Human Geography | Research Tutorials | Dissertation Supervision | Dissertation Preparation | Geographies of Migration | First Year Tutorials | Lake District Field trip.

I also convene and co-teach the core module People and the Environment within the Environmental Leadership and Management MSc.

PhD Supervision:

I am interested in supervising PhD projects relating to the following subjects: Toxic geographies | Environmental justice | Pollution | refugees and displacement | Geographies of Violence | Slow violence

Current PhD students: Tony Shenton

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