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Thom Davies

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Social Sciences



I'm a human geographer interested in toxic geographies, environmental justice, and the refugee crisis. I've conducted research in Ukraine, Japan, France, 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, 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.

My first co-edited book 'Toxic Truths: Environmental Justice and Citizen Science in a Post Truth Age' will be published in 2019 with Manchester University Press.

Follow me on Twitter here.

Teaching Summary


I am the convenor for a core module within the Environmental Leadership and Management MSc: People and the Environment.

I also contribute substantively to research-led teaching across a wide range of undergraduate modules, including: Globalisation: Economy, Power and Space; Exploring Human Geography; Techniques in Human Geography; Geographies of Migration; Research Tutorials; First Year Tutorials; and the Lake District Field trip.

PhD Supervision:

I am interested in supervising PhD projects relating to the following subjects:

  • The refugee crisis
  • Informal migrant camps
  • Toxic pollution
  • Environmental justice
  • Environmental risk perception
  • Nuclear landscapes

Current PhD students:

Tony Shenton

Research Summary

To see Thom's research, check out his Google Scholar profile here.

Thom is Co-PI on an Antipode Foundation Scholar Activist Project: 'Fragile Resistance on the EU Borderzone: The Peaceful Geographies of the Refugee Crisis' (£10,000).

Selected Publications

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