Tom Cantellow

Human Geography

PhD Researcher in Human Geography (ESRC +3)
School of Geographical Sciences, University of Bristol

Start date: October 2020

Research topic: Spatial variations in the attachment of meaning to political engagement.

The UK’s political landscape has been tumultuous and divisive since the 2008 financial crisis, division epitomised by Brexit. The last decade of the UK’s political economy situates a topical examination of geography’s relationship with interpretations of what political action means in the UK, and how where people live might change what they want to express through political engagement. Study of socio-demographics, election outcomes, political attitudes, and social and economic policy, contextualised against neoliberalism and space, will produce timely insights such as the relationships behind variations in populist resonance across communities.

Research supervisors: Professor Julie Macleavy, Professor David Manley