Dr Marc Welsh PhD, MA, MSc (University of Wales Aberystwyth), BSc (University of York)


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Department of Geography and Earth Sciences

Phone: 01970 622600

Research interests

My research has a broadly Foucauldian concern with the apparatus and mechanisms of power - primarily those located as emanating from 'the state - and a more topological conception of the assemblage of space.

PhD concentrated on the historical hydrosocial relations and geopolitical ecology of Nyasaland/Malawi.

Recent research has included acting as Research Associate on the project 'The Global Countryside: Rural Change and Development in Globalization' (GLOBAL-RURAL). This European Research Council funded five-year research project (Feb 2014 - Jan 2019) aimed to advance understanding of globalization and its workings in and through rural localities. The Principal Investigator was Professor Mike Woods and the research team includes Dr Jesse Heley, Dr Laura Jones and Dr. Sam Saville. Other scholarship focuses on 'algorithmic governmentality' and 'corporate governmentality'.


I am a political and historical geographer interested in the state, its relations with nature and citizens, and the processes of globalization and territorial governance.

I completed my PhD at Aberystwyth University in 2011. Prior to this I have:

·       worked as an ecological researcher at the University of Leicester (1992-3) and for the Royal Geographical Society (1991-2),

·       completed an MSc in Environmental Impact Assessment (1995),

·       worked for ADAS, the Welsh Office, local government and non-governmental organisations (notably as Director of Wales Environment Link 2000-2005) on aspects of environmental policy development

·       completed an MA in 2006 in Political Geography at Aberystwyth University.

Post-doctoral research has included the 'Time-Spaces of Soft Paternalism' project and the five year GLOBAL-RURAL research project

I served as Executive Editor for the journal ‘Regional Studies’ (2013-14) and helped established ‘Territory, Politics, Governance’ (Journal Manager 2013-2016).

Over the past few years I have taught undergraduate and post-graduate modules based in DGES, currently focusing on the interdisciplinary integrated Foundation Year scheme.


  • GS00220 - Foundation in Liberal Arts
  • GS01120 - Information in a Post-Truth World
  • GS00120 - Foundation - Dialogue
  • GS00320 - Learning Experience 
  • GS28190 - Geographical Perspectives on the Sustainable Society
  • GS33320 - Everyday Social Worlds
  • GS14220 - Place and Identity
  • EAM4420 - Risk Management and Resilience in a Changing Environment
  • GS20410 - Concepts for Geographers
  • GG29520 - Berlin Fieldtrip
  • GS11000 - Living with Global Change