Dr Martin Phillips
Reader in Social and Cultural Geography
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I have research interests in four broad areas of geography: rural social and cultural geography, historical geography, society/environment relations, and philosophy in geography. Much of my recent work has focused on the material and symbolic constructions of rural space, with particular regard to the social relations and identities of class and gender. I am also conducting work on museum geographies, retail led-gentrification, filmic geographies and adaptations to climate change.
I have undertaken many research projects on contemporary rural cultures and societies including:
- A three-year ESRC Research Fellowship on 'The processes of rural gentrification'.
- Studies of the class composition of rural communities in Berkshire, Cotswolds, Gower, Leicestershire and Warwickshire
- Studies of 'Gentrifying rural natures' and 'Adaptations to Rural Communities through Living with Climate Change' funded as part of the UK Research Council's Rural Economy and Land-Use Programme
- An AHRC funded study of cultural representations of rurality in television drama programmes
I have also been involved in a series of studies of the social inclusion and museums visits (in collaboration with the University of Leicester's Research Centre for Museum and Galleries and a ESRC CASE studentship and business seminar) and a Darwin Initiative funded project on 'Community based biodiversity conservation films in Kenya & Tanzania'.
I am currently undertaking research on the following projects:
- A series of projects funded by the AHRC's Connected Communities Programme.
- 'Rural hybrid energy enterprise systems', a project funded as part of EPSRC and DST India's 'Bridging the urban rural divide\ (BURD) programme
- Retail led urban gentrification
- Member of ESRC Peer review College
- Committee Member, Rural Geography Research Group, Royal Geographical Society
- Landscape and Community Research theme leader, College of Science and Engineering, University of Leicester
- Hanadi Al-Harbi 'New-build gentrification in Medina' (with Dr Rebecca Madgin, Urban History)
- Hannah Brooking 'Engineering Systems Requirements for Locally Sustainable Communities: case study of Local Food Communities' (EPSRC studentship, with Dr Ruzanna Chitchyan, Computer Science)
- Victoria Brown 'Impact of coastal change as a result of climate change on the sustainability and adaptation of coastal communities in the UK'
- Robert Geary-Griffin 'Farmers markets' (with Dr Katie Bennett)
- 'Luxor city as an open air museum' (with Dr Claire Jarvis)
- Sarah Smith 'Youth culture and new urban places' (with Dr Peter Kraftl)
- Mohammed Al-Dakhil The Spatial Pattern of the Tourism Industry in the Al-Qassim area, Saudi Arabia', PhD awarded 2007
- Matthew Badcock 'A democratizing nation? Alternative electoral geographies of nineteenth century Britain', PhD awarded 2009
- 'Tugen Trails: cultural changes, wildlife conservation and local livelihoods in the Rift Valley of Kenya' (With Dr Sue Page)
- Oliver Mould 'Cultural globalization and Sydney as a world city', PhD awarded 2008
- Craig Wheway - 'Nature and spatial extent of gentrification in London Docklands' (with Dr Katy Bennett).
- Anna Woodham 'Museum Visits and Social Exclusion: The Geography of Schools Visits to Museums', PhD awarded 2009
Research Areas for PhD Supervision
Contemporary rural societies and cultures; cinematic and televisual geographies; historical geography; educational attainment and social class in rural areas, museums geographies, new-build gentrification in rural areas, rural communities, climate change and energy use.
Enquiries: If you are interested in studying for a PhD in one of these research areas, please make informal enquiries via geogPhD@le.ac.uk
Most Recent Publications
Hooper-Greenhill, E., Phillips, M., Woodham, A. (2009) Museums, schools and geographies of cultural value, Cultural trends 18, (2) 149–183
Phillips, M. (2008) Rurality as a globalised mediascape? Impressions from television drama production and distribution at the turn of the millennium in Australia, Britain and New Zealand, Critical Studies in Television 3 (1) 16-44
Phillips, M., Page, S., Saratsi, E., Tansey, K. and Moore, K. (2008) Diversity, scale and green landscapes in the gentrification process: Traversing ecological and social science perspectives, Applied Geography 28 (1) 54-76
Phillips, M. (2007) 'Changing class complexions on and in the British countryside', Journal of rural studies 23, 283-304
Phillips, M. (2005) 'Differential productions of rural gentrification: illustrations from North and South Norfolk', Geoforum 34 (4), pp. 477-494