Research Fellow in the Department of Sociology, University of Warwick

Dr Thom Davies is a human geographer interested in how people experience and informally negotiate exclusion, marginalisation and risk. He continues to work on ESRC funded research in the Calais refugee camp as well as an ERC funded project about the 'Toxic Expertise' of the global petrochemical industry.

His PhD research investigated the lives of communities living in the nuclear geographies of Chernobyl in Ukraine. While conducting this long-term qualitative fieldwork he used a range of ethnographic and visual methods to explore the lived experience of inhabiting nuclear space.

In 2014 Thom was awarded a JSPS scholarship and became a Visiting Fellow at the Department of Urban Engineering, University of Tokyo. Building on his experiences in Chernobyl, he undertook qualitative research with communities impacted by the 2011 Fukushima Nuclear accident.

He continues to publish his research in academic and media publications.


  • 2015–present
    Research fellow, Department of Sociology, University of Warwick
  • 2011–2015
    Doctoral Researcher , School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Warwick


  • 2015
    Informality and survival in Ukraine's nuclear landscape: living with the risks of Chernobyl, Journal of Eurasian Studies
  • 2015
    Geography, migration and abandonment in the Calais refugee camp, Political Geography
  • 2013
    A Visual Geography of Chernobyl: Double Exposure, International Labor and Working Class History

Professional Memberships

  • American Association of Geographers
  • Royal Geographical Society