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Lecturer in Human Geography, University of Manchester

Joe Blakey is an Environmental and Political Geographer whose work focuses on examining the political, economic, and social challenges of human-environment relations and post-carbon futures. In pursuing this focus, his research centres on three interrelated areas a) environmental governance; b) cultures of environmental expertise; and c) political decisions, judgements, and contestations. Alongside this interest in environmental geography, he is also committed to making leading contributions to the discipline of Geography.

Joe also maintains a strong commitment to impact in his work. He is a member of The Manchester Zero Carbon Advisory Group, working to ensure that Manchester's carbon reduction commitments are in line with the Paris Agreement and that the city has in place a mechanism for monitoring its progress. Alongside colleagues in the aviation sub-group, he has worked to establish reporting for aviation emissions at a city-level and is currently leading the sub-group on consumption-based / indirect emissions.

Joe contributes to teaching across the undergraduate and postgraduate programme within Geography at The University of Manchester.


  • 2018–present
    Lecturer in Human Geography, University of Manchester