Professor in Human Geography, University of Exeter

Nick Gill is a political geographer. He graduated from the London School of Economics and Political Science with a degree in Geography with Economics in 2000. Following the award of his PhD in 2008 he was a lecturer in geography at Lancaster University, moving to take up a position as Lecturer in Human Geography at Exeter in 2010. He is now Professor of Human Geography and chair of the ESRC strategy group at the University.

Nick has served as Book Review Editor of the journal Space & Polity and as Communications Officer and Secretary of the Political Geogeraphy research group of the Royal Geographical Society. From 2015-2017 he was Trustee of the charity City of Sanctuary, a national charity that promotes a culture of welcome and hospitality to those seeking safety from violence and persecution. He is also a member of the ESRC peer review college and, from April 2017, a member of the charity JUSTICE's working party on immigration and asylum determination reform.

Nick's work played a part in the High Court case between Detention Action and the Lord Chancellor concerning the legality of the Detained Fast Track (DFT) that led to the judgement that the DFT was unlawful. He is a member of the Immigration Law Practitioners' Association and has acted as consultant to the Ministry of Justice and to the Bar Standard's Board.

Nick's work has been funded by the Nuffield Foundation, the Economic and Social Research Council and, since September 2016, by the European Research Council via a Starting Grant.


  • –present
    Professor in Human Geography, University of Exeter