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Philippa Williams

Reader in Human Geography, Queen Mary University of London

Philippa's research and teaching at Queen Mary University of London intersects political, economic and development geography, with a focus on everyday political life in India and its transnational community. More specifically, she is interested in questions concerning how the state is experienced, how citizenship is articulated and how marginality, particularly in the context of violence/nonviolence is lived and increasingly how digital technology is mediating everyday political life in India. She is currently working on two projects i) Social media and everyday life in India with Lipika Kamra, O.P Jindal Global University and ii) Surviving Violence: Everyday resilience and gender justice in rural-urban India with colleagues at IIT-Bombay, Indian Institute of Development Studies, Kolkata, Nari Samata Manch and Chaitanya the Policy Consultancy.

Philippa was awarded the Philip Leverhulme Prize in 2019 in Geography and has received funding for her research from Leverhulme, the British Academy, WhatsApp, ESRC and the Royal Geographical Society.


  • –present
    Senior Lecturer , Queen Mary University of London


  • 2011 
    Cambridge University , Geography