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Assistant Professor in Geography, University of Nottingham

Thom is a human geographer interested in toxic geographies, environmental justice, and the refugee crisis. He has conducted research in Ukraine, Japan, France, Bosnia and the USA using a range of qualitative techniques. He joined the University of Nottingham in September 2018 from the University of Warwick, where I worked on an ERC funded project 'Toxic Expertise: environmental Justice and the Global Petrochemical Company'. He has published in academic journals including Antipode, Political Geography, Environment and Planning C: Politics and Space, and the Annals of the American Association of Geographers, and has written about his research in various media platforms, including the Guardian and the Independent. He is currently working on an Antipode 'Scholar-Activist' project looking at border violence against refugees trapped in the Balkans. He also write about the 'slow violence' of pollution, with research experience in contaminated landscapes such as the Chernobyl 'Nuclear Exclusion Zone' in Ukraine and 'Cancer Alley' in Louisiana.

Thom's first edited book is out this year with Manchester University Press, titled 'Toxic Truths: Environmental justice and citizen science in a post-truth age'


  • 2018–present
    Assistant Professor, School of Geography, University of Nottingham
  • 2015–2018
    Research fellow, Department of Sociology, University of Warwick
  • 2011–2015
    Doctoral Reseacher, School of Geography, Earth, and Environmental Sciences, University of Birmingham


  • 2019
    Informal migrant camps, Handbook on Critical Geographies of Migration
  • 2019
    Slow violence and toxic geographies: 'Out of sight' to whom? , Environment and Planning C: Politics and Space
  • 2018
    Making Space for Failure in Geographic Research Professional Geographer, Professional Geographer
  • 2018
    Public health in the Calais refugee camp: environment, health and exclusion, Critical Public Health
  • 2018
    Toxic Space and Time: Slow Violence, Necropolitics, and Petrochemical Pollution, Annals of the American Association of Geographers
  • 2018
    Ruins of Empire: Refugees, race and the postcolonial geographies of European migrant camps , Geoforum
  • 2017
    Violent Inaction: The Necropolitical Experience of Refugees in Europe, Antipode
  • 2017
    Towards nuclear geography: Zones, bodies, and communities, Geography Compass
  • 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