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'
Assistant Professor, School of Geography, University of Nottingham
Research fellow, Department of Sociology, University of Warwick
Doctoral Reseacher, School of Geography, Earth, and Environmental Sciences, University of Birmingham
Informal migrant camps, Handbook on Critical Geographies of Migration
Slow violence and toxic geographies: 'Out of sight' to whom? , Environment and Planning C: Politics and Space
Making Space for Failure in Geographic Research Professional Geographer, Professional Geographer
Public health in the Calais refugee camp: environment, health and exclusion, Critical Public Health
Toxic Space and Time: Slow Violence, Necropolitics, and Petrochemical Pollution, Annals of the American Association of Geographers
Ruins of Empire: Refugees, race and the postcolonial geographies of European migrant camps , Geoforum
Violent Inaction: The Necropolitical Experience of Refugees in Europe, Antipode
Towards nuclear geography: Zones, bodies, and communities, Geography Compass
Informality and survival in Ukraine's nuclear landscape: living with the risks of Chernobyl, Journal of Eurasian Studies
Geography, migration and abandonment in the Calais refugee camp, Political Geography
A Visual Geography of Chernobyl: Double Exposure, International Labor and Working Class History