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Dr Marc Welsh

marc welsh2.jpgRole: Research Associate 

Institution: Aberystwyth University

Telephone: 01970 622 600


Before moving to Aberystwyth in 1994 Marc worked as an ecological researcher at the University of Leicester (1992-3) and for the Royal Geographical Society (1991-2).

He stayed on in Aberystwyth town after completing an MSc in Environmental Impact Assessment going on to work over the next decade for variously the Welsh Office, local government and non-governmental organisations on aspects of environmental policy development.

Returning to academia in 2005 to complete an MA and PhD at Aberystwyth University Marc was employed as a post-doctoral researcher on a number of research projects, notably the ‘Time-Spaces of Soft Paternalism’ project. Prior to current employment on the five year GLOBAL-RURAL research project, investigating the ways in which globalisation and rurality intertwine, he served as Executive Editor for the journal Regional Studies from 2013-14, and currently acts as journal manager for Territory, Politics, Governance.

Research Interests 

  • The state, its construction and mechanisms of managing change
  • Government, governance and governmentality
  • Geopolitics and Policy studies
  • Nature-Society Relations
  • Territory, territorialisation and territoriality
  • Security and resilience
  • Historical/colonial geographies

Current Research

Research Associate on the project ‘The Global Countryside: Rural Change and Development in Globalization’ (GLOBAL-RURAL).  

This is a five-year research project (Feb 2014 - Jan 2019) funded by the European Research Council. The project aims to advance understanding of globalization and its workings in and through rural localities. The Principal Investigator is Professor Mike Woods and the research team includes Dr Jesse Heley and Dr Laura Jones.

GLOBAL-RURAL is organized around five research-focused work packages and will draw on field research in a range of countries. For the first two years of the project Marc is primarily working on WP3, ‘A Countertopography of Everyday Globalization’ – which explores the practices and experiences of everyday globalization in a rural small town through an in-depth study of Newtown in mid Wales. We will be blogging about our research here

Click here to view Marc’s official Aberyswyth University bio page


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Latest News
Young People and Brexit

22nd March 2017

WISERD has recently been awarded ESRC funding to carry out a new interdisciplinary study into how young people in the UK feel about, and are responding to, the most significant policy issue of this Parliament: the UK’s exit from the European Union.


Poverty and Food Banks in Wales

16th March 2017

Poverty and the rise of food banks in Wales were the focus of research shared at WISERD’s latest civil society seminar, held at Cardiff last night. PhD student, David Beck and Dr Hefin Gwilym from Bangor University’s School of Social Sciences presented findings from their research exploring the experience of food poverty in Wales.


Featured Events
26 April, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Aberystwyth University (room to be confirmed)

As part of the WISERD Centre for Welsh Politics and Society Seminar Series, Dr Taulant Guma from the Department of Geography and Earth Sciences at Aberystwyth University presents emerging findings from the WISERD/Civil Society project on ‘Migrants, Minorities and Engagement in Local Civil Society’.