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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
What does the future hold for languages in a post-Brexit UK?

20th September 2017

As the debates and scrutiny of the EU Withdrawal Bill continue, Aberystwyth University is hosting a conference tomorrow (21 September) on the implications of Brexit for language policy.


Strong WISERD Presence at the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) Annual Research Conference

8th September 2017

Work from WISERD’s Civil Society Research Programme featured prominently at the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) Annual Conference in Nottingham, September 7-8. The WISERD stand (pictured) did brisk business with high levels of interest from conference-goers.


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