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 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.