Current Students

Fraser Beattie

George Burdon

Isabel Burnett

Claudia Carter

Jonathan Davies

Ollie Dawson

  • Part time.
  • Background: Previously studied American Literature at Sussex University, graduating in 2003.
  • I’ve spent the last six years running a fantastic national arts charity called the Poetry School which develops aspiring poets from the beginning of their writing careers through to an advanced level. I now work for a Bristol-based theatre company called Theatre Ad Infinitum.  You can find me on Twitter @OllieJDawson.

Emily Godwin

Miriam Guastalla

Alexander Joseph

Matthew Mauler

Rosie McLellan

Theodore Parker

Jessy Shallcross

Recent Graduates

Sam Berlin (blog editor) 

  • Completed the MSc in 2015; full time.
  • Background: Undergraduate at SOAS/King’s College London – BA Chinese and Geography (2010). Lived in China from 2010-2014, taught English in Chongqing before working as a translator and editor at a translation company in Shanghai.
  • I have just begun a PhD at the University of Bristol on rural-urban migration and sexuality in China.

Harry Bregazzi (blog editor)

  • Completed the MSc in 2014; full time.
  • What next?: After the MSc I started a PhD here at Bristol. Currently in my 3rd year, I am studying peace and conflict resolution. I hope to conduct fieldwork in South Sudan to investigate the ongoing efforts towards peace.

Ciara Merrick (blog editor)

  • Completed the MSc in 2015; full time.
  • What next?: I have just started a PhD at the University of Bristol engaging with difference and the affective spaces of peace in post-conflict settings. I will be conducting fieldwork in Belfast in 2017.

Catherine Midwood (blog editor)

  • Completed the MSc in 2015; full time. I am on Twitter: @cjmidwood.
  • What next?: I have just started a PhD at the University of Bristol using an embodied approach to theorize about temporary interventions in urban spaces.

Stephanie Denning

  • Completed the MSc in 2014; full time.
  • Now in the third of my PhD my research focuses on an affective approach to faith-based social action. Using action research and participatory geographies I am running a faith-based social action project responding to food poverty of school children in the school holidays and analysing this through the concept of affect within non-representational theories using Spinoza and Augustine to consider human action and willing.
  • Twitter – @SJ_Denning, page from MSc dissertation dissemination:

Jen Owen

  • Completed the MSc in 2014; full time.
  • After the MSc I went on to do an ESRC funded PhD at Cardiff University of which I am now in my third year.
  • Following on from my MSc dissertation which investigated attics and the objects that reside there, my current research examines the growing phenomenon of self-storage in order to understand in what ways they have been integrated into everyday practices of identity, memory and relationships and the capacity of modern life to fold together different times and spaces.
  • Find me on twitter at @jenjenny11.


Alumni – In Academia

The MSc in Human Geography, Society and Space at Bristol has an extensive and illustrious alumni. Numerous human geographers currently at the leading edge of academic geographical research in the UK and around the world are graduates of our course. Past graduates include:

James Ash (Newcastle, Media Studies)

Julian Brigstocke (Cardiff)

JD Dewsbury (Bristol)

Nathan Eisenstadt (Bristol, History)

Nick Gill (Exeter)

Beth Greenhough (Oxford)

Paul Harrison (Durham)

Agatha Herman (Reading)

Kathrin Horschelmann (Durham)

Owain Jones (Bath Spa, Environmental Humanities)

Sam Kinsley (Exeter)

Jennifer Lea (Exeter)

Jamie Lorimer (Oxford)

Naomi Millner (Bristol)

Mark Paterson (Pittsburgh, Communication)

Jessica Pykett (Birmingham)

Emma Roe (Southampton)

Pepe Romanillos (Exeter)

Paul Simpson (Plymouth)

John Wylie (Exeter)


Alumni – Outside Academia

Ricardo Fuentealba Fuentes (NGO worker based in Santiago)

Jongyoung Nam (journalist based in South Korea)

Stacey Smith (health policy researcher, Mental Health UK)


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