Simon Dickinson
Lecturer in Human Geography


Broad research specialisms

My current research focuses on voluntary sector organisations that emerge after natural disasters, and explores how they demonstrate fidelity to that event by pushing for forms of ethical, political and social change during recovery. This work specifically explores responses to the Canterbury earthquakes of 2010-11 in New Zealand and works to examine how disaster events might release previously subjugated ethical and political claims to the city.

In addition to this research, I have conducted previous work that explores the role of insurance in the disaster landscape, the emotional landscapes of forced relocation and the emergent forms of social connectedness that occur in crisis events

In addition to the disaster/crisis context, I have a research interest in the political possibilities of the voluntary sector. I am broadly interested in the organisational practices that foster alternative logics of performative expression, political engagement and cultural imagination alongside formations of political rationalities and ideologies. Much of this builds upon the recent work of Jane Wills, Paul Cloke and David Featherstone.

I have experience in a broad range of qualitative methods. My current research emerges from participatory observation techniques (including interview and ethnographic methods) employed during a time volunteering for post-disaster organisations.  


BSc (Canterbury, NZ)

MSc (Canterbury, NZ)

PhD (Exeter – under examination)


Contact details

Tel+44 (0) 1392 3330
AddressAmory Building
University of Exeter
Rennes Drive
Office hours


Office Hours - Spring Term 2018

Please note my that my office (D439a) may be difficult to find. It is on the fourth floor beyond the labs, right at the very end of the corridor. Please enquire at the Geography office if you need assistance finding it!

Tuesday 4-5pm

Friday 11-12pm

Due to fieldtrips I will not have office hours in either Week 10 or 11. Please email me if you would like to have a discussion and I can either respond to questions that way or set up a Skype conversation.




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