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Professor Jane Wills

Professor Jane Wills

Professor of Geography

 01326 253761

 Peter Lanyon A091

 

Peter Lanyon Building, University of Exeter, Penryn Campus, Treliever Road, Penryn, Cornwall, TR10 9FE, UK

 Office hours:

2019-20 Term 1: Tuesday 11-12 noon and Wednesday 11-12 noon

Please email to book a time during these hours, or for an alternative appointment, or just turn up: j.wills2@exeter.ac.uk

Overview

Jane joined the campus in October 2017, moving from Queen Mary, University of London.

She is Professor of Geography at the Centre for Geography and Environmental Science (CGES) and the Environment and Sustainability Institute (ESI) at the University of Exeter in Cornwall, UK.

Her research interests focus on the changing geopolitical economy of work and regional economic development, new forms of urban political alliances including community organizing and living wage campaigns, and the politics and practice of localism in the UK.

She has published widely, including Locating Localism: Statecraft, Citizenship and Democracy (Policy Press, 2016), Global Cities at Work: New Migrant Divisions of Labour (Pluto Press, 2010), Threads of Labour: Garment Industry Supply Chains from the Workers’ Perspective (Blackwell, 2005), Place, Space and the New Labour Internationalisms (Blackwell, 2001), Geographies of Economies (Arnold, 1997) and Union Retreat and the Regions (Routledge, 1996).

Her taught modules for CGES include The Geography of Cornwall (first year); the Isles of Scilly Fieldtrip (second year); Geographies of Democracy (third year); Democracy, Sustainability and Citizenship (Masters).

Broad research specialisms

Over the past two decades Jane’s research has covered three different themes: (1) The changing geo-political-economy of work, labour supply and labour politics; (2) New forms of urban political alliances with a particular interest in community organising; and (3) the politics and practice of localism in England.  

Previous projects include ESRC and Trust-for-London-funded research into the London living wage campaign; ESRC-funded research into low waged labour and innovative organizing strategies in London; and a Leverhulme Funded project entitled Politics and Place explores the history and practice of localism in England.

For more information about research into the living wage campaign, papers and data, please visit my website at Queen Mary, University of London: www.geog.qmul.ac.uk/livingwage/

I am the administrator for the new campus choir at Penryn, Kana Tremough! and staff can sign up here.

Qualifications

PhD, BA(Hons) Geography

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Research

Research interests

Jane’s current research interests include the geography of political institutions, with particular attention paid to local structures and the ways in which people can engage in decision-making. This is part of her wider interests in devolution and localism, community organizing and civic innovation.

Working in Cornwall provides new opportunities to explore the importance of local history and culture in underpinning and shaping political attitudes, engagement and activism.

‚ÄčNew report entitled: A new geography of local government: The changing role of town and parish councils in Cornwall (July 2019). As a Commissioner for Locality's Commission on the Future of Localism, I have been researching the changing role of town and parish councils in Cornwall. The combined impact of support for devolution along with financial pressures caused by budget cuts has prompted Cornwall Council to transfer important assets to the ownership and management of local councils. I have explored these changes and their impact and you can email me for a copy of a new report that summarises the research or download it here: https://researchpubs.exeter.ac.uk/viewobject.html?cid=1&id=755576

 

 

Publications

Key publications | Publications by category | Publications by year

Publications by category


Books

Wills J (2016). Locating Localism Statecraft, Citizenship and Democracy., Policy Press. Abstract.

Journal articles

Wills J (2019). The geo-constitution: Understanding the intersection of geography and political institutions. Progress in Human Geography, 43(3), 416-435. Abstract.  Full text.
Wills J, Scott J (2017). The geography of the political party: Lessons from the British Labour Party’s experiment with community organising, 2010 to 2015. Political Geography, 60, 121-131. Full text.
Wills J (2016). (Re)Locating community in relationships: questions for public policy. Sociological Review, 64, 639-656. Full text.
Harney L, McCurry J, Scott J, Wills J (2016). Developing ‘process pragmatism’ to underpin engaged research in human geography. Progress in Human Geography, 40(3), 316-333. Full text.
Wills J (2016). Emerging geographies of English localism: the case of neighbourhood planning. Political Geography, 53, 43-53. Full text.
Linneker B, Wills J (2016). The London living wage and in-work poverty reduction: Impacts on employers and workers. Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy, 34(5), 759-776. Full text.
Wills J (2015). Populism, localism and the geography of democracy. Geoforum, 62, 188-189. Full text.
Wills J, Linneker B (2013). In-work poverty and the living wage in the United Kingdom: a geographical perspective. Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, 39(2), 182-194. Full text.
Flint E, Cummins S, Wills J (2013). Investigating the effect of the London living wage on the psychological wellbeing of low-wage service sector employees: a feasibility study. Journal of Public Health, 36(2), 187-193. Full text.

Chapters

Wills J (2019). Organising. In the Antipode Editorial Collective (Ed) Keywords in Radical Geography: Antipode at 50, Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 202-206.  Abstract.  Full text.
Wills J (2018). Faith in action: Lessons from Citizens UK’s work in east London. In Pemberton C (Ed) Theology and civil society, Routledge, 19-44.
Wills J, Horton A (2018). Impacts of the living wage on in-work poverty. In Lohmann H, Marx I (Eds.) Handbook of research on in-work poverty, Edward Elgar.
Wills J (2014). Engaging. In Lee R (Ed) Sage handbook of progress in human geography, 367-384.

Reports

Wills J (2019). A new geography of local government: the changing role of town and parish councils in Cornwall, UK. Locality,  Penryn, University of Exeter. 30 pages.  Abstract.  Full text.

Publications by year


2019

Wills J (2019). A new geography of local government: the changing role of town and parish councils in Cornwall, UK. Locality,  Penryn, University of Exeter. 30 pages.  Abstract.  Full text.
Wills J (2019). Organising. In the Antipode Editorial Collective (Ed) Keywords in Radical Geography: Antipode at 50, Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 202-206.  Abstract.  Full text.
Wills J (2019). The geo-constitution: Understanding the intersection of geography and political institutions. Progress in Human Geography, 43(3), 416-435. Abstract.  Full text.

2018

Wills J (2018). Faith in action: Lessons from Citizens UK’s work in east London. In Pemberton C (Ed) Theology and civil society, Routledge, 19-44.
Wills J, Horton A (2018). Impacts of the living wage on in-work poverty. In Lohmann H, Marx I (Eds.) Handbook of research on in-work poverty, Edward Elgar.

2017

Wills J, Scott J (2017). The geography of the political party: Lessons from the British Labour Party’s experiment with community organising, 2010 to 2015. Political Geography, 60, 121-131. Full text.

2016

Wills J (2016). (Re)Locating community in relationships: questions for public policy. Sociological Review, 64, 639-656. Full text.
Harney L, McCurry J, Scott J, Wills J (2016). Developing ‘process pragmatism’ to underpin engaged research in human geography. Progress in Human Geography, 40(3), 316-333. Full text.
Wills J (2016). Emerging geographies of English localism: the case of neighbourhood planning. Political Geography, 53, 43-53. Full text.
Wills J (2016). Locating Localism Statecraft, Citizenship and Democracy., Policy Press. Abstract.
Linneker B, Wills J (2016). The London living wage and in-work poverty reduction: Impacts on employers and workers. Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy, 34(5), 759-776. Full text.

2015

Wills J (2015). Populism, localism and the geography of democracy. Geoforum, 62, 188-189. Full text.

2014

Wills J (2014). Engaging. In Lee R (Ed) Sage handbook of progress in human geography, 367-384.

2013

Wills J, Linneker B (2013). In-work poverty and the living wage in the United Kingdom: a geographical perspective. Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, 39(2), 182-194. Full text.
Flint E, Cummins S, Wills J (2013). Investigating the effect of the London living wage on the psychological wellbeing of low-wage service sector employees: a feasibility study. Journal of Public Health, 36(2), 187-193. Full text.

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