Professor Jane Wills
Professor of Geography
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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: email@example.com
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.
PhD, BA(Hons) Geography
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.
New 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 by category
Publications by year
- GEO1413 - The Geography of Cornwall
- GEO2447 - Isles of Scilly Field Course
- GEO3457 - Geographies of Democracy
- GEOM405 - Democracy, Sustainability and Citizenship