Professor Nick Gill
Professor in Human Geography


Nick Gill is a political geographer. He graduated from the London School of Economics and Political Science with a degree in Geography with Economics in 2000. Following the award of his PhD in 2008 he was a lecturer in geography at Lancaster University, moving to take up a position as Lecturer in Human Geography at Exeter in 2010. He is now Professor of Human Geography and lead of the Spatial Responsibilities research group, a member of the Geography Ethics Board, and a member of the University of Exeter’s ESRC Strategy Group.

He is a Trustee of City of Sanctuary, a national charity that promotes a culture of welcome and hospitality to those seeking safety from violence and persecution. He is also founding member of Exeter City of Sanctuary, and a member of the Detention Forum, a loose association of organisations working to question the legitimacy of immigration detention in the UK. He is also a member of the ESRC peer review college and book review editor of the journal Space & Polity.

Nick's work was referred to in the Parliamentary Inquiry into Immigration Detention published in March 2015 and his work played a part in the High Court case between Detention Action and the Lord Chancellor concerning the legality of the Detained Fast Track (DFT), also in 2015, that led to the judgement that the DFT was unlawful. He is a member of the Immigration Law Practitioners' Association and has acted as consultant to the Ministry of Justice and to the Bar Standard's Board in relation to their regulation of immigration and asylum policy. He regularly discusses his work in non-academic settings, including three radio appearances. He has research partnerships with the Red Cross, the Refugee Council and Bail for Immigration Detainees, and has received research funding from the ESRC and the Nuffield Foundation.

Broad research specialisms:

Legal geography, carceral geography, migration and border control, mobility, political geography.

Office Hours in Autumn Term 2016:

Oct 7th: 3.30-4.30pm

Oct 13th 3.00-4.00pm

Oct 14th 4.00-5.00pm

Oct 17th 3.30-4.30pm

Oct 20th 3.30-4.30pm

Oct 25th 1.30-2.30 and 3.30-4.30pm.

Nov 3rd 3.00-4.00pm

Nov 4th 3.00-4.00pm

Nov 10th 3.00-4.00pm

Nov 11th 3.00-4.00pm

Nov 17th 3.00-4.00pm

Nov 18th 3.00-4.00pm

Nov 24th 3.00-4.00pm

Nov 25th 3.00-4.00pm

Dec 1st 1.00-2.00 and 3.00-4.00pm

Dec 8th 1.00-2.00 and 3.00-4.00pm



BSc (LSE),
MSc (LSE),
MSc (Bristol),
PhD (Bristol),
PGcert Academic Practice (Lancaster)

Contact details

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Tel+44 (0) 1392 723333
AddressAmory Building
University of Exeter
Rennes Drive

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