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 and being promoted to Professor of Human Geography in 2016.

Nick has served as Book Review Editor of the journal Space & Polity and as Communications Officer and Secretary of the Political Geogeraphy research group of the Royal Geographical Society. He is a member of the ESRC's peer review college and the current human geography external examiner of the University of Oxford's undergraduate geography degree programme.

Nick engages with a range of non-academic organisations through his work. From 2015-2017 he was Trustee of the charity City of Sanctuary, a national charity that promotes a culture of welcome and hospitality to those seeking safety from violence and persecution. Since April 2017 he has served as a member of the charity JUSTICE's working party on immigration and asylum determination reform. And from the summer of 2018 he is involved in a partinership with the chariry Asylum Aid to produce a video to inform asylum appellants about what to expect on the day of their hearings.

Nick's 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) 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 or advisor to the Ministry of Justice, the Bar Standard's Board and Her Majesty's Courts and Tribunals Service.

Nick's work has been funded by the Nuffield Foundation, the Economic and Social Research Council and, since September 2016, by the European Research Council via a Starting Grant.

Broad research specialisms:

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



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
Office hours

Friday 5th October - 4-5pm; Friday 12th October - 2-3 & 4-5pm; Friday19th & 26th Oct - 4-5pm; Friday 2nd Nov - 2-3 & 4-5pm; Tuesday 6th November 2-4pm; Friday 16th Nov - 2-3 and 4-5pm; Friday 23rd November 2-3 and 4-5 pm.

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