Jessica Pykett is a social and political geographer. Her research has explored the introduction of citizenship education in the UK school curriculum, the tactics used by fair trade organisations to promote ethical consumption, personalisation and brain-based teaching models in contemporary education policy and practice, and the emergence of the behaviour change agenda in UK public policy and beyond. She is currently thinking about the contribution of human geography to understand the brain, mind and behaviour through its long-running conceptualisations of space, environment and context, and its potential to better account for the psyche in its socio-spatial situation.
Mark Whitehead is a Professor of Human Geography at Aberystwyth University (Wales), who is interested in the connections between psychology and public policy. Mark joined the staff of the Department of Geography and Earth Sciences in 2000 and was awarded a personal chair in 2013. His early research focused on the changing forms of urban policy under the New Labour government in the UK. His subsequent work has spanned various aspects of political and environmental studies with a particular concern for the changing nature of state power. In a recent project, which was funded by the Leverhulme Trust, Mark was involved in developing the first comprehensive account of the raise of psychological forms of government in the UK state. This project resulted in the recent publication of the book Changing Behaviours: On the Rise of the Psychological State (Edward Elgar, 2013). Mark has just commenced a new research project funded by the UK government’s Economic and Social Research Council. This project is entitled Negotiating Neuroliberalism and is developing an international comparative study of the rise of psychological power within governments throughout the world.
Professor Rhys Jones is a political Geographer at Aberystwyth University. Rhys’s work lies at the intersection between political, historical and cultural geography and focuses in particular on the various geographies of the state and its related group identities. He has addressed the geographies of the state in a variety of contexts, ranging from the various organisational, territorial and cultural changes associated with the state-making process in medieval Wales to the more contemporary processes of territorial and functional restructuring affecting the UK state. His work on these themes has appeared in a variety of different journal articles as well as a monograph – People/States/Territories – published by Blackwell as part of the RGS-IBG Book Series
Joe Painter is Professor of Geography at Durham University. His research interests include state formation and state-citizen relations, urban and regional governance and politics, and the political geographies of neighbours and neighbourhoods. He is currently researching the decentralisation of political authority to the neighbourhood scale and the role of narrative in the construction of community. He is also working on a book on the relationship between the state and everyday life. He is the author (will Alex Jeffrey) of Political Geography: An Introduction to Space and Power (Sage, 2009) and the editor (with David Featherstone) of Spatial Politics: Essays for Doreen Massey (Wiley-Blackwell, 2013).
Dr Ben Anderson is a Reader in human geography at Durham University, where he has worked in the geography department since 2004. His research explores the importance of affect to cultural and political life, initially through work on spaces of boredom and hope. A forthcoming book – A Theory of Affect: Apparatuses, Encounters, Conditions – summarises this work (2014, Ashgate). Over the past five years, his research has shifted to explore the implications of affect based research for how we understand the geographies of power. Through research funded by the British Academy, ESRC and Leverhulme Trust he has focused on how western states govern life by anticipating and acting on potential futures. Most recently, he has become interested in the emergence of novel ways of governing emergencies and their implications for power and authority. In 2013 he was awarded a Philip Leverhulme Prize. During the period of the Prize he will explore the twentieth century birth of the ‘emergency state’: how life and events came to be governed in and through emergency. Occasionally he tweets at @BenAndersonGeog
Dr Maria Fannin is Senior Lecturer in Human Geography at the University of Bristol. Her research interests include the social and cultural aspects of human tissue collection, use, and exchange in medicine and the biosciences. She is also interested in how feminist theoretical or philosophical perspectives can be brought to bear on analysis of contemporary scientific and healthcare practice, and particularly how Continental philosophy can inform bioethical debate. Her interest in behaviour change stems from previous work on the governmental aspects of reproductive politics, in particular during pregnancy, and from a current interest in better understanding the relationship between visual and digital presentations of the biological body and the self.
Dr John-David Dewsbury is University Research Fellow in Geographical Sciences and Senior Lecturer in Human Geography at the University of Bristol.