Dr Mark Whitehead B.Sc. ILTM. FRGS.


(01970) 622609         msw@aber.ac.uk     


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Mark is a Reader in Geography at the Institute of Geography and Earth Sciences, Aberystwyth University, and a Senior Research Fellow of the City Institute, York University (Toronto).

His research and teaching focus on the intersections between environmental and political geography and he has a particular interest in ecological governance and urbanization. Mark is Associate Editor of the journal Environmental Values and Reviews Editor for the journal Area. At the moment he is working on a Leverhulme Trust project exploring emerging forms of soft (or libertarian) paternalism in the UK. This three year project (2008-2011) is analyzing the impact of behavioural economics and psychology on government policies concerning personal finance (particularly gambling and pensions), health (specifically food and sexual conduct), and the environment (particularly carbon management). He is also Human Dimension Researcher Manager of the Climate Change Consortium of Wales. Mark lives with his wife and daughter in the beautiful Magwr Valley.

Click here  to listen to Mark talk about his new book, State, Science and Skies: Governmentalities of the British Atmosphere (Wiley-Blackwell)