Dr Marc Welsh PhD, MA, MSc (University of Wales Aberystwyth), BSc (University of York)

Dr Marc Welsh

Post-Doctoral Research Associate

Contact Details


Before moving to Aberystwyth in 1994 Marc worked as an ecological researcher at the University of Leicester (1992-3) and for the Royal Geographical Society (1991-2).

He stayed on in Aberystwyth town after completing an MSc in Environmental Impact Assessment going on to work over the next decade for variously the Welsh Office, local government and non-governmental organisations on aspects of environmental policy development.

Returning to academia in 2005 to complete an MA and PhD at Aberystwyth University Marc was employed as a post-doctoral researcher on a number of research projects, notably the 'Time-Spaces of Soft Paternalism' project. Prior to current employment on the five year GLOBAL-RURAL research project, investigating the ways in which globalisation and rurality intertwine, he served as Executive Editor for the journal Regional Studies from 2013-14.


New Political Geographies Research Group

Welsh Institute of Social and Economic Research, Data and Methods (WISERD).


Marc's research interests cover a number of fields of research:

  • The state, its construction and mechanisms of managing change
  • Government, governance and governmentality
  • Geopolitics and Policy studies
  • Nature-Society Relations
  • Territory, territorialisation and territoriality
  • Security and resilience
  • Historical/colonial geographies

Two central themes connect these threads - a broadly Foucauldian concern with the apparatus and mechanisms of power - primarily those located as emanating from 'the state - and a more topological conception of the assemblage of space.

Current Research:

Research Associate on the project 'The Global Countryside: Rural Change and Development in Globalization' (GLOBAL-RURAL).

This is a five-year research project (Feb 2014 - Jan 2019) funded by the European Research Council. The project aims to advance understanding of globalization and its workings in and through rural localities. The Principal Investigator is Professor Mike Woods and the research team includes Dr Jesse Heley and Dr Laura Jones.

GLOBAL-RURAL is organized around five research-focused work packages and will draw on field research in a range of countries. For the first two years of the project Marc is primarily working on WP3, 'A Countertopography of Everyday Globalization' - which explores the practices and experiences of everyday globalization in a rural small town through an in-depth study of Newtown in mid Wales. We will be blogging about our research here:

Editorial Duties

Journal Manager - Territory, Politics, Governance

Research Groups



Heley, J., Welsh, M. 2017. Regions rock: Heavy Metal and the role of music in the construction of regional identity for the British Midlands. In J. Riding., M. Jones. (eds) Reanimating Regions: Culture, Politics, Performance. Regions and Cities Taylor & Francis pp. 26-45. Cadair


Heley, J., Welsh, M. 2016. Bottling globalization in rural localities. XIV World Congress of Rural Sociology. Cadair

Heley, J., Welsh, M. 2016. Site Selection Issues for Small Area Field Research: Globalization in and through Rural Localities . ESRC Researcg Methods Festival . Cadair


Heley, J., Woods, M., Jones, L., Welsh, M., Onyeahialam, A.I. 2015. Wales’ hidden globaleconomy: uncovering thetransnational networks of smalltown SMEs. WISERD Annual Conference 2015. Cadair


Welsh, M., Jones, R., Pykett, J., Whitehead, M. 2014. The ‘problem gambler’ and socio-spatial vulnerability. In F. Gobet., M. Schiller. (eds) Problem Gambling: Cognition, Prevention and Treatment. Springer Nature, London pp. 156-187. Cadair

Welsh, M. 2014. Resilience and responsibility: Governing uncertainty in a complex world. Geographical Journal 180 (1) pp. 15-26. Cadair

Pykett, J., Jones, R., Welsh, M., Whitehead, M. 2014. The art of choosing and the politics of social marketing. Policy Studies 35 (2) pp. 97-114. Cadair

Welsh, M. 2014. Repositioning the Shire Valley Project - a retrospective (Part II): The Hydro-Politics of the Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland. The Society of Malawi Journal 67 (1) pp. 46-56. Cadair


Welsh, M. 2013. Repositioning the Shire Valley Project - Part 1: Regulating an unruly nature. The Society of Malawi Journal 66 (2) pp. 51-60. Cadair


Whitehead, M., Jones, R., Pykett, J., Welsh, M. 2012. Geography, libertarian paternalism and neuro-politics in the UK. Geographical Journal 178 (4) pp. 302-307. Cadair