Dr Marc Welsh

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


I am a political and historical geographer interested in the state, its relations with nature and citizens, and the processes of globalization and territorial governance.

PhD at Aberystwyth University 2011. Prior to this I conducted ecological research at the University of Leicester (1992-3) and for the Royal Geographical Society (1991-2). I completed an MSc in Environmental Impact Assessment (1995), worked for ADAS, the Welsh Office, local government and non-governmental organisations (Director of Wales Environment Link 2000-2005) on aspects of environmental policy development, and completed an MA in Political Geography in 2006.

Post-doctoral research has included the 'Time-Spaces of Soft Paternalism' project and the five year GLOBAL-RURAL research project

I served as Executive Editor for the journal ‘Regional Studies’ (2013-14) and helped established ‘Territory, Politics, Governance’ (Journal Manager 2013-2016).

Over recent years I have taught undergraduate and post-graduate modules based in DGES, and currently lecture and coordinate modules on the interdisciplinary integrated Foundation Year scheme.


Module Coordinator

Additional current teaching


  • GS28190 - Geographical Perspectives on the Sustainable Society
  • GS20410 - Concepts for Geographers
  • GS00220 - Foundation in Liberal Arts
  • GS00120 - Foundation - Dialogue
  • GS00320 - Learning Experience 
  • GS14220 - Place and Identity
  • EAM4420 - Risk Management and Resilience in a Changing Environment
  • GG29520 - Berlin Fieldtrip
  • GS11000 - Living with Global Change


My research has 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.

PhD concentrated on the historical hydrosocial relations and geopolitical ecology of Nyasaland/Malawi.

Recent research has included acting as Research Associate on the project 'The Global Countryside: Rural Change and Development in Globalization' (GLOBAL-RURAL). This European Research Council funded five-year research project (Feb 2014 - Jan 2019) aimed to advance understanding of globalization and its workings in and through rural localities. The Principal Investigator was Professor Mike Woods and the research team includes Dr Jesse Heley, Dr Laura Jones and Dr. Sam Saville. Other scholarship focuses on 'algorithmic governmentality' and 'corporate governmentality' and the spatial politics of ‘regions’.


Welsh, M & Heley, J 2023, 'Rural-regionalism in the 21st century: A tale of no cities', International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, vol. 11, no. 7, pp. 1439-1458. 10.1080/21622671.2021.1916579
Woods, M, Fois, F, Heley, J, Jones, L, Onyeahialam, AI, Saville, S & Welsh, M 2021, 'Assemblage, place and globalisation', Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, vol. 46, no. 2, pp. 284-298. 10.1111/tran.12430
Welsh, M 2020, Personalisation, Power and the Datafied Subject. in U Kohl & J Eisler (eds), Data-Driven Personalisation and the Law. Cambridge University Press.
Heley, J, Welsh, M & Saville, S 2020, 'The fanta-sy of global products: Fizzy-drinks, differentiated ubiquity and the placing of globalization', Globalizations, vol. 17, no. 4, pp. 683-697. 10.1080/14747731.2019.1686821
Heley, J, Goodwin-Hawkins, B, Woods, M & Welsh, M 2019, 'The ‘problem’ of Mid Wales and rethinking rural-urban relations in wales after BREXIT', WISERD Annual Conference 2019, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, 03 Jul 2019 - 04 Jul 2019.
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