On communities after Covid-19

Grafton, a small New England settlement in Vermont state, had long been home to those seeking a quiet, unintruded life characterised by low levels of government regulation and civic participation. It seemed like the perfect place to develop a community based on logic and free market principles, and that is exactly what a group of […]

On the challenge of rebuilding local public services

Our public services are looking increasingly broken, and they look more broken in some areas than others. Why should this be? The UK remains one of the most centralised states, yet economic and social challenges play out every day in communities up and down the country. Crucially, local government and its partners are well placed […]

On the dismantling of local public services

Our public services are looking increasingly broken, and they look more broken in some areas than others. Why should this be? The UK remains one of the most centralised states, yet economic and social challenges play out every day in communities up and down the country. Crucially, local government and its partners are well placed […]

On being a geographer

Geography was the one subject that both fascinated me and made sense to me. I was always intrigued by its broad canvas: how could a subject range from understanding the flow of water in rivers to measuring the urban heat island to the challenge of social inequality? Superficially, it can make no sense, and so […]