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Emma is a senior lecturer with expertise in Geography, Sociology and Education. She is a member of the Institute of Environment, Health and Societies (Welfare, Health and Wellbeing theme) and was Director of the Centre for Human Geography (2012-15). Emma studied Geography at the University of Aberdeen and, after completing her PGCE (Secondary) at the University of Edinburgh and a brief foray into teaching, was awarded a scholarship by the University of St Andrews to undertake her PhD in Social and Historical Geography. Her broad research interests attend to: education, training and welfare-to-work; housing; family, parenting and care; embodiment, body work and emotional labour. Emma’s work has been funded through grants awarded by the ESRC, British Academy, Barclays, the Learning and Skills Council, the Money Advice Service, and Brunel University London. Emma is currently a member of the ESRC peer review college (2010-2019), external examiner at Newcastle University (2015-18), and acts as a regular reviewer for various academic journals. In 2006 Emma was awarded the Newbigin Prize by the Royal Scottish Geographical Society for her paper published in the Scottish Geographical Journal. Recent work has been published in Area, Sociology of Health and Illness, British Journal of Sociology of Education, Geoforum and an edited collection of papers on Women, Work-life Balance and Quality of Life in Gender, Place and Culture. From January 2018, Emma is one of the editors of the British Educational Research Journal.


PhD in Social Geography, University of St Andrews

PGC in Higher Education, Brunel University London

PGC in Secondary Education (Geography and Modern Studies), Moray House, University of Edinburgh

MA (Hons) Geography (1st Class), University of Aberdeen


Senior Tutor

University's British Academy review panel

Newest selected publications

Chappell, A., McHugh, E. and Wainwright, E. (2018) 'Successful Students: Exploring the factors that encourage and enable students from a widening participation background to stay the course'. Place of publication: Brunel University London.Open Access Link


Wainwright, E., Marandet, E. and Rizvi, S. (2018) 'The body-space relations of research(ed) on bodies: The experiences of becoming participant researchers.'. Area (Oxf), 50 (2). pp. 283 - 290. ISSN: 0004-0894 Open Access Link

Journal article

Aldridge, D., Biesta, G., Filippakou, O. and Wainwright, E. (2018) '9 Why the nature of educational research should remain contested: A statement from the new editors of the British Educational Research Journal'. BRITISH EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH JOURNAL, 44 (1). pp. 1 - 4. ISSN: 0141-1926 Open Access Link

Journal article

Wainwright, E. and Marandet, E. (2018) 'Housing Associations as institutional space: Care and control in tenant welfare and training for work'. Area. ISSN: 0004-0894 Open Access Link

Journal article

Wainwright, E. and Marandet, E. (2017) 'Social housing and new forms of tenant engagement: welfare, governance and active citizenship. A report of findings.'.Open Access Link

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