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Dr Edward Wigley

Profile summary

  • Research Staff
  • Post Doctoral Research Associate
  • Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences
  • School of Polis, Phil, Econ, Dev, Geog
  • Geography
  • edward.wigley

Professional biography

I began my academic life at the University of Lancaster with a degree in Religious Studies, following this with a MA at The Open University in 2012.  Partway through the MA, I realised that geography provided the lens on everyday life, structures and beliefs that I had been looking for so packed my bags and headed to University of the West of England in Bristol to pursue a PhD exploring the personal practice of religion and spirituality through the new mobilities framework.

Since completing my PhD in 2016, I have worked on a variety of projects including understanding resident’s perceptions of economic migrants and currently on the ESRC funded Smart Cities in the Making: Learning from Milton Keynes project.

Research interests

Research interests include: smart and urban geographies, sacred space, geographies of religion and spirituality and globalisation and migration.

I am currently working on the Smart Cities in the Making: Learning from Milton Keynes – more information available at


Wigley, E., (2017 – online first), ‘Constructing subjective spiritual geographies in everyday mobilities: the practice of prayer and meditation in corporeal travel’ Social and Cultural Geography.

Wigley, E., (2016), ‘The Sunday morning journey to church considered as a form of ‘micro-pilgrimage’’, Social and Cultural Geography, vol. 17, no.5, pp.694-713.

Teaching interests

I have taught on a variety of topics drawing from geographies of national and ethnic identity, people and place, social and cultural geography, urban geography and mobilities, globalisation and migration, sociologies of ageing, religion and spirituality.

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