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Dr Vincent Guermond


Lecturer in Digital Innovation in Business and Society

Room Number: Room 3.37, Francis Bancroft Building, Mile End Campus



Lecturer in Digital Innovation in Business and Society


Vincent Guermond is an economic and development geographer. His research and teaching interests are in the areas of the geographies of digital economies, finance and debt, climate adaptation, migration and development, and social reproduction. He has published in leading academic journals in geography, development studies, and international political economy, including Antipode, Progress in Human Geography, Geoforum, Environment and Planning A, Review in International Political Economy, World Development, and Development and Change. His new book Remittances and Financial Inclusion: Contested Geographies of Marketisation in Senegal and Ghana was published in 2023 with Routledge.

Prior to joining QMUL, Vincent was a Leverhulme Early Career Research Fellow at Royal Holloway, University of London. Between 2020 and 2022, Vincent worked as a Postdoctoral Research Associate in a Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) study in Cambodia and India. The project explored the relationship between climate change, debt, migration and nutrition. It probed at the issue of how to ensure that 'climate resilience' through credit provisioning does not come at the cost of borrowers' emotional and bodily depletion in the context of daily and often slow-onset climate disasters.

Vincent completed his PhD at Queen Mary University of London. His PhD thesis looked at a global migration-development agenda that aims to leverage remittances for development by incorporating remittance flows and households into global finance. Based upon ten months of fieldwork in Senegal and Ghana, his research foregrounded a ‘hybrid’ understanding of uneven and contested geographies of financial incorporation in the global South that requires an integrative approach across economic, financial and development geography. 


Vincent is an Associate Fellow of the HEA (2021)

He is currently working towards a Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy through the Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice (PGCAP) programme at the Queen Mary Academy.


Research Interests:

Vincent works at the intersection of development and economic geography, development studies, and international political economy.  His recent and ongoing works are focused across the following inter-related areas:  

  • Digital and micro- finance
  • Climate adaptation
  • Migration and development
  • Social reproduction


Peer-reviewed articles

Research reports

  • Guermond, V., Parsons, L., Long, L.V., Michiels, S., Brickell, K., Fay, G., Bateman, M., Zanello, G., Natarajan, N., Iskander, D., and Picchioni, F. 2022. Microfinance, over-indebtedness and climate adaptation: New evidence from rural Cambodia. Available at:  
  • Iskander, D., and Picchioni, F. Long, L.V., Parsons, L., Guermond, V., Michiels, S., Brickell, K., Zanello, G., Natarajan, N. 2022. Trapped in the Service of Debt: How the Burdens of Repayment are Fuelling the Health Poverty Trap in Rural Cambodia. Available at:


Other publications (selected)

  • Guermond, V. 2022. Building up debt traps: Risk, climate adaptation and microfinance. Development Economics.
  • Guermond, V., Joseph, N., Natarajan, N. and Parsons, L. 2020. Microfinance loans could spell disaster in the time of coronavirus. The Conversation.
  • Guermond, V. and Datta, K. 2020. Coronavirus slump could hit migrant remittances – and millions who rely on them’. The Conversation.
  • Datta, K. and Guermond, V. 2020. Remittances in Times of Crisis: Reflections on Labour, Social Reproduction, and Digitisation during Covid-19. Antipode Online.
  • Datta, K. and Guermond, V. 2020. Migrant finance under lockdown. Tribune Magazine.
  • Guermond, V. 2019. Financialising migration? Remittances, algorithms and digital finance. Development Economics.


Vincent is interested in supervising PhDs in the areas of micro-, development and climate finance, migration and development, climate adaptation, and social reproduction.

Public Engagement

Vincent is a member of the Royal Geography Society. He is the current Secretary of the RGS Radical Geography Research Group.

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