School of Geography

British Academy Postdoctoral Fellows Announced

14 June 2019

I am delighted to share the very exciting news that we will have two new colleagues joining us next year, each to take up 3-year British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowships in the School.


Dr Jessie Speer (already an honorary fellow in the School and most recently of Syracuse University) will be joining in September to pursue her project ‘Analysing the legal geographies of housing displacement through life narratives of homelessness in the United Kingdom’, mentored by Jon May. You can find out more about her research via:


Dr Carlo Inverardi-Ferri (currently at the University of Fribourg in Switzerland) will be joining us in January to undertake his research project on ‘Toxic Work: Rethinking the place of diseases and the role of the human body in the global electronics industry’, mentored by Adrian Smith. You can read more about Carlo’s work via his Fribourg webpage:


I am sure that you would want to join me in congratulating Jessie and Carlo on being awarded these prestigious fellowships. Only 53 awards were made in total this year across all universities and eligible disciplines; that we will host two outstanding fellows here in the School of Geography is a wonderful privilege and a stellar achievement.


I look forward to welcoming both Jessie and Carlo to our growing community of independently funded postdocs in the school, (their awards follow Azeezat’s success with this year’s Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship Scheme). Elsewhere in the faculty too there have been some remarkable successes and I am attaching a spreadsheet which details all of our externally-funded fellows and the new strategic lectureship appointees. Queen Mary is an exciting place to be right now!


Congratulations again to Jessie and Carlo and to Jon, Adrian and others who have supported them in their applications.