Dr Helena Pimlott-Wilson Ph.D. (Liverpool)

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Lecturer in Human Geography

Academic Career

2015 onwards: Lecturer in Human Geography, Loughborough University. 
2012-15: British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow, Loughborough University. 
2008-2011: Research Associate, Loughborough University. 
2008: Research Associate, University of Nottingham. 
2007-2008: Research Fellow, University of Surrey. 
2004-2007: Senior Research Consultant, Insite Research and Consultancy.

I am a social and cultural geographer with interests in the ‘Geographies of Children, Youth and Families’ and work and employment.

My recent work brings together these themes investigating the school-to-work ambitions and family life aspirations of young people drawn from socio-economically diverse areas.  Funded by the British Academy, this work explores the emotion burdens young people anticipate as they endeavour to achieve a successful future in the context of an individualising political milieu of aspiration and economic uncertainty.  The research also looks at the combined effects gender ideology, local labour markets and family employment history have on young peoples’ attitudes to work-life balance for both themselves and their parents.

I am also interested in the geographies of education and learning, examining how neoliberal education policy is implemented, experienced, accepted and resisted by educators anddiverse subjects of education.  Through a focus on primary education, this research is concerned with the localised implementation of neoliberal policy, the growth of enrichment activities and the interplay between parenting education and local moral geographies of mothering. 

My research interests also encompass: (i) international higher education and the mobility ofUK and Kazakh students; (ii) educational strategies that contribute to overcoming inequalities and promote social cohesion in schools; (iii) children’s experiences of parental employment and gender roles.


Year 1: Geographies of Identity.

Year 2: Geographical Research - Design and Practice. 

Year in Industry:  Placement Director (module convenor). 

Final year: Feminist Geographies of Home; Dissertation.

Pimlott-Wilson, H(2015) Individualising the future: the emotional geographies of neoliberal governance in young peoples' aspirations Area, 

Pimlott-Wilson, H. (2015) Parental responsibility for paid employment and social reproduction: children’s experiences in middle class and working class households in England.  Environment and Planning A

Holloway, S.L. and Pimlott-Wilson, H. (2014) Enriching Children, Institutionalizing Childhood? Geographies of Play, Extracurricular Activities, and Parenting in England.  Annals of the Association of American Geographers104(3): 613-627 (Open access publication – download here)

Pimlott-Wilson, H (2012) Work-life reconciliation: Including children in the conversation,Geoforum, 43(5), pp.916-925, ISSN: 0016-7185. DOI: 10.1016/j.geoforum.2012.05.005.

Pimlott-Wilson, H (2012) Visualising children's participation in research: Lego Duplo, rainbows and clouds and moodboardsInternational Journal of Social Research Methodology, 15(2), pp.135-148, ISSN: 1364-5579. 

Brooks, R., Waters, J. and Pimlott-Wilson, H.  (2012) International education and the employability of UK students.  British Educational Research Journal, 38(2): 281-298

Pimlott-Wilson, H. (2011) The Role of Familial Habitus in Shaping Children’s Views of their Future Employment.  Children’s Geographies Special Issue on ‘Education and Aspiration’, 9(1): 111-118

Holloway, S.L. and Pimlott-Wilson, H. (2011) The politics of aspiration: neo-liberal education policy, ‘low’ parental aspirations, and primary school Extended Services in disadvantaged communities.  Children’s Geographies Special Issue on ‘Education and Aspiration’, 9(1): 79-94