Geography and Environment


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

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Senior 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.


Professional responsibilities:

2017 onwards: Treasurer, GCYFRG, RGS-IBG.
2017: Guest editor (with Sarah Marie Hall) Area.

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 and diverse 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 of UK and Kazakh students; (ii) children’s experiences of parental employment and gender roles; (iii) Forest Schools and their role in mainstream education; (iv) family raves, sub-cultural identities and parenting practices.

My teaching focuses on social and economic geography.

Current postgraduate research students

Andreas Culora: The Diverse Geographies of Housing in Multiple Occupation within Charnwood

Rosie Austin: Youth Leadership in the Scout Association

Pimlott-Wilson, H. and Hall, S.M. (2017) Editorial introduction: Everyday Experiences of Economic Change: Repositioning Geographies of Children, Youth and Families. Area, 49(3): 258-265

Pimlott-Wilson, H. (2017) Individualising the future: the emotional geographies of neoliberal governance in young peoples' aspirations. Area, 49(3): 288-295

Holloway, S.L. and Pimlott-Wilson, H. (2016) New Economy, Neoliberal State and Professionalized Parenting: mothers’ labour market engagement and state support for social reproduction in class-differentiated Britain. Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, 41(4): 376-388 (Open Access)

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, 47(9): 1892-1906 (Repository version downloadable here)

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 Geographers, 104(3): 613-627 (Open Access)

Holloway, S.L. and Pimlott-Wilson, H. (2014) ‘Any advice is welcome isn't it?’: Neoliberal parenting education, local mothering cultures, and social class.  Environment and Planning A, 46(1): 96-111 (Open Access)

Pimlott-Wilson, H. (2012) Work-life reconciliation: Including children in the conversation.  Geoforum, 43(5): 916-925 (Repository version downloadable here)

Holloway, S.L. and Pimlott-Wilson, H. (2012) Neoliberalism, policy localisation and idealised subjects: a case study of educational restructuringTransactions of the Institute of British Geographers, 37 (4): 639-654 (Repository version downloadable here)