Dr Helena Pimlott-Wilson

Ph.D. (Liverpool)

  • School Director of Placements and Study Exchange
  • Reader in Geography

Academic career

  • 2020 onwards: Reader in Geography, Loughborough University
  • 2018-2020: Senior Lecturer in Human Geography, Loughborough University
  • 2015-2018: 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

  • 2019-present: Acting Chair, GCYFRG, RGS-IBG.
  • 2017-present: Treasurer, GCYFRG, RGS-IBG. 
  • 2017: Guest editor (with Sarah Marie Hall) Area.

Helena's 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.

Helena is 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. 

Her 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.

Helena's 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"