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Dr Andrew Power BA Geography & Anthropology; MA Geography; PhD Geography

Associate Professor in Human Geography

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Dr Andrew Power is currently Associate Professor in Human Geography. He joined Geography and Environmental Science at the University of Southampton in April 2011. He received his PhD from the Geography Department at National University of Ireland Maynooth.

Personalisation has sought to change the emphasis from what service people want, to what kind of life people want. My research has sought to tell the difference.

Prior to coming to Southampton, Andrew was an ESRC Post-Doctoral Fellow at the University of Lancaster. He subsequently worked as a Research Associate at the Centre for Disability Law and Policy (Faculty of Law) at the National University of Ireland.



B.A. (Geography and Anthropology) National University of Ireland Maynooth (NUIM) 2005

M.A. in Geographical Analysis, NUIM, 2001

Ph.D. (Geography) (Supervisor: Prof. Rob Kitchin), NUIM 2005



2008 – 2011 Research Associate, Centre for Disability Law & Policy, National University of Ireland, Galway.

2007 – 2008 ESRC Postdoctoral Fellow, School of Health and Medicine, Lancaster University.



2007-2008 Postdoctoral Fellowship UK Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)

2001- 2005 PhD Fellowship - National Institute for Regional and Spatial Analysis, University of Ireland, Maynooth.


Google Scholar research profile

Research interests

There are three core inter-related strands to my current research interests:

Geographies of disability, welfare and independent living

This field of work is particularly focused on inclusive research with disabled people* (*preferred term in UK) to enable them achieve independent living. It includes a particular interest in the roll-out of direct payments and personal budgets and the reform of conventional services to become more responsive and flexible to meet people’s requirements. I am currently a named researcher on a related project focusing on the use of the web to help cultivate better connections between disabled people, academics and national and local stakeholders:

  • Prof. Melanie Nind (PI), Dr Andrew Power (Co-I), Dr Sarah Parsons, Clare Hooper (01 Oct. 14 – 30 Sep. 15) Participation and Responsible Innovation in Co-Design for Exchange (PRICE), Web Science Institute Research Collaboration Stimulus Fund, £14,332.

I was also an invited Speaker at the ESRC Research Seminar Series, Rethinking Learning Disability: Contexts, Voices, Policies, 2012-13, Jointly hosted by Prof. Chris Philo, Dr Ed Hall and Dr Murray Simpson, University of Dundee and University of Glasgow.

Geographies of Voluntarism

This research area focuses largely on the management, funding, politics, and operation of the community and voluntary sector. This is particularly within the context of welfare provision and the voluntary sector’s relationship with the state. More recently however, this interest has extended to examine how groups come together and ‘self-build’ networks for social encounter, informal learning, support and wellbeing. My current work in this field is primarily through being a named researcher on an AHRC funded project examining the processes and strategies of community voluntary organisations involved in local heritage projects:

  • Dr Karen Smyth (UEA) (PI), Dr Jon Gregory (UEA), Dr Andrew Power (named Co-I) (01 Jul. 2014 - 30 Jun. 2015) Preserving Place: A Cultural Mapping Exercise, Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), £66,310.47.
Care & Family Caregiving

I have an established research interest in the literature on geographies of care, particularly within the context of family caregiving. I am particularly interested in the dynamic and contested nature of care as a concept within different contexts of disability, mental health and ageing.

In terms of current work in this field, I have convened the ‘Placing Care in Times of Austerity’ Session with Dr Ed Hall (Dundee University) for the Royal Geographical Society/Institute of British Geographers Annual Conference, London 2013 and am currently guest editing a special issue on this theme for the journal, Social and Cultural Geography.

I have also recently been invited to be a speaker at an international conference, Radicalising Care (22 November 2014) in Open University of Catalonia, Barcelona.

Dates Award Holder(s) Funding Body Title Value
22 Feb. 18 – 21 Feb. 20 Dr Andrew Power (PI), Prof. Melanie Nind, Dr Ed Hall Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Reclaiming social care: Adults with learning disabilities seizing opportunities in the shift from day services to community lives (ESRC funded study: ES/P011764/1) £ 371,246
01 Sep. 15 – 30 Aug. 16 Dr Andrew Power (PI) & Prof. Melanie Nind Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Impact Acceleration Award SPIRIT – Southampton Platform for Involvement in Research and Ideas Transfer £10,000
01 Mar. 15 – 21 Dec. 15 Dr Andrew Power (PI) & Dr Mariela Gaete Reyes Santander Latin America – UK Award Geographies of Disability, Ageing and Housing in UK & Chile £5,000
21 Jan. 15 – 21 Dec. 15 Dr Andrew Power (PI) & Dr Ruth Bartlett The British Society of Gerontology ‘Averil Osborn’ Award SPARTAN – Self- and Peer-Advocacy Reinforced Through Active Networks £2,982
01 Oct .14 –30 Sep. 15 Prof. Melanie Nind (SEdS) (PI), Dr Sarah Parsons (SEdS), Dr Andrew Power (Geography; Co-I), Clare Hooper (IT innovation), Barod ( Web Science Institute Research Collaboration Stimulus Fund PRICE – Participation and Responsible Innovation in Co-Design for Exchange £14,332
01 Jul. 14 -30 Jun. 15 Dr Karen Smyth (UEA) (PI), Dr Jon Gregory (UEA), Dr Andrew Power (named Co-I) Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Preserving Place: A Cultural Mapping Exercise £66,310.47
01 Oct. 12-30 Dec. 13 Andrew Power (PI), Dr Ruth Bartlett (Health Sci), Prof. Graham Crow (NCRM) Faculty Interdisciplinary Research Development Fund What Do Welcoming Communities Look Like for Older Adults with Autism? £8,567.36
01 Oct. 12- 30 Dec. 13 Andrew Power (PI), Dr Ruth Bartlett (Health Sci), Dr Jim Wright (Geog) Faculty Annual Adventures Research Grant Unveiling the Geographies of Personalisation & Direct Payments £5,000
01 Jun. 11-30 Dec. 12 Dr Doug Andrews (Mathematics) (PI), Dr Andrew Power (named Co-I) The Actuarial Profession Responding to the Dilnot Commission: Information Gathering Regarding Long Term Care in Ten Countries, 2011 £40,000
Nov. 2007 Dr Andrew Power Foundation for the Sociology of Health & Illness Workshop Grant 2007 Debates in Informal Caregiving Workshop. £1,000
01 Apr. 07 –30 Mar. 08 Dr Andrew Power Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Postdoctoral Fellowship Landscapes of Care: An international study of informal care and care support £50,581
Nov. 2004 Dr Andrew Power Royal Geographical Society (in association with the Institute for British Geographers) Conference Grant Emerging and New Research in the Geographies of Health and Impairment £500
01 Sep. 01 – 30 Aug. 04 Dr Andrew Power National Institute for Regional & Spatial Analysis (NIRSA) Doctoral Research Fellowship 2001. (The Atlantic Philanthropies) Landscapes of Care: A Geographical Study of Informal Care & Care Support in Ireland using International Comparisons £50,000

Research group

Population, Health and Wellbeing (PHeW)

Affiliate research group

Economy, Society and Governance

Research project(s)

Care theme

PRICE (Participation and Responsible Innovation in Co-Design for Exchange)

The TimeBank is a community initiated concept from our external partner Barod aimed at matching people needing and offering skills and at addressing problems associated with payment.

SPIRIT (Southampton Platform for Inclusive Research and Ideas Transaction)

Reclaiming social care: Adults with learning disabilities seizing opportunities in the shift from day services to community lives


Examinations Officer for Geography & Environment

Ethics Reviewer for Faculty (FSHMS) Research Ethics and Governance Office

ESRC DTC Human Geography Pathway Co-ordinator (Semester 2, 2015-16 - present)

External Examiners Scrutiny Group (AQSC sub-group)



Royal Geographic Society / Institute of British Geographers: Vice-Chair of the Geographies of Health and Wellbeing Research Group.

Andrew is currently co-supervising PhD candidates Eleni Bourantani (Geography Studentship), James Lowe (Geography Studentship), Josh Green (Geography Studentship), Sinead O'Donnell (Centre for Disability Law and Policy).

He has previously co-supervised Bevis Fenner to completion (2016).

Prospective students with ideas for PhD projects in any of my research areas should feel encouraged to contact me for an informal chat.



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Book Chapters



GEOG1003 Society, Culture and Space (Convenor)

GEOG2035 Practising Human Geographical Research (Amsterdam Fieldtrip)

GEOG3053 Geographies of Social Justice, Welfare and Rights (Convenor)


Small group tutor for:

GEOG1010 Geographical Skills

GEOG2008 Researching Human Geography



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