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Ms Angharad Butler-Rees BA (Hons) Geography

Postgraduate Research Student

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Ms Angharad Butler-Rees is a Postgraduate Research Student within Geography and Environmental Science at the University of Southampton.

I graduated from Durham University in June 2016 with a BA (Hons.) in Geography, before beginning my postgraduate studies at the University of Southampton in September 2016. My current research explores disability activism in times of austerity.

Research interests

My main research interests include goegraphies of disability, welfare, austerity, identity and activism.

At present, my PhD research explores the nature of disability activism at times of austerity. Austerity cuts have brought a new era of oppression for disabled people and a very direct attack on their lives. Such changes have been accompanied by recent growth in activism, as individuals find ways of resisting and coping under increasingly difficult conditions. Limited research has explicitly explored the lives of those involved in acts of public and private resistance, and the places in which these acts take place. My thesis will therefore examine the spaces, roots and experiences of their advocacy, whilst exploring whether the development of personal and private forms of resistance are beginning to challenge the traditional understanding of ‘activism’. The research will seek to critically interrogate three research questions:

  1. How and why have individuals become involved in disability activism?
  2. Are traditional places of activism being closed down and new spaces opening up?
  3. Might the development of more personal, or private forms of resistance, begin to challenge what critical human geographers traditionally perceive as ‘activism’?

Title: Disability Activism in Times of Austerity

Supervisors: Dr Andrew Power and Dr Eleanor Wilkinson

Funding: This project is funded through a postgraduate scholarship provided by the University of Southampton.

Grants: RGS-IBG Albert Reckitt Award (£2,000)


Research group

Population, Health and Wellbeing (PHeW)

2017 – Present: Postgraduate Representative of RGS-IBG Political Geography Research Group (PolGRG)

2017 – Present: Geography Postgraduate Student Representative

2016 – Postgraduate Representative on the FSHMS Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Committee

2017-2018 Postgraduate demonstrator on:

  • GEOG2035 Practising Human Geographical Research (Fieldcourse)
  • GEOG3053 Geographies of Social Justice, Welfare and Rights
  • GEOG3069 Water, People and Environment: Cambodia Field Course
  • GEOG6104 Water, People & Environment: Cambodia Field Course

2016-2017 Postgraduate demonstrator on:

  • GEOG1003 Society, Culture & Space
  • GEOG2035 Practising Human Geographical Research (Fieldcourse)
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