I have research interests in rural social and cultural geography, society/environment relations, historical geography, and philosophy and social theory in geography. Much of my work focuses on material and symbolic constructions of rural space, particularly linked rural gentrification. This work has included consideration of post-carbon transition, nature and landscape transformations, climate change mitigation and adaptation, comparative research, and processes of social and more-than-human displacement. This research connects to wider interests in society and environment relations. I am currently a member of the Programme Coordination Team of UKRI Landscape Decision Team, and in relation to this I am developing research addressing issues of changing rural land use and their potential impacts on senses of landscape and belonging. Other research interests include the study heritage and museum geographies sociologies of knowledge filmic geographies and the symbolic and affective dimensions of community. I am current Chair of the Rural Geography Research Group as well a member of the AHRC and ESRC Peer Review Colleges.
Recent publications include:
Phillips, M., Smith, D. Brooking, H. and Duer, M. (2021) 'The agencies of living-landscapes in rural gentrification: impressions from the wood, the village and the moortop'. Sociologia Ruralis, 61 (4), 778-807.
Phillips, M., Smith, D. Brooking, H. and Duer, M. (2021) 'Re-placing displacement in gentrification studies: temporality and multi-dimensionality in rural gentrification displacement', Geoforum 118, 66-82.
Smith, D.P., Phillips, M., Kinton, C. and Culora, A. (2021) 'The (im)mobilities of gentrifers and the temporalities of rural gentrification', Population, Space and Place, 27 (7), 27, e2496
Phillips, M. and Dickie, J. (2019) 'Moving to or from a carbon dependent countryside', Journal of Transport Geography, 74, pp. 253-268.
Phillips, M. and Dickie, J. (2019) 'Post carbon ruralities', in Scott, M., Gallent, N. and Gkartzios, M. (eds.) Routledge Companion to Rural Planning (London: Routledge), pp. 521-547.
Smith, D.P., Phillips, M., Kinton, C. and Culora, A. (2019) 'Rural population geographies in the changing differentiated countryside', in Scott, M., Gallent, N. and Gkartzios, M. (eds.) Routledge Companion to Rural Planning (London: Routledge), pp. 239-260
Smith, D., Phillips, M., Brooking, H. and Duer, M. (2019) 'The dynamics of rural gentrification and the effects of ageing on gentrified rural places', Ager: Journal of Depopulation and Rural Development Studies 27, 129-157.
Lam B, Phillips M., Kelemen M., Zamenopoulos T., Moffat S, de Sousa S. (2018) 'Design and creative methods as a practice of liminality in community-academic research projects'. The Design Journal 21, pp. 1-20.
Phillips, M. and Smith, D. (2018) 'Comparative approaches to gentrification: lessons from the rural', Dialogues in Human Geography 8 (1), 3-25
Phillips, M. (2018) 'Gentrification and landscape change', in Lees, L. and Phillips, M. (eds) Handbook of Gentrification (London: Edward Elgar Publishing), pp. 81-102
I currently teach on the following modules:
GY1411 Human Geography for a Globalised World; GY2414 Research Design and Methods; GY2415 Geographical Research in the Field; GY3417 Critical Symbolic and Emotional Rural Geographies; GY7411 Contemporary Critical Geographies; GY7412 Creative Geographies in Practice; and GY7420/7720 Dissertation
Rural social change; Rural landscape change; Attitudes to climate change and climate change mitigation policies.
Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts; Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society; Member of the AHRC and ESRC Peer Review Colleges; Chair of the Rural Geography Research Group of the Royal Geographical Society; Affiliate member of the Community Animation and Social Innovation Centre, University of Keele; Member of the Research Centre for Co-Creating Systems of Regional Planning and Management, Tokyo Metropolitan University, Tokyo, Japan.