Organising Committee

Alex Hardy

Alex’s PhD research is interdisciplinary, based in both the Geopolitics and Information Security departments. He is interested in everyday cyber securities, and how social, cultural and (geo)political differences shape public cyber security concerns and narratives. His project is a comparison of the UK and Estonia, chosen for the latters embrace of e-governance and perceived excellence in cyber security.

Twitter: @alexhardy1987


Nick Robinson

Nick’s research is primarily grounded in Estonia, focusing on the multitude of digital technologies its government have started to employ since the regaining of independence from the Soviet Union in 1991. Exploring initiatives such as Estonian e-Residency, the government’s use of blockchain technology, and now the utilisation of ‘data embassies’, Nick’s work aims to develop a greater understanding of the impact these technologies have on our traditional conceptualisations of the nation-state, border and embassy.

Twitter: @nickdr92


Nicola Wendt

Nicola is a second-year PhD student and part of the interdisciplinary Magna Carta Doctoral Centre for Individual Freedom, funded by the Leverhulme Trust. Having a strong interest in Indigenous Rights and Arctic Geopolitics, her PhD project focuses on political identity formation in the digital public sphere of Greenland. Using Community Based Participatory Action Research Methods, Nicola’s research investigates the intersection of the digital and the social, looking at how technology-induced transitions are negotiated against a backdrop of historic and contemporary inequalities.


Adam Badger

Adam is a Second-Year PhD student based in the Geography and Management Departments. Coming from a Cultural Geography background, he is studying the way in which the sociomaterial nature of technology is changing the way that we are experiencing work today. Focus is also on how this technology can be harnessed, subverted, and exploited by workers in the so-called gig-economy in collaboration with Trade-Unions in order to secure workers’ rights. About to embark on the field-work stage of his PhD, Adam is hoping to work ethnographically in order to develop deeper understandings of the ways in which the ‘digital’ and ‘non-digital’ worlds mesh on a day-to-day basis and manifest as lived experiences, day to day.

Twitter: @AdamBadger1


Laura Shipp

My name’s Laura and I’m in the first year of my PhD at Royal Holloway, studying under both the Geography Department and Information Security. My current research interests are in cyber security and feminist geopolitics and the way these two research areas can intersect and interact with one another. In particular, I’m interested in the impact digital technology can have on intimate and bodily spaces.

Twitter: @ShippLaura


Emily Hopkins

I’m Emily Hopkins, I am a first year PhD student specialising in urban and cultural geographies! My research focuses on creative policy and placemaking in ordinary cities. Looking at Coventry as a mid-sized UK city, this PhD hopes to provide a narrative of culture-led urban policy in cities. Through in-depth ethnographic methods, I aim to approach the idea of the creative city discourse from a community level. This wants to celebrate the everyday banalities and nuances that can be overlooked despite their great importance in the creation of the ordinary places in which people live. When I’m not PhD-ing, I spend my time drawing and cooking.

Twitter: @emilyhopkins_


Nina Willment

Hey! I’m Nina and I’m a first year PhD student in Geography at Royal Holloway University of London. My research seeks to advance understanding of the wider politics of creative labour through in-depth understanding of the working lives, spaces and careers of travel bloggers. In particular, I look at travel blogger’s constructions of their creative careers; the aesthetic, affective, curatorial and aspirational components of their work; and their varied workspaces. In my spare time, I absolutely love travelling, anything to do with dachshunds and upcycling furniture!

Twitter: @ninawillment


Ed Brookes

My Names Ed, and I’m a first year PhD student at Royal Holloway. My current research focuses on urban geography, with a particular interests in social housing, architecture and home. My PhD combines these themes as it looks to explore the social history of the Robin Hood Gardens council estate in East London during its demolition. As part of that I’m also heavily involved with contemporary archaeology and how it can be used by cultural geography as a toolkit for exploring urban spaces.

Looking beyond my academic interests, I fill my time with manufacturing unhealthy baked goods and consuming large amounts of dystopian science fiction.

Twitter: @EdBrookesRHUL