Dr Edward Wigley is a Research Associate in the Geography Discipline at the Open University, having completed his PhD at UWE Bristol in 2016.
Before pursuing a research degree, he completed a BA Hons at Lancaster University and MA with The Open University. Edward’s PhD, Everyday mobilities, place and spirituality, drew together geographies of religion and the new mobilities paradigm and employed a mixed methods approach to explore individual practices of the contemporary religion and spirituality outside of the ‘official’ spaces of worship or attendance such as the church or meditation centre.
Since its completion, he has worked on several projects including exploring established resident attitudes towards recent economic migration and reviewing and implementing a support service for disabled staff at a university.
In addition to research, he has taught on a range of topics across geography and sociology including religion, spirituality, social and cultural geography, urban geography and geographical skills. His current research interests incorporate smart cities, digital and urban geographies, place identity, globalisation and mobilities. Edward now works on SCiM-MK’s Smart Visuals work package.