Laurie Parsons

  • Lecturer in Human Geography - Royal Holloway, University of London

Research interests

Laurie Parsons is a Lecturer in Human Geography at Royal Holloway, University of London. His work examines the contested politics of climate change on socio-economic inequalities, patterns of work and mobilities. In particular, Laurie's work examines how social and econonomic structures - from gender to labour - shape the experience and impacts of climate change, influencing the outcomes of environmental changes in a way that extends beyond physical geography.

His first book, Going Nowhere Fast: Mobile Inequality in the Age of Translocality was published by Oxford University Press in 2020 and explores how envionrmental processes interact with social norms and cultural prejudices to influence migration. These ideas are also explored in a forthcoming edited book "Climate Change in the Global Workplace" (May, 2021), which emphasises the role of economic inequalities and working practices in shaping impacts, adaptation and resistance to climate change. 

More broadly, Laurie's work examines how global economic flows serve both to conceal carbon emissions and worsen climate change impacts. He is Principal Investigator of the ESRC-FCDO funded project The Disaster Trade: The Hidden Footprint of UK Imports and Investment Overseas which examines the impact of the globalised economy on skirting carbon emission regulations and promulgating disasters in global Southern countries. 

Strongly committed to policy engagement, Laurie has conducted large-scale projects examining inequalities in Cambodia’s economic development for Transparency International, Plan International, Save the Children, CARE International, ActionAid, the IDRC and the Royal University of Phnom Penh, among others.