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Dr Joanie Willett

Dr Joanie Willett

Senior Lecturer in Environmental Politics

 J.M.A.Willett@exeter.ac.uk

 01326 253798

 Environment and Sustainability Institute 0.13

 

Environment and Sustainability Institute, University of Exeter, Penryn Campus, Penryn, Cornwall, TR10 9FE, UK


Overview

My research explores the relationship between identity and the economy.  I use critical political theory to look at how the economy shapes our identities, and in turn how our identities shape the economy. Recently I have also been working on the link that civic participation and decentralised governance plays in this process.  The majority of my work in this area has been with regards to sustainable communities, regional development, and territorial politics, often in relation to economic development in Cornwall.  I use complexity theory, the new materialisms, art, phenomenologies and some aspects of posthumanist thought to consider these questions, and have recently extended my focus to explore how cultural trends shape attitudes towards the environment and the green economy.  Although firmly based in politics, I have active or previous collaborations with economists, geographers, planners, sociologists, textile designers and artists; and have worked with community groups, policy practitioners and health organisations.  I welcome exploring future collaborations.

I am also a member of Environment and Sustainability Institute and the Politics department in the College of Social Sciences and International Studies.

Qualifications

2010 PhD Politics (University of Exeter)
2005 MA Critical Global Studies (University of Exeter) 
2004 BSc Combined Social Sciences (University of Plymouth)

Career

2014 Lecturer, University of Exeter
2010-2014 Lecturer (Education and Scholarship), University of Exeter

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Publications

Books

Willett J, Giovannini A (2024). An Introduction to UK Politics Place, Pluralism, and Identities., Sage Publications Limited
Willett J (2021). Affective Assemblages and Local Economies., Rowman and Littlefield

Journal articles

Willett J (In Press). Counter-urbanisation and a Politics of Place: a Coastal Community in Cornwall and Rural Gentrification. Habitat International
Willett JMA (In Press). The Production of Place: Perception, Reality and the Politics of Becoming. Political Studies, forthcoming
Willett JMA (In Press). The Production of Place: Perception, Reality, and the Politics of Becoming. Political Studies, Forthcoming
Saunders C, Griffin I, Hackney F, Barbieria A, Hill KJ, West J, Willett J (2024). A social practices approach to encourage sustainable clothing choices. Sustainability, 16
Willett J (2023). Place-Based Rural Development: a Role for Complex Adaptive Assemblages?. Journal of Rural Studies, 97, 583-590 Full text.
Willett J (2022). Minority Cultures, Affective Assemblages, and Inward Migration. Minority Protection, V, 59-85
Willett J, Saunders C, Hackney F, Hill K (2022). The affective economy and fast fashion: Materiality, embodied learning and developing a sensibility for sustainable clothing. Journal of Material Culture, 27(3), 219-237
West J, Saunders C, Willet J (2021). A bottom up approach to slowing fashion: Tailored solutions for consumers. Journal of Cleaner Production, 296
Willett J (2021). The deep story of Leave voters affective assemblages: implications for political decentralisation in the UK. British Politics, 16(2), 203-218
Hackney F, Saunders C, Willett J, Hill K, Griffin I (2020). Stitching a sensibility for sustainable clothing: Quiet activism, affect and community agency. Journal of Arts and Communities, 35-52
Willett J (2019). Challenging peripheralising discourses: Using evolutionary economic geography and, complex systems theory to connect new regional knowledges within the periphery. Journal of Rural Studies, 73, 87-96
Willett JMA (2019). RACHEL MOSELEY. Picturing Cornwall: Landscape, Region, and the Moving Image. Exeter: University of Exeter Press, 2018. Pp. 249. $17.49 (paperback). Journal of British Studies, 58, 867-868
Willett JMA (2019). The Periphery as a Complex Adaptive Assemblage: Local Government and Enhanced Communication to Challenge Peripheralising Narratives. ACME : an International e-Journal for Critical Geographies, 18 (2)
Willett JMA, Cruxon J (2019). Towards a Participatory Representative Democracy?. UK Parish Councils and Community Engagement. British Politics, 14, 311-327
Willett JMA, Tidy R, Tregidga G, Passmore P (2019). Why Did Cornwall Vote for Brexit?. Assessing the Implications for EU Structural Funding Programmes. Environment and Planning C: Politics and Space
Willett J, Cruxon J (2018). Correction to: Towards a participatory representative democracy? UK Parish councils and community engagement. British Politics, 14(3), 328-328
Willett JMA, Lang T (2017). Peripheralisation: a Politics of Place, Affect, Perception and Representation. Sociologia Ruralis, 58(2), 258-275
Willett JMA (2016). Cornwall’s Devolution Deal: Towards a more Sustainable Governance?. The Political Quarterly, 87, 582-589
Willett JMA, Tredinnick-Rowe J (2016). The Fragmentation of the Nation State? Regional Development, Distinctiveness, and the Growth of Nationalism in Cornish Politics. Nations and Nationalism, 22, 768-785
Willett J (2015). Devolution and Localism in England. Regional & Federal Studies, 25(3), 325-327
Willett J (2014). Confident Cornwall: Why British Politics Needs to Stop Marginalising its Regional Nations to Save the UK. Limes: Cultural Regionalistics, October 2014, 69-76
Willett JMA (2014). The Production of Place: Perception, Reality, and the Politics of Becoming. Political Studies, 64, 436-451
Willett JMA, Giovannini A (2014). The Uneven Path of UK Devolution: Top Down vs Bottom up Regionalism in England, Cornwall and the North East Compared. Political Studies Author URL.
Willett JMA, Bosworth G, Giles EL (2013). Image or Identity: the Role of Local Perceptions in the Marketing of Rural Areas. Journal of Destination Marketing, 2(1), 4-13 Author URL.
Willett JMA (2013). Liberal Ethnic Nationalism, Universality, and Cornish Identity. Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism Author URL.
Willett JMA (2013). National Identity and Regional Development: Cornwall and the Campaign for Objective One Funding. National Identities, 15(3), 297-311 Author URL.
Willett J (2012). CORNWALL, REGIONAL POLICY, GOVERNMENT AND GOVERNANCE. Regions Magazine, 276(1), 6-9
Willett J (2011). CORNWALL, THE EXPERIENCE ECONOMY AND THE TOURIST RETURN. Regions Magazine, 278(1), 19-21
Willett JMA, Bosworth, G (2011). Embeddedness or Escapism? Rural Perceptions and Economic Development in Cornwall and Northumberland. Sociologia Ruralis, 51(2), 195-214
Willett J (2011). REGIONAL SURVEY ON TOURISM: CRITICAL PERSPECTIVES. Regions Magazine, 278(1), 11-11
Willett JMA (2009). Sustainable Communities, Innovation, Social Capital and the Inland China Clay Villages. Cornish Studies, 17, 136-156
Willett JMA (2008). Cornish Identity: Vague Notion Or Social Fact?. Cornish Studies, 17, 183-205

Chapters

Willett J (2024). Creating Political Change: from the (Informal) Politics of the Everyday to Formal Politics. In  (Ed) An Introduction to UK Politics: Place, Pluralism, and Identities, Sage
Willett J, Giovannini` A (2024). Introduction. In Willett J, Giovannini A (Eds.) An Introduction to UK Politics: Place, Pluralism, and Identities, Sage
Willett J (2024). Power, Pluralism, and British Politics. In  (Ed) An Introduction to UK Politics: Place, Pluralism, and Identities, Sage
Willett J (2022). The deep story of Leave voters affective assemblages: implications for political decentralisation in the UK. In  (Ed) Interpreting Brexit, Springer Nature, 89-104.
Hackney F, Saunders C, Hill K, Willett J (2021). Changing the world not just our wardrobes: a sensibility for sustainable clothing, care and quiet activism. In Veronica M (Ed) Routledge Fashion Companion,
Willett JMA (2018). Culture, Heritage and the Politics of Becoming. In Silberman N, Labrador A (Eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Public Heritage Theory and Practice, Oxford University Press

Conferences

Willett JMA, Lang T (2013). Peripheralisation: a Critical Analysis of the Politics of Representation. American Association of Geographers Annual Meeting. 8th - 13th Apr 2013
Willett JMA, Lang T (2012). Peripheralisation: a Critical Analysis and the Politics of Representation. Regional Studies European Conference.
Willett JMA (2011). Eco-Towns, Complexity and Understanding. Regional Studies Annual International Conference. 17th - 20th Apr 2011
Willett JMA, Giovannini A (2011). The Dark Side of Devolution: Top Down vs Bottom up Regionalism in England, Cornwall and the North East Compared. Political Studies. 19th - 21st Apr 2011

Reports

Wills J, Woolgrove N, Willett J, Ax T (2021). Peripheral Vision:. Reimagining. Regional Policy for a Greener Union. Britain's Leading Edge and University of Exeter,  Cornwall, Cornwall Council and University of Exeter Author URL.

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