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Dr Nissa Finney

Dr Nissa Finney

Reader in Human Geography

Researcher profile

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I joined the University of St Andrews in August 2015 having previously worked at the University of Manchester (2006-2015) where I was Lecturer, Hallsworth Fellow, ESRC Fellow and member of the Cathie Marsh Institute for Social Research. Prior to that I worked in the Department of Geography at the University of Liverpool and at the University of Sheffield. I obtained my PhD in Geography (2004) from the University of Wales Swansea.


I teach at sub-honours, honours and postgraduate levels on migration, ethnicity, integration, inequalities, neighbourhood, population change, research methods, and mixed methods, including:

  • GG3273 Scrutinizing Segregation: Geographies of Diversity and Inequality
  • GG2011 Geographies of Global Change (Population Geography block)
  • GG1001/2 and GG2011/12 tutorials
  • SG4221 Review Essay in Geography
  • GG5101 Being a Social Scientist
  • Honours Dissertation supervision

Research areas

My work is concerned with residential experiences (where people live and where they move to/from), their drivers (individual migration decision making and structural constraints such as housing markets) and their consequences (for life chances and outcomes of individuals, for neighbourhood composition and cohesion, and for governance). Much of my work examines ethnicity in relation to these themes. My work is broadly, and theoretically, framed by my interest in inequalities and social justice.

My work and approach have been shaped by training in Geography followed by over a decade in an interdisciplinary context, working with Demographers, Sociologists, Social Statisticians, Economists, Epidemiologists and Landscape Architects. I am an advocate of combining qualitative and quantitative research methods. My current work involves collaboration with academic partners in the UK (Manchester, Glasgow, Liverpool, Plymouth), Belgium (VU Brussels), the Netherlands (NIDI, TU Delft) and Spain (UA Barcelona, Girona); and non-academic partners, particularly the Runnymede TrustJoseph Rowntree Foundation and MigrationWorkCIC.

PhD supervision

  • Ilinca Bajenaru

Selected publications


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