Research at Leeds Beckett
Dr John Willott
About Dr John Willott
Following a PhD in Environmental Sciences at the University of East Anglia, John gained a Royal Society Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at Manchester University. For this, as well as research on tropical forest loss, he managed a research station in northern Borneo. He subsequently worked on the EU-funded MEDALUS programme at Leeds University on climate change, desertification and land use in the Mediterranean region.
After an academic career break, he joined Leeds Beckett University, securing EU funding to deliver projects on social inclusion and improving access to Higher Education and employment. From these developed new research interests in marginalised groups, particularly refugees.
He now combines these research interests on people, environment and development.
John is Course Leader for Postgraduate Courses in Politics and Applied Global Ethics (MA Peace & Development; MA International Relations; MA International Political Economy).
He is Module Leader for Understanding Security, Applied Critical Perspectives, Voluntary Work Practice and the Undergraduate Independent Project (Dissertation), and contributes sessions to a number of other modules.
He currently supervises nine PhD students as well as postgraduate and undergraduate dissertations, and is Chair of the Faculty Research Ethics Committee.
John has recently been working on a UN-funded project to combat violence against women in Uganda, Cambodia and Nepal. He has authored Acid Violence in Uganda: A Situational Analysis, presented to the government, legal, health and social services to promote coordinated action to address the problem.
Among his current PhD students are those working on environment and local communities in Bangladesh and Ghana, and with Kashmiri and refugee populations in the UK.