Phil Emmerson

Phil Emmerson

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences
Doctoral Researcher

Contact details

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Phil Emmerson is a human geographer interested in the roles that laughter plays in space. His AHRC-M3C funded doctoral research uses a series of ethnographic encounters to investigate laughter within residential care homes – so far this has seen him working alongside carers as well as travelling with a Pantomime Company who perform in care settings.


  • (MRes) in Research in Human Geography, University of Birmingham
  • (BSc) First Class honours degree in Geography, University of Birmingham


Phil completed his BSc in Geography in 2013 and was awarded a first class honors. He achieved an MRes in ‘Research in Human Geography’ in 2014 (awarded in 2015) with a thesis titled ‘You had to be there…: Place and the production of comedy cultures. He is currently researching a PhD at the University of Birmingham.

Doctoral research

PhD title
Laughing with care: explorations between embodiment and emotions
 Dr Phil Jones, Dr Pat Noxolo and Dr Ben Taylor (Nottingham Trent University)


Research interests

Laughter, Care, Embodiment, Emotion, Affect, Comedy, Humour

Other activities

Phil is involved in a variety of activities beyond his PhD research.

He currently sits on the RGS-IBG’s Postgraduate Forum Committee in the role of “Conference Session Organiser.” He also sits on the RGS-IBG’s Social and Cultural Geographies Research Group Committee as a “Postgraduate Representative.”

Phil also teaches and demonstrates on an undergraduate human geography module and assists with field trips to Monmouth and Berlin.


Peer Reviewed Academic Publications

Emmerson P (Forthcoming) “Doing comic geographies” cultural geographies DOI:10.1177/1474474016630967
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