William Barnes

William Barnes


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    Will Barnes is a Geography PhD student at Royal Holloway studying the impact of homeworking, self-employment and creative work on wellbeing and mental health. He also completed both his BSc and MA at the university, graduating with a first-class honours degree in Geography and a distinction in Cultural Geography respectively. In the years between his Masters and the start of his PhD, Will worked as Research and Programme Coordinator at the London-based think tank Common Vision (CoVi), and held the position of Research Associate at the University of Southampton where he contributed to the ERC-funded WORKANDHOME project.

    Research interests

    Will is primarily interested in the relationship between 'intimate work' and subjective wellbeing, and is currently researching the wellbeing implications of homeworking, self-employment and creative work in particular. General areas of interest include the geographies of home, organisational boundary theory, the philosophy and psychology of wellbeing, and creative labour and the creative industries. He has also contributed to work on the geographies of home-based self-employment and the autonomy and control of freelancers working in the remote gig economy.


    GG1011: Geographical Techniques (Qualitative Methods for Human Geographers (Undergraduate)
    GG5020: Advanced Methods for Social Science Research (Postgraduate)


    Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

    In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

    • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
    • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth

    Education/Academic qualification

    BSc Geography, First Class Honours, Royal Holloway, University of London

    MA Cultural Geography (Research), Distinction, Royal Holloway, University of London