Mr William Barnes

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Personal profile

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.


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