Christopher is a legal geographer and fuses his academic and career experience in the disciplines of law and geography within his PhD research. He is involved with the Urban Futures research group at King’s and the Legal Geography Specialty Group of the AAG.
He is a qualified solicitor (England and Wales) with a commercial legal practice background in the real estate finance sector.
Christopher attained an LLM in Professional Legal Practice from BPP University and published adaptations of his master’s thesis in legal journals. He also holds a BA (Hons) in Geography from the University of Nottingham.
Thesis title: ‘Students in cities, students as citizens: towards a legal geography’
Christopher’s PhD scrutinises the student geographies of Manchester, England. Deploying a legal geographical research method, he explores the interplay between students’ consumer and citizen identities as mediated through contractual connections made between student and non-student stakeholders in the university city.
His research investigates how contractual technologies reflect and produce relationships of power between different stakeholders in student worlds. He examines the challenges faced by students in advancing consumer and citizenship rights within increasingly financialised education and accommodation markets and considers the impacts of these issues on the wider political economy of Manchester.