Institute of Advanced Studies (IAS)


Dr Jacob Fairless Nicholson

Dr Jacob Fairless Nicholson is a former IAS Junior Research Fellow in Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in Early Career Research in Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.

Jacob is a cultural and historical geographer interested in marginalisation and resistance, non-formal education, and postcolonialism. He was awarded an MSc in Urban Studies from University College London in 2015 and completed his PhD investigating non-formal education spaces set up for Black children, young people, and adults in post-WWII London at the Department of Geography, King’s College London in 2021. He has published in Antipode and taught at the Department of Geography and Environment at the London School of Economics and Political Science. 

With a focus on first-in-family students and ECRs, Jacob’s research project at the IAS investigated how discourses of exclusion or inclusion shape pathways into research careers for students from non-traditional backgrounds studying Geography and cognate disciplines. The project identified what inclusion and exclusion looks like, to what extent conditions of inclusion and exclusion are derived from disciplinary, social, or familial hierarchies, and highlighted key stages at which inclusion and exclusion is experienced.