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Dr James Esson

BA, MSc, PhD

James is Reader in Human Geography at Loughborough University, having studied at Newcastle University, University of Oxford and University College London. He currently holds a range of leadership and governance roles at Loughborough University, which enable him to contribute to the development, approval and monitoring of institutional strategies and policies. James’ research on children’s rights and safeguarding has been supported by UNICEF, and his expertise in learning and teaching has been recognised nationally and internationally, including by the Royal Geographical Society.

James is married with four children. His eldest child attends Loughborough Grammar School, his second child is at Fairfield Prep, and his youngest two are still in nappies. When he gets a moment to himself, he currently turns to the work of Eiichiro Oda, Ben Okri or Ama Ata Aidoo for entertainment. James is also a big fan of highlife music and his dancing is notorious for providing comic relief at family gatherings. He lives in Loughborough.