Alexander Manby

Doctor of Philosophy (DPhil) in Geography and the Environment - Degree completed in 2022

Supervisors: Professor Fiona McConnell and Dr Sneha Krishnan

Geographies of Naga (Inter)nationalism 1946-2022

Academic Profile

Alex is an ESRC (Economic and Social Research Council) funded student studying for a DPhil in Geography. Alex's thesis uses multi-sited archival, interview, and digital methodologies to write a political and historical geography of Naga intellectual thought in the period 1946 to 2022.

Prior to starting his DPhil, Alex worked at The Behavioural Insights Team, a social purpose company part owned by HMG Cabinet Office, in the Youth, Education and Skills Team. At BIT, he helped to design interventions informed by behavioural science to improve school and university outcomes, conducted qualitative research, and assisted in the delivery of randomised control trials in schools and colleges. Before this, Alex worked in widening participation and access, delivering programmes to raise aspiration and attainment among students in East London.

Alex holds an MSc with distinction in Geopolitics and Security from Royal Holloway, University of London, where he was ranked top student in his cohort, and was awarded the department prize for best thesis. Prior to his MSc, Alex completed a BA degree in Geography from the University of Oxford and was awarded the proxime accessit C.D.D. Gibbs Prize for outstanding performance in FHS examinations.


Alex was previously a college tutor at St Catherine's College, where he delivered a range of classes, tutorials, and dissertation supervision across the undergraduate course. He has also been a tutor on the 'Geopolitics in the Margins' and 'Geographies of Childhood and Youth in the Global South' options and has delivered classes for SOGE students on archival methods and fieldwork design.

Selected Publications