Andy Merrifield

Andy Merrifield

He was born in Liverpool, UK and attended  Quarry Bank School until 1976. He left school at 16 and did office jobs and travelled. He graduated in geography, philosophy and sociology from Liverpool Polytechnic in the mid-1980s. Merrifield received his PhD in geography from Oxford University in 1993, supervised by David Harvey. Merrifield spent most of his early career teaching geography at the University of Southampton and King's College London, before moving to Clark University, USA in 2000. He was denied tenure in 2003, on grounds of collegiality, having chosen to live 178 miles away in Manhattan. He moved with his partner to Lavoûte-Chilhac, south of Clermont-Ferrand in the Auvergne in France as an "independent scholar". He returned to the academic system in 2011. In 2011-12 he was a Leverhulme Fellow at the University of Manchester. He is currently Supernumerary Fellow in Human Geography at Murray Edwards College, University of Cambridge.