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Journal Articles

Early view on-line: Olson, E. ‘Geography and ethics III: Wither the next moral turn?‘ Progress in Human Geography.

Early view on-line: Olson, E. ‘The largest life saving corps in the world’: centering child caregiving in histories of US human security through the Little Mothers’ League. Social & Cultural Geography.

2016 Olson, E.  ‘Geography and ethics II: Emotions and morality’ Progress in Human Geography. Vol 40, Issue 6, pp. 830 – 838.

2015 Olson, E. ‘Geography and ethics I: Waiting and urgency’ Progress in Human Geography 39(4): 517-526.

2015 P. Hopkins, E Olson, M. Billey-Smith, N. Laurie  ‘Transnational Relationality: young people, religion and international volunteering.’ Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers. 40(3): 387-398.

2014 Olson E. Book review in special forum on Sacred Subdivisions (J Wilford, author). Social and Cultural Geography

2013 Bailley-Smith, M., N. Laurie, E. Olson, P. Hopkins. ‘International volunteering, faith and subjectivity: negotiating cosmopolitanism, citizenship and development’ Geoforum 45: 126-135.

2013 Olson, E. ‘Gender and Geopolitics in Secular Time’ Area 45(2): 148-154.

2013 Olson, E., G. Vincett, P. Hopkins, R. Pain. ‘Retheorizing the postsecular present: embodiment, spatial transcendence, and challenges to authenticity amongst young Christians in Glasgow, Scotland‘ Annals of the Association of American Geographers, 103(6): 1421-1436.

2012 Vincett, G., E. Olson, P. Hopkins, R. Pain ‘Young People and Performance: Christianity in Scotland’ Journal of Contemporary Religion 27(2).

2011 Hopkins P., E. Olson, R. Pain, G. Vincett ‘Mapping intergenerationalities: the formation of youthful religiosities’ Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers 36(2): 314-327.

2009 Olson, E. and A. Sayer ‘Radical Geography and its Critical Standpoints: Embracing the Normative’ Antipode 41(1): 180-198.

2008 Olson, E. ‘Common belief, contested meanings: organisational culture in faith-based development’ Tijdschrift voor economische en sociale geografie 99(4): 393-405.

2008 Olson, E. ‘What kind of Catholic are you? Reflexivity, religion and feminist activism in the Peruvian Andes’ Fieldwork in Religion 3(2): 103-121.

2007 Bebbington, A., D. Lewis, S. Batterbury, E. Olson and M. Shameen Siddiqi. ‘Of Texts and Practices: Organizational Cultures and the Practice of Empowerment in World Bank Funded Programs’ Journal of Development Studies 43(4): 597-621.

2006 Olson, E. ‘Development, Transnational religion, and the power of ideas in the High Provinces of Cusco, Peru’ Environment and Planning A 38(5): 885-902.

2006 Olson, E. and R. Silvey ‘Guest Editorial: Transnational geographies: rescaling development, migration and religion’ Environment and Planning A 38(5): 805-808.

2004 Lewis, D., A. Bebbington, S. Batterbury, A. Shah, E. Olson, M.S. Siddiqi and S. Duvall ‘Practice, power and meaning: frameworks for studying organizational culture in multi-agency rural development projects’ Journal of International Development 40(15): 541-557.

2004 Bebbington, A., S. Guggenheim, E. Olson and M. Woolcock ‘Exploring Social Capital Debates at the World Bank’ Journal of Development Studies 40(5): 33-64.

Book Chapters

2018. Olson, E., Hopkins, P., & Vincett, G. CH10 Rethinking youth spirituality through sacrilege and encounter. Bartolini, N., MacKian, S., & Pile S (Eds) Spaces of Spirituality, Routledge.

2016. Olson, E., Reddy, S. Geographies of Youth Religiosity and Spirituality, in Skelton, K and Akins, S. (eds) Foundations in Childhood and Youth Geographies, volume 1, in Skelton, T. (editor-in-chief) Geographies of Children and Young People. Singapore: Springer.

2014 Olson, E. ‘Ethics’ in Roger Lee, ed., The Sage Handbook of Human Geography, 2v. 423-443.

2013 Olson, E., P. Hopkins, L. Kong. ‘Introduction’ In Religion and Place: Landscape, politics and piety, P. Hopkins, L. Kong and E. Olson (eds), Springer.

2013 Olson, E. ‘Myth, Miramiento and the making of Religious Difference’ In Religion and Place: Landscape, politics and piety Springer.

2012 Guest, M., E. Olson, J. Wolffe ‘Christian Britain: End of Religious Monopoly’ in Religion and Change in Modern Britain, Linda Woodhead and Rebecca Catto (eds), Routledge, 57-78.

2012 Vincett, G., E. Olson ‘Case study 3: the religiosity of young people growing up in poverty’ in Religion and Change in Modern Britain, Linda Woodhead and Rebecca Catto (eds), Routledge, 196-202.

2009 Olson, E. ‘Confounding Neoliberalism: priests, privatization and politics in rural Peru’ In Smith, Adrian, Alison Stenning and Katie Willis (eds) Social Justice and Neoliberalism: Global Perspectives. London: Zed Books, 39-60.

2007 Silvey, R., E. Olson, Y. Truelove ‘Transnationalism and the politics of (im)mobility’ in Kevin Cox, Murray Low and Jenny Robinson (eds) The Handbook of Political Geography. Sage Publications, Ltd., 483-491.

Books (Edited and authored)

2014 Vincett, G and E. Obinna with E. Olson and A. Adogame. Christianity in the Modern World. Changes and Controversies. Surrey, England: Ashgate.

2013 Hopkins, P, L. Kong and E. Olson (eds) Religion and Place: Landscape, politics and piety. Springer.

2006 Bebbington, A., M. Woolcock, S. Guggenheim and E. Olson (eds) The Search for Empowerment: Social Capital as Idea and Practice at the World Bank. Connecticut: Kumerian Press.

2002 Brunner, R., C. Cromley, K. Colburn, B. Klein, E. Olson Finding Common Ground: New Governance in Natural Resources. New Haven: Yale University Press.

Policy publications and reports
2010 Hopkins, P. M. Baillie-Smith, N. Laurie, E. Olson ‘Young Christians in Latin America: the experiences of young Christians who participate in faith-based international volunteering projects in Latin America’, report for the project ‘Youth transitions, international volunteering and religious transformations: the experiences of young evangelical Christians in Latin America’ (Published in English and Spanish), Newcastle. Accessible at:

2006 Medd, W., M. Watson, P. Hopkins, E. Olson ‘Cultural Diversity and sustainable water in Greater London: the research agenda’ London: Greater London Water Authority.