Geography and Environment

Studentships

We also welcome speculative applications throughout the year in the following areas

Prof. Pete Atkinson:

General areas: Spatial ecology and epidemiology, flooding, land cover change, remote sensing, spatial statistics, spatial process modelling. Specific areas: Vector-borne disease systems such as sleeping sickness and malaria in sub-saharan Africa, spatial modelling of access to health care in developing world settings, remote sensing of vegetation phenology at continental and global scales, anthropogenic- and climate-induced hazards and their impacts on vulnerable populations, statistical downscaling of remotely sensed land cover, settlement and census-based population datasets, space-time modelling of land cover and other global environmental changes, fluvial process modelling and real-time forecasting of the flood hazard.

Dr Ellie Biggs:

General areas: Water vulnerability and (in)security; Spatial analysis of environmental datasets; Climate change and adaptation in rural communities; Poverty and vulnerability mapping; environmental security (livelihoods); Spatiotemporal analysis of hydroclimatological time-series data; Precipitation extreme events

Dr Kate Boyer:

General - carework; work/life balance; New cultures of parenting/mothering/fathering; Spaces of emotional labour. Specific: Mobile biosubstances and breastmilk donation; affect, embodiment, identity; Changing gender of carework; Social experiences of breastfeeding/breastfeeding in public;

Prof. Tony Brown:

General area: environmental change, geoarchaeology, palaeoenvironmental reconstruction, fluvial geomorphology, Pleistocene environments, Quaternary science, palaeohydrology, landscape archaeology, palynology, human evolution, forensic palynology, geo-forensic sciences, African Pleistocene, Mediterranean geoarchaeology, human-environment interactions

Prof. Paul Carling:

General areas: Fluvial geomorphology and estuarine dynamics; Megaflood dynamics and sedimentation modelling; Gravel dune and antidune processes; Origins of hummocky cross-strata; Palaeolake shoreline modelling; Bedrock channel geomorphology and process; River channel management for energy pipeline crossings; Large river processes (especially the Mekong River) and modelling.

Dr Nick Clarke:

General areas: Urban geography, cultural geography, political geography, qualitative methods. Specific topics: Migration, tourism, consumption, ethics, social movements, urban policy, urban politics, local government, localism.

Ms. Sam Cockings:

General areas: geographic information systems/science; population mapping and modelling; environment and health. Specific topics: automated zone design; output geographies for official statistics including Census; space-time representation of population; space-time population models for environment and health applications; novel geographical data sources and linkage.

Prof. Steve Darby:

General areas: Fluvial Geomorphology; Process sedimentology; Palaeo-hydrology. Specific topics: Morphodynamics of submarine channels affected by turbidity currents; Geomorphological evolution of large deltas; Climate fluctuations and bank erosion on large rivers (e.g., Indus, Ganges-Brahmaputra, Mekong); Monsoon variability and flood risk on the mighty Mekong River.

Prof. John Dearing:

General area: global environmental change, ecosystem services, social-ecological system dynamics, palaeoenvironmental reconstruction, lake sediments, environmental magnetism, human-environment interactions, thresholds, tipping points, early warning signals, complex systems, safe operating spaces, system dynamics models, poverty alleviation, China, Bangladesh

Professor Mary Edwards

General area: environmental change over decades to millennia. Specific areas: vegetation dynamics and biogeography, climate change, palaeoecology, conservation issues, the Arctic.

Prof. Jane Hart:

General areas: Glaciers and Climate change; Environment Sensor Networks; Quaternary glacial sedimentology. Specific areas:An investigation of stick-slip basal motion using wireless subglacial probe; Debris flow prediction models: integrating data from an environmental sensor network.

Dr Paul Hughes

General areas: Holocene peatland development; Recent degradation of fen and lowland bogs in Britain and Northwest Europe; Holocene peat-based palaeoclimate reconstruction with special interests in Atlantic Canada and Patagonia; Holocene cryptotephras of north America and Europe.

Dr Pete Langdon:

General areas: climate change, past & future, environmental change. Specific areas: palaeolimnology, eutrophication, chironomids, lakes, palaeoecology & geochronology.

Dr Julian Leyland:

General areas: Landscape Evolution Modelling, fluvial geomorphology, Terrestrial Laser Scanning. Specific topics: Developing landscape modelling tools for simulating terrestrial-marine process interactions; Use of Terrestrial Laser Scanning to study fluvial forms and processes; GIS based analysis and modelling of historical river channel evolution

Prof. Dave Martin:

General areas: Population geography, geographical information science, geography of health, quantitative secondary data analysis. Specific areas: Census methodology; automated zone design, post-census population data systems; population surface modelling, time-space representation of population, novel geographical data linkage, health care accessibility measurement.

Prof. Graham Moon:

General areas: Health geography, population geography, social wellbeing, application of quantitative methods to the analysis of secondary datasets; multilevel modelling; innovative qualitative methods – archival, textual and visual. Specific topics: Geographies of health-related behaviours: smoking, drinking, diet. Particular interests in health behaviours in marginalised or hard-to-reach groups, co-behaviours, interface with mental wellbeing, and longitudinal behavioural change. Small area synthetic estimation of health needs. Relict health care landscapes and buildings, particularly spectral geographies of psychiatric asylum.

Dr Jo Nield:

General areas: Modelling of aeolian landscapes and processes; Terrestrial laser scanning applications in aeolian process dominated environments. Specific topics: Temporal and spatial patterns in salt pan surface roughness; Modelling the influence of moisture in aeolian environments, combining the feedback processes both of surface and water table inputs with vegetation response; Modelling yardang pattern formation; Surface moisture influences of sediment input to dune development: application of terrestrial laser scanning

Dr Andrew Power:

Specific topics: Unveiling the Geographies of Personalisation & Direct Payments; Care to Work? Understanding geographical perspectives in the implementation of the policy shift for care services to support people into work; New and Emerging Disability Communities on the Web 2.0; New Geographies of Family Leadership in Care & Support; Governance of the New Commissioning Framework in Health and Social Care

Dr Suzanne Reimer:

General topics: economic geography; feminist geography; cultural economy. Specific topics: design & commodity networks; design, creativity & knowledge; the home & home consumption; local labour market dynamics, changing gender divisions of labour; work, employment & skill; gender & caring work (with Kate Boyer)

Dr Gareth Roberts:

General areas: Remote sensing of natural hazards, vegetation monitoring and characterisation, land cover / land cover change. Specific topics: Remote sensing of biomass burning (burned area mapping, carbon emissions estimation, fire regime characterisation, post-fire vegetation recovery)

Dr Emma Roe:

General areas: Food consumption, food retailing, agriculture; Animal studies, human-animal relations; Care practices in human health and/or animal health; Human-technology relations in health or agriculture/food contexts; The politics of the sentient being; Care practices for the sentient; Theories of matter and materiality in the social sciences; Experimental practices. Specific topics: Innovations in food retail supply chains

Dr Kanchana N Ruwanpura:

General areas: development geographies of the Global South, particularly South Asia; feminist issues of development, post-disaster reconstruction/development efforts and its inter-connections with ethno-nationalism, identity politics and power dynamics; critical evaluations of labour market practices and global factories in the formal and informal sectors - and its relationship to voluntary forms of governance and ethical trading.

Prof. David Sear:

General areas: Fluvial geomorphology and ecology interactions; Restoration and sediment management in rivers; Long term records of sediment fluxes from river systems; Long term Coastal morphodynamics. Specific topics: Quantifying long term sediment response to environmental forcing (climate, land use) using lake sediments; Understanding geomorphic controls on Salmon habitat and population dynamics; Reconstructing salmon populations from lake sediments; Reconstructing the historical storm records from former estuary sediments; The role of large wood in controlling riverine sediment budgets.

Prof. Peter Sunley:

General areas: Economic geography, regional and local economic evolution. Specific areas: Dynamics and evolution of industrial clusters; Path dependence in regional economies; Innovation systems and high-technology path creation; Design firms in global production networks; Comparative studies of creative and design clusters; Regional and urban economic resilience; Corporate social responsibility and industry governance; The local embeddedness of social enterprise; Geography and welfare-to-work policy.

Dr Emma Tompkins:

General areas: Human dimensions of climate change adaptation, and managing the delivery of climate change adaptation and mitigation. Disaster risk reduction/ hazard management in relation to weather and climate hazards, esp. tropical cyclones, floods, sea level rise, drought and storms; and Perceptions of risk and hazards in relation to climate and weather hazards. Governance and institutions relating to the environment, e.g. Private sector delivery of environmental public goods; community based natural resources management; and institutional mechanisms for delivery of ecosystem services, or climate change adaptation. Managing environmental change on small islands. Payments for ecosystem services.

Dr Jim Wright:

General areas: Health-related applications of GIS (particularly those with a developing country focus); Environmental management applications of GIS (particularly those with a developing country focus); Linkages between drinking water and health. Specific topics: Linkages between climate change and water-borne disease.