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 Eleanor Wilkinson

General areas: social geography, feminist geography, geographies of gender and sexualities, identities, social justice, urban cultures and consumption.

Specific topics: geographies of care, housing and home, personal life, lifecourse transitions, household formations, communal living, solo living, queer domesticities, the commodification of intimacy, utopian thought and practice, feminist activism, legal geographies, the geographies of welfare, spaces of solitude.

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.