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The University of Southampton
Geography and Environmental Science

Postgraduate opportunities. We welcome speculative applications throughout the year in the following areas:

Published: 26 January 2011

Professor 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. Kate Boyer: General areas: Work/Life balance; New Parenting Cultures; Gender, Work and Space; Gender, Space and Technology. Specific areas: Changing gender of carework; Social experiences of breastfeeding/breastfeeding in public; How parents decide what to feed older infants and young children; Changing gender of nursery nursing; Nursery nursing as emotional labour (with Suzanne Reimer).

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. Specific topics: Cultural geographies of globalisation, transnationalism, mobility, and tourism; Cultural, political, and moral geographies of consumption; Moral geographies; Geographies of citizenship and political participation; Municipal internationalism, urban policy mobility, and comparative urbanism; Local government.

Ms. Sam Cockings: General areas: geographic information systems/science; environment and health; geographies of health; population mapping and modelling. Specific areas: automated zone design; Census geography methodologies; space-time representation of population; space-time population models in environment and health studies; novel geographical data sources and linkage.

Prof. Steve Darby: General areas: Fluvial geomorphology; Modelling erosion and sedimentation; River bank erosion; Turbidity currents. Specific topics: Impacts of tropical cyclones on sediment dynamics in the Lower Mekong River, Impacts of climate change on changes in physical habitat structure of gravel-bed rivers

Dr. Geoff DeVerteuil: General areas: urban geography; geographies of inequality; health geography. Specific topics: therapeutic landscapes and substance abuse treatment; comparative urbanism, especially between London and other global cities; the geographies of welfare state restructuring, especially the intersections among immigrant groups, the voluntary sector and the larger welfare state; gentrification and displacement of voluntary sector organizations; mental health geographies.

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

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 and cultural geography, urban geography, social wellbeing, application of quantitative methods to the analysis of secondary datasets; multilevel modelling; innovative qualitative methods – archival, textual and visual. Specific topics:Health-related behaviours: smoking, drinking, diet, exercise, sexual health, health-service uptake. 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; Spatial implications of health service reform, including role of place in health policy, catchmentisation methodologies; 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: 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

Prof. Steven Pinch: General areas: Economic Geography; Urban Social Geography; Geographies of Welfare. Specific topics: Innovation, Knowledge and Learning within Industrial Districts and Cultural Clusters; Geographies of Social Enterprise; Geographies of the Motorsport Industry

Dr. Suzy 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. 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. 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.

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