Find a supervisor
A list of all our Geography PhD supervisors and their research interests.
Initially, you should identify and approach a potential supervisor with compatible research interests and expertise. They will be able to help you to develop your proposed research ideas into a strong and viable project. The research interests listed below should help you find expertise in the topics that you wish to pursue.
|Dr Megan Blake||Food Poverty; food in cities; neoliberalism and food; food and third sector organisations; urban food plans; food and consumption; food and tourism; local food; consumer/retailer food waste; food and family practices.|
|Vanesa Castan Broto||Global environmental governance; climate change politics; urban political ecology; urban sustainability transitions; social innovation and urban technology; participatory planning; governmentality.|
Area focus: East and Southern Africa but not limited to those areas.
|Dr Jessica Dubow||Cultural/Critical Geography; critical theory; continental philosophy; aesthetics, with specific emphasis on themes of exile, displacement, migration. Also: landscape theory and practice; postcolonial theory; visual studies; South African history/culture.|
|Dr Charis Enns||Development geography; geography of commodities; critical development theory; resource extraction; extractive infrastructure; infrastructure corridors; corporate social responsibility; rural livelihoods; gender.|
|Dr Daniel Hammett||Forms and practices of citizenship; spaces for and practices of civil society; popular geopolitics.|
|Professor Peter Jackson||Social and cultural geography; geographies of consumption; food and families.|
|Dr Juan Miguel Kanai||Varieties of urban Entrepreneurial Regimes including eco-entrepreneurialism and homo-entrepreneurialism; culture-led regeneration; planetary urbanisation; territorial design and infrastructure networks.|
|Dr Dorothea Kleine||Digital geographies; ICT4D; development theory; Fair Trade and ethical consumption.
Particularly, in the following areas
|Dr Ruth Little||Animal geographies; agriculture; rural livelihoods; policy.|
|Dr Eric Olund||Race, gender and sexuality; governmentality; urban life; critical theory.|
|Professor Richard Philips||
Religious, ethnic and cultural difference; Transnational and multicultural sexuality politics; Geographies of curiosity; The world after empire; Historical geographies of sexuality; Geographies of race, racism, cultural racism and anti-racism
|Professor Jenny Pickerill||Eco-housing, eco-communities, environmentalism and community economies|
|Dr Deborah Sporton||Population and Development, International Migration and Asylum Seeking.|
|Dr Matt Watson||Theories of practice, sustainability and social change, especially in relation to energy, food, water, mobility, waste. Cultural geographies of energy and environment - reducing demand, reducing carbon intensity.|
|Dr Adam Whitworth||Welfare-to-work reform and the Work Programme; lone parents and welfare reform; social and spatial inequality; conditionality, paternalism and well-being; crime; poverty, deprivation and exclusion; spatial statistics.|
|Professor Mark Bateman||Sandscapes as an archive for understanding past depositional processes and environmental changes which have shaped the landscape we live in; periglacial and glacial environments; luminescence dating; coastal dune systems. View list of suggested PhD topics.|
|Professor Grant Bigg||Marine climate change; remote sensing; iceberg detection, dynamics and role in thermohaline processes; large-scale palaeo- and present day ocean circulation modeling, particularly relating to thermohaline problems and the interface between paleodata and modeling marine climate change; synoptic meteorology|
|Dr Rob Bryant||The global dust cycle; ephemeral lakes; applied remote sensing|
|Professor Chris Clark||Palaeoglaciology (the extent and dynamics of former ice sheets) and palaeo-ice stream signatures and ice-stream operation; remote sensing; digital elevation models (DEMs); glacial geomorphology.|
|Dr Jeremy Ely||Palaeoglaciology and glacial geomorphology. View list of suggested PhD topics.|
|Dr Julie Jones||Southern Hemisphere and Antarctic climate change and variability; climate reconstruction from proxy data, long instrumental and historical records (including ships' logbooks).|
|Dr Stephen Livingstone||Glacier hydrology (on palaeo and contemporary ice sheets); subglacial lakes; ice sheet reconstructions; ice-bed processes and landforms; meltwater erosion and deposition.|
|Dr Andrew McGonigle||Volcanology: dynamics of explosive and non-explosive, especially basaltic, activity; integration of volcanic degassing data with geophysical data and modelling to unravel volcanic behaviour; development of disruptive new remote sensing methods using drone and smartphone technology; impacts of volcanic degassing on the atmosphere; hyperspectral imaging; smartphone spectroscopy; sensing applications in agriculture, food monitoring, healthcare and environmental, particularly atmospheric, monitoring; ultraviolet radiation and its impacts. View list of suggested PhD topics.|
|Dr Manoj Menon||Soil physics and hydrology; soil structure development; root-soil interactions; soil compaction; soil pollution; soil-flood interactions; soil conservation practices; non-invasive imaging and modelling.|
|Dr Felix Ng||Mathematical modelling of the interactions of glaciers and ice sheets with the environment; ice-flow dynamical changes within the Antarctic and Greenland Ice Sheets inferred from their internal (radar) stratigraphy; Mars polar ice caps: their processes, evolution, and landforms.|
|Dr Tom Pering||The measurement of sulphur dioxide, using ultra violet cameras; modelling via computational fluid dynamics and laboratory analogues of a variety of degassing modes from basaltic magmas, including: passive, strombolian, and lava fountaining; low-cost alternatives to previously expensive methods. View list of suggested PhD topics.|
|Professor Ed Rhodes||Palaeoseismology and fault slip-rate studies; luminescence technical developments; low temperature thermochronology; grain tracing and transport rate; palaeoclimate and palaeoenvironmental reconstruction; fluvial and aeolian geomorphology; grain mixing; surface processes; natural carbon sequestration.|
|Dr Ann Rowan||The response of mountain glaciers to climate change; geomorphology and dynamics of debris-covered glaciers; glacier and hydrological change in the Himalaya. View list of suggested PhD topics.|
|Dr Andrew Sole||Hydrology, dynamics and mass balance of ice sheets and glaciers, particularly the Greenland Ice Sheet and marine-terminating glaciers; physical and biogeochemical interations of ice sheets and glaciers with the ocean; quantifying ice flow using satellite feature tracking.|
|Dr Darrel Swift||Glacial erosion and long-term landscape evolution; glacial sediments systems and landform evolution processes; glacier and ice sheet geomorphology and dynamics; glacier hydrology and fluvioglacial sediment systems; mountain geomorphology.|
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