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.

Human Geographers

Supervisor Research Interests
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.
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 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

  • theorising engaged digital geographies
  • the capability approach and ICT4D
  • Big Data and new digital tools for participation and co-design
  • gender and ICTs or online representation
  • ethical consumption and digital tools
  • conceptualisations, translations and digital representations of fairness across spatial and cultural distance
Dr Ankit Kumar Climate justice, energy justice, energy transitions, infrastructure, environmental geographies, critical development studies and postcolonial studies.
Dr Ruth Little Animal geographies; agriculture; rural livelihoods; policy.
Professor Simon Marvin

Telecommunications, infrastructure and mobility, sustainability, systemic transitions, climate change, ecological security and smart cities.

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
- Muslims in Britain
- Multicultural Politics and Controversies
- Museum Geographies
- Postcolonial film and literature

Professor Jenny Pickerill Eco-housing, eco-communities, environmentalism and community economies.
Dr Sammia Poveda

ICT for human development; critical agency, empowerment and social structures; psychosocial wellbeing; gender, class, race, etc (intersectionality).

Professor Bhavani Shankar Sustainable diets, climate and nutrition-sensitive food systems, food and nutrition policy evaluation and inequities in food systems and nutrition.
Dr Luke Temple Political and electoral geography, democratic theory and democratization, political participation, and patterns of digital engagement.
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.

Physical Geographers

Supervisor Research Interests
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.
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 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 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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