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Human Geographers

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.

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/retailor 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
Frances Cleaver
  • Institutions: to understanding how institutions (particularly for community based natural resource management and local service delivery) work.
  • Water governance: scrutinising the nature of policies, how they travel through people and their impacts for distribution and access to water.
  • Livelihoods: understanding the gendered everyday politics of livelihoods, access to services and resources, the dynamics of inclusion and exclusion.
  • Green economy initiatives and the effect on land and water rights

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.
Professor David Evans Cultural and Economic Geographies; consumption and material culture; food; sustainability; Convention Theory; waste and value
Dr Charis Enns Development geography; geography of commodities; critical development theory; resource extraction; extractive infrastructure; infrastructure corridors; corporate social responsibility; rural livelihoods; gender
Dr Desiree Fields Urban geography, urban theory, financialization, digital urban geographies, housing, homelessness
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 familiies.
Dr Juan Miguel Kanai Varieties of urban Entrepreneurial Regimes including eco-entrepreneurialism and homo-entrepreneurialism; culture-led regeneration; planetary urbanization; 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 Ruth Little Animal geographies; agriculture; rural livelihoods; policy 
Dr Johann Oldekop Biodiversity; conservation; political economy
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
Professor David Robinson Housing; homelessness; urban transformations; new migration; community change; geography and public policy.
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

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
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 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.
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
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 Maria Romero-Gonzalez The influence of interfacial chemical structure and bonding on reactions involving mineral and cell surfaces; studies at molecular scale of the structure and bonding of contaminants on living surfaces, soils, sediments and water for biomineralisation, biorecovery and bioremediation; the development and application of novel polymeric materials for improving agri-food technologies.
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
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