Dr Megan Blake
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Megan will be teaching on a range of undergraduate undergraduate and postgraduate courses including:
GEO112 Introducing Social and Cultural Geographies
All staff also engage in personal supervision and tutoring of individual students at all three undergraduate levels in the following modules:
Previous teaching at Sheffield has included material at undergraduate level concerning Economic Geography, Identities, Governance, Labour and employment, and Local Economic Development. At masters level I have contributed to generic skills training with regard to research presentation, and to departmental master’s degrees in the area of research methods, social institutions, labour markets, and practices of research dissemination.
Megan is one of Five Academic Leads responsible for developing and delivering Level 2 Achieve More for the university. This is an initiative aiming to develop student’s abilities to work critically in an interdisciplinary manner with confidence. More on Achieve More can be found on the website.
I have also taught courses in the areas of Urban Geography, Economic Geography, Philosophical Approaches to Geography, and Gendered Geographies at a Universities elsewhere , including Dartmouth College (USA), Clark University (USA), Indiana University (USA), and Hong Kong University (Hong Kong SAR).
Megan actively develops public engagement activities as part of her research and teaching.
Public Engagements in 2015:
In May, Megan contributed to national debates through the publication of a commentary on the Conservative manifesto’s response to food poverty in the UK. The article, Why one of the wealthiest countries in the world is failing to feed its people, was initially published in The Conversation republished by The Independent as A nation of inequality: How the UK is failing to feed its most vulnerable people, 25 May 2015 . (49,191 readers)
Megan spoke to a group of students outlining the ways the main political parties propose to address food poverty should they win the UK general election as part of a panel of academics. The panel was organised by the Geography Society to inform students about UK the general election in May, 2015.
Megan spoke to a group of Sheffield University alumni in Hong Kong about her research on Food Insecurity and Supermarketisation in Hong Kong. March, 2015.
In January, Megan organised the hosting of an expert hearing on the environmental aspects of UK Food and Poverty. This is part of an independent, non-partisan Commission on Food and Poverty organised by the Fabian Society and sponsored by the Esmé Fariburn Foundation. The in collaboration with the Grantham Centre for Sustainable Futures, Research Exchange for the Social Sciences (RESS), the Department of Geography, and the Fabian Society, the hearing will give evidence and solicit comment from academic and industry experts and the public, which will then be fed into reports to be published by the Fabian’s in the spring (interim report) and Summer (final report) of 2015.
Research focused engagements in 2014 included:
Teaching related public engagements in 2014
In collaboration with the Sheffield University Libraries, Megan helped develop and introduce the Mapping Sheffield exhibit, which involved also a number of first year students who analysed historical data and developed one of the displays. See more on the exhibit here.
From 2011-2013, while on special leave from the University of Sheffield, Megan spent time at the University of Hong Kong and at Hong Kong Baptist University. While there she developed and received funding (approx. £350,000) for the Da Tong (打通) Project. The primary aim of the Da Tong Project is to support culture change at HKBU, so as to enable interdisciplinary activity to flourish. The project is based on the principle that research and public engagement that is interdisciplinary first involves learning how to integrate knowledges and modes of thinking from multiple disciplines. To achieve this learning the project brings together in active engagement for a limited time (2 years), scholars, industry, and third sector organisations who are interested in a broad topic, but approach that topic from a range of perspectives. The initial collaborative topics funded through the Da Tong proposal are Food and Environment.