Our News Editors

Writing regular articles that connect recent journal content to news topics, our news editors are postgraduate and early-career researchers from across the discipline.

If you would like to find out more about becoming a Geography Directions News Editor, please contact journals@rgs.org 

Current Editors

Will Andrews

  • Will is a PhD candidate in the Department of Geography & Earth Sciences at Aberystwyth University. His PhD research takes an in depth look at what motivates enthusiasts to put time, money and emotional investment into modified cars.
  • He obtained a first class Geography BSc. in 2012 at Aberystwyth University.
  • Will went on to obtain an MA Regional & Environmental Policy in 2014 also from Aberystwyth University.
  • His current research is an investigation of modified car enthusiasm and the culture which surrounds it and he is particularly interested in car shows as sites of enthusiasm.
  • Wider research interests include geographies of the car and automobility, autoethnographic methodologies and internet forums research.
  • Will is a committee member of the RGS-IBG Postgraduate Forum.
  • Will is on Twitter @Will_Geog

Joseph Bailey

  • Joseph is a PhD researcher at the University of Nottingham’s School of Geography, having previously obtained a BSc (Hons) and MSc (by research) from the same institution in 2012 and 2013, respectively.
  • Joseph’s research focusses on enhancing biodiversity models through the incorporation of geodiversity information. The aim is to improve our understanding of, and our ability to predict, patterns of biodiversity across scales. My research interests therefore cover a number of geographical themes, including biogeography, conservation science, geomorphology, geology and GIS and remote sensing.
  • Joseph can be found on Twitter: @josephjbailey

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  • Amita is a PhD Researcher at the Water, Engineering and Development Centre (WEDC), School of Civil and Building Engineering , Loughborough University.
  • Amita’s research explores the water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) needs of perimenopausal women in Ghana. Her work has a particular focus on women’s needs during the perimenopause for menstrual hygiene management, access to water and sanitation, and the various human, social, physical, natural and financial factors that may affect their ability to meet these needs.
  • She obtained a BA Human Geography and MRes Geography at the University of Leicester before joining WEDC

Ashley Crowson

  • Ashley is a postgraduate research student in the department of geography at King’s College, London.
  • Before changing direction and taking up a master’s degree in international journalism, he completed an undergraduate degree in international studies at the University of East Anglia. These experiences inform his current research, which looks at the role of the popular media, particularly journalism, in ‘spatializing’ global politics and informing popular geographic and geopolitical imaginations.
  • Ashley’s PhD research focuses on the role played by the international news media during and immediately following decolonisation. It explores journalism in relation to the processes of ‘nation-building’ and ‘identity-forming’ of this period, with particular attention paid to attempts to construct a radically alternative mode of operation for the transnational press, securing more equitable flows of news and information to, from and amongst ‘developing’ countries of the Global South. More information about Ashley’s research can be found at www.newsfromelsewhere.com  

Izabela Delabre

  • Izabela is a PhD candidate in the Human Environments Research Group at the University of Reading, UK.
  • Her research examines the effectiveness of multi-stakeholder initiatives for sustainable development, with a focus on the Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil.
  • Izabela holds an MSc in Environmental Management (University of Reading, 2013) and a BSc in Environmental Science (University of Southampton, 2008).
  • Before commencing her PhD, Izabela was Community Manager for four years at sustainability platform 2degrees, where she worked on numerous collaborative projects with multi-stakeholder organisations, retailers and NGOs, to progress their sustainability goals.

Marcia Vera Espinoza

  • Marcia is a postgraduate research student at Geography Department of The University of Sheffield and a member of the Sheffield Institute for International Development, SIID.
  • Marcia obtained her BSc (Hons) from the University of Chile and a MA in International Studies from the University of Sheffield.
  • Marcia’s research explores the experiences of resettlement of Colombian and Palestinian refugees in Chile and Brazil. Through a mixed-methods approach, her research aims to review the implementation of the resettlement refugee programme in South America. It seeks to critically investigates the effectiveness of the resettlement regional agenda in terms of refugee protection, social policy, adherence by states and refugee integration.
  • Marcia´s research interests are in forced migration, refugee integration and sense of belonging, citizenship and regionalism.
  • Marcia is on Twitter @MarciaVeraE

Fiona Ferbrache

Ryan McCarrelRC

  • Ryan is a PhD Candidate in the School of Geography at University College Dublin. He graduated with distinction and holds an MA in Geopolitics and the Global Economy from the same institution.
  • His research looks into the spatial dimensions of NATO, paying close attention to the organization’s relations with its non-member partner states. Though interdisciplinary, his research primarily draws from critical geopolitics and radical political geography.
  • Ryan’s wider research interests include geographies of conflict and US foreign policy. He’s held fellowships at the Caucasus Resource Research Center in Azerbaijan, and is a visiting researcher at Georgia’s Foundation for Strategic and International Studies.
  • He also hosts ‘The Accidental Geographer,’ a bi-monthly podcast on all things political geography.
  • You can follow him on twitter @ryanmccarrel 

Morag Rose morag4

  • Morag is a PhD student in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at The University of Sheffield. Her research focuses on psychogeography, gender and walking in Manchester. She completed an M(res) (part time) in Social and Cultural Geography at Manchester Metropolitan University. Her wider research interests include public / private space, surveillance, walking as cultural, artistic and political practice, radical history and participatory methods.
  • In 2006 Morag founded The Loiterers Resistance Movement (LRM) a psychogeographical collective dedicated to exploring, enchanting and critically engaging with urban space.  They organise monthly public dérives (drifts), and other events including games of CCTV bingo and giant cake maps.  In 2016 they will be hosting an exhibition at The Peoples History Museum.
  • Morag contributed a chapter “Confessions of an Anarcho-Flâneuse or Psychogeography the Mancunian Way” to Walking Inside Out: Contemporary British Psychogeography (ed Tina Richardson, Rowman and Littlefield International 2015). She has given papers, seminars and curated walking tours for a wide range of academic, artistic, and community organisations.
  • Before starting her PhD Morag worked in community development and voluntary sector infastructure across Greater Manchester. She remains involved with a number of community groups and campaigns.
  • Follow Morag twitter @thelrm

Benjamin Sacks

  • Benjamin SacksBenjamin is a doctoral candidate in History and History of Science at Princeton University, and is a 2009 recipient of the National Beinecke Scholarship for graduate studies in the humanities.
  • He earned his BA summa cum laude (highest academic honours) from Tufts University, and has published articles in The New England Quarterly, Historical New Hampshire (forthcoming), and Immigrant Entrepreneurs (forthcoming).
  • He has also co-authored a number of papers with Dr Felipe Fernández-Armesto (University of Notre Dame).
  • At Tufts, Benjamin taught a full-credit seminar on the history of geography, and received an Anne E Borghesani Prize grant to conduct global historical research in London, Greenwich, and Cambridge.
  • He is the book reviews editor for New Global Studies (De Gruyter Press), and chief editor emeritus of the Tufts Historical Review.
  • View all of Benjamin’s Geography Directions articles »

Julian ShawJulian Shaw

  • Julian is an ESRC Funded PhD candidate in the Department of Geography at King’s College London. His current research explores everyday politics and community tensions inhabiting public spaces in the UK context of Luton, Bedfordshire.
  • Much of Julian’s work is grounded in the theoretical insights of Hannah Arendt and Henri Lefebvre, with more than the occasional dose of Marx and even Psychoanalysis.
  • Some broad themes of Julian’s interest include: public space, ‘communities’, everyday life, action, plurality, disruption, violence, and political economy…
  • In 2011 Julian received a distinction for his MSc. in ‘Disasters, Adaptation, and Development’ from King’s College London.
  • In 2008 he graduated from Durham University with a BSc. (Hons) in Natural Sciences (Human Geography and Anthropology).
  • Julian’s range of academic interests can be seen at his own website: espressobookworm.wordpress.com
  • Julian can also be followed on Twitter: @BookwormShaw

Greg Thomas

  • Greg is PhD candidate and Undergraduate tutor in the Department of Geography and Earth Sciences at Aberystwyth University.
  • Greg chose to stay in Aberystwyth to pursue a PhD after completing his BSc in Geography (2012) and MA in Regional and Environmental Policy (2014) in the department.
  • His current research investigates the role and transformative effects of agricultural shows in the modern day countryside.
  • More broadly Greg is interested in rural geography, youth geographies, and social and cultural geography. Teaching is a great passion for Greg and he is interested in developing new pedagogical approaches to teaching and learning in higher education.
  • Greg is a committee member on the RGS-IBG Postgraduate Forum.
  • Greg is on Twitter @GeographyGreg and has a personal website/blog at showingagriculture.co.uk.

Catherine Waite

  • Catherine WaiteCatherineis a doctoral student at Loughborough University and is a member of the Geography Department’s Centre for Research in Identity, Governance, Society (CRIGS).
  • After obtaining a BSc (Hons) in Geography at the University of Sheffield in 2010, she moved to Loughborough to complete an MSc in Globalization, Space and Sport in 2011.
  • Remaining in Loughborough to undertake a PhD, Catherine’s research investigates the relationship between temporary, international migration and the career trajectories of skilled individuals.
  • Jointly supervised by the Department of Geography and the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences her research applies a case study of elite, professional cricket players, thus enabling a multi-disciplinary approach to the study. This allows her to engage with research undertaken in sociology and specifically the sociology of sport, alongside geographical migration scholarship.
  • View all of Catherine’s Geography Directions articles »

Kate Whiston

  • Kate is doing a PhD in the School of Geography at the University of Nottingham, where she obtained an MA in ‘Landscape and Culture’ in 2013 and a BA (Hons) in Geography in 2012.
  • She is researching the cultural, social, and technical networks that connected pigeon fanciers and their pigeons during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, as well as the spatialities of the ensuing human-animal relationships, and the co-construction of human-animal identities. Her research interests more broadly are cultural, historical, and animal geographies.

Fiona Nash

Former Editors 
(affiliations correct at the time of their news editorships)

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