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 wil.stobbart@wiley.com.

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

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  

Fiona Ferbrache

Jen Dickie

  • Jen DickieJen is a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Geography Department at The University of Leicester.
  • Jen received her BSc (Hons) in Environmental Science from Stirling University and gained her PhD, which focused on the impact of vegetation change on soil erosion in dryland environments, from the University of Leicester.
  • Since then, she has worked on a range of research and teaching projects that cross GIS, Human and Physical Geography.
  • Jen is currently working on a renewable energy project, Rural Hybrid Energy Enterprise Systems (RHEES), that forms part of the EPSRC’s ‘Bridging the Urban Rural Divide’ programme.  Her role is to evaluate the resources and demands that drive existing and potential energy systems.
  • View all of Jen’s Geography Directions articles »

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

Jessica HopeJessicaHope

  • Jessica is a final year PhD student at the Institute of Development, Policy & Management (IDPM) at the University of Manchester.
  • Jessica’s research, conducted largely in Spanish, examines the conflicting environmental disputes in the TIPNIS, a place of contested hydrocarbon extraction in Bolivia. It uses a case-study approach, focusing on a socio-environmental conflict over an indigenous territory and national park in the Bolivian Amazon to analyse and explore changing mobilisations of indigeneity. In more general terms it explores the complex relationships between people, place and the politics of environmental issues, questioning how identity politics and conservation are mobilised to resist and negotiate extractive industry.
  •  Jessica is a postgraduate representative for the RGS Developing Areas Research Group (DARG)

Hellen Pallett

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 »

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.

Jennifer Turner

  • Jennifer TurnerJennifer is a Post Doctoral Research Associate in the Department of Criminology at the University of Leicester, having completed her PhD at Aberystwyth University.
  • Her primary research interests are in the spatial relationships enacted within the prison environment.
  • Jennifer attained her BA in Geography in 2008 and an MA in Space, Place and Politics in 2009 from Aberystwyth.
  • Jennifer is on Twitter @JenTurner0 and www.jennifer-turner.org
  • View all of Jennifer’s Geography Directions articles 

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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