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- 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 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
- 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 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 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 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 is a College Lecturer in Geography at Keble College, Oxford, and is further developing her interests in mobilities and European integration through a new project concerning European rail travel.
- Fiona has a geography PhD from University of Plymouth, for work exploring intra-EU migration, and the lives of British citizens resident in South West France. While undertaking this research, Fiona spent some time at Université de Toulouse II – Le Mirail.
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- 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 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.
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- Benjamin 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.
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- 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 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.
- Catherineis 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.
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- 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 is the Managing Editor: Academic Publications at the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), which means that she looks after Area, The Geographical Journal and Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, as well as occasionally being involved in the RGS-IBG Book Series.
- Fiona has a PhD in geography from King’s College London.
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- Magali Bonne-Moreau – doctoral candidate in the Department of Geography at University College London.
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- Stacey Balsdon -post-doctoral research student at Loughborough University View all Stacey’s Geography Directions articles »
- Clare Boston – doctoral candidate in Physical Geography at Queen Mary University of London.
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- Kate Botteril – doctoral candidate in the School of Geography, Politics & Sociology at the University of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne.
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- Michelle Brooks – doctoral candidate in the Department of Geography at Reading University.
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- Georgia Conover – doctoral candidate in the School of Geography and Development at the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona.
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- Paulette Cully – attained a Masters Degree in Coastal Zone Management via a part time distance learning course from Ulster University, Northern Ireland.
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- Jen Dickie – View all of Jen’s Geography Directions articles
- Caitlin Douglas – doctoral candidate at Kings College London and the Institute of Zoology, Zoological Society of London.
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- Rosa Mas Giralt – doctoral candidate at the School of Geography in the University of Leeds (UK).
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- Jayne Glass – doctoral candidate in Sustainability Studies at the Centre for Mountain Studies in Perth, part of Scotland’s University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI).
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- Richard Gravelle – doctoral candidate in Physical Geography at Loughborough University.
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- William Hasty – doctoral candidate in Human Geography at the University of Glasgow.
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- Antonia Law – Teaching Fellow in Geography at the University of Keele, with a PhD from Loughborough in quaternary science.
- Lee-Sim Lim – doctoral candidate in School of Biological and Chemical Science at Queen Mary University of London.
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- Alanna Linn – studied human and environmental geography at University of Sydney, before working at the Australian Mekong Resource Centre, based in the University of Sydney, School of Geosciences.
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- Jenny Lunn – received her PhD in Geography from Royal Holloway, University of London, looking at the role of religion, spirituality and faith in development.
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- Mahony Mahony – Research Associate in the Department of Geography at King’s College London. View all of Martin’s Geography Directions articles »
- Sarah Mills – lecturer in the Department of Geography, University of Loughborough. She completed her PhD research at the Institute of Geography & Earth Sciences, Aberystwyth University.
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- Lisa Mol – doctoral candidate geomorphology, based in the School of Geography and the Environment at the University of Oxford.
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- Robin de la Motte – doctoral candidate in human geography, based at the University of Manchester.
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- Jo Norcup – principal Geography lecturer on the University Preparatory Certificate in Humanities (UPCH) course at University College London’s Language Centre.
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- Alexander Phillips – doctoral candidate in Human Geography at the Institute of Geography & Earth Sciences at Aberystwyth University.
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- Helen Pallet – view all of Helen’s Geography Directions articles
- I-Hsien Porter – studied geography at Durham University as an undergraduate and postgraduate, completed a research MSc in 2011 focusing on hydrological modelling.
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- Matthew Rech – doctoral candidate in Geography at the University of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne.
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- Daniel Schillereff – doctoral candidate in the School of Environmental Science at the University of Liverpool.
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- Troy Sternberg – completed his D. Phil on the Gobi Desert at Oxford University where he is now a post-doc.
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- Briony Turner Doctoral candidate in the Geography Department at King’s College London. View all of Briony’s Geography Directions articles
- Jennifer Turner – view all of Jennifer’s Geography Directions articles
- Kelly Wakefield – doctoral candidate in the Geography Department at Loughborough University. Her interest in geography and pedagogy stems from her work as a research assistant at the University of Chester prior to starting her PhD research.
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