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Stacey Balsdon is currently studying doctoral student at Loughborough University and is a member of the Geography Department’s Centre for Research in Identity, Governance and Society (CRIGS). Stacey obtained her BSc (Hons) from Loughborough University in 2011 and has remained at the institution for her PhD study. Stacey’s research investigates the interconnections between the social make-up of the student population attending UK higher education institutions and studentification.  This research aims to use both quantitative and qualitative research methods to establish the residential decision making processes of students whilst at university. More broadly, Stacey is interested in the geographies of education and learning, population studies and social inequality. She is currently Secretary for the Postgraduate Forum Research Group of the Royal Geographical Society with IBG.

Jen Dickie 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.

Fiona Ferbrache 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, which she thoroughly enjoyed. She now holds a College Lecturership 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.

Madeleine Hatfield is Managing Editor: Journals 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. She also has a PhD in geography from Royal Holloway, University of London.

Martin Mahony is a doctoral student in the School of Environmental Sciences at the University of East Anglia (UEA), where he is a member of the newly-formed Science, Society and Sustainability (3S) research group. He holds a BA Hons in Geography from the University of Oxford and an MRes in Environmental Social Science from UEA. His PhD research concerns the geography of science and the relationship between science and politics in the context of climate change. He is particularly interested in practices of computer simulation and scientific assessments, and studies the production and circulation of such knowledge in different political contexts and across spatial scales. He is currently in the writing-up stage of his PhD research, during which he will be spending time as a visiting fellow at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.

Helen Pallett is a PhD researcher in the Science, Society & Sustainability group (3S) at the University of East Anglia in Norwich. Her research focusses on different approaches to involving UK citizens in decisions about science and science policy, and her broader interests include: environmental policy; democracy; political culture; and organisational learning. She has a degree in geography from the University of Cambridge and a Masters of Research from the University of East Anglia. In her spare time Helen enjoys cooking, yoga, making music, and starting overly ambitious crafting projects. She also blogs at www.thetopograph.blogspot.com and is on twitter @HelenPallett.

Benjamin Sacks 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.

Briony Turner is a doctoral student in the Geography Department of the School of Social Science and Public Policy at King’s College London, where she is a member of the Environment, Politics and Development research group.  She is also a member of the Sustainability in Transitions Research Network and the SBEO consultancy group.  She holds a BSc in Geography from King’s College London, an MSc in Environmental Technology from Imperial College, is an Associate of IEMA, a Fellow of the RSA and an Postdoctoral Fellow of the RGS-IBG. Briony has returned to academia following 6 years in the housing and regeneration sector where she gained extensive experience of UK affordable housing, energy and building regulation policy, brownfield redevelopment and affordable housing investment.  Her PhD research concerns transition pathways; how they occur, are enabled and could be nudged within professional practice.  Her research focuses on the institutional factors that help and hinder up scaling of climate change retrofit solutions in England’s social housing sector.  Briony is also a founding member, Trustee and Director of RESET, the built environment charity for climate change adaptation. Follow her on academia.edu

Jennifer Turner (www.jennifer-turner.org) is currently completing her doctoral studies at Aberystwyth University.  Her research focuses upon the emergence and transformation of the political-cultural formations associated with the penal system in the Twenty-first Century; concentrating more implicitly on the personal relationships that exist between offenders on the inside and the communities on the outside.  Underpinning this is an interest in how everyday performances of these connections construct, reinforce and transgress the boundary between the ‘inside’ and ‘outside’ of society. Jennifer attained her BA in Geography in 2008 and an MA in Space, Place and Politics in 2009 from Aberystwyth.

Catherine Waite is 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.

Former Editors

Magali Bonne-Moreau is a doctoral student in the Department of Geography at University College London. She holds a BA in Political Science and African Studies (2000) from McGill University in Canada, and a Masters in Environmental Resource Assessment (2001) from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, and has spent several years working as a consultant in sustainable resource management and urban planning in Europe and Africa. Her PhD research investigates changes in land-use and natural resource management in refugee-hosting areas of North-western Tanzania, as well as environmental discourses and policies related to the refugee presence in the country. She spent six months conducting interviews and environmental surveys in the camps and neighbouring villages of Kasulu District, in collaboration with UNHCR and the Institute of Resource Assessment of the University of Dar es Salaam. Part of this fieldwork was made possible by a RGS-IBG Postgraduate Research Grant. She is now in the last stages of writing her dissertation, and currently spends her time between London, Switzerland and Ireland.

Clare Boston is a doctoral student in Physical Geography at Queen Mary University of London.  She did a BSc (2006) followed by an MSc (by research) (2007) in Physical Geography at Durham University.  Her PhD research focuses on reconstructing the extent, dynamics and timing of glaciers in the Monadhliath Mountains, central Scotland, during the last glaciation.  This field area has received very little research attention and is likely to yield exciting new data for assessing more regional patterns of lateglacial glaciation.   She is using a combination of geomorphological mapping from remotely sensed images and field surveys, alongside sedimentological analysis, in order to initially investigate and interpret the landforms found.  She is a keen skier and sailor and enjoys hill walking.

Kate Botterill is a doctoral student in the School of Geography, Politics and Sociology at the University of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne. She has been working in social policy research for a number of years since achieving her Masters in 2001. She has been employed at university-based research centres in Leeds and Sheffield working on projects focussing on employment and social mobility in the UK. Her doctoral research investigates social mobility among migrants in the EU, looking particularly on Polish migration and exploring how ‘post-socialist’ subjectivities are made, performed and transformed through mobility in Europe. She is interested in understanding the ways in which EU policy and discourse impact on the mobility strategies of those moving to and from Central and Eastern Europe and is conducting qualitative fieldwork in the UK and Poland. Kate is also interested in research around citizenship and civil rights in the EU, particularly work around sexuality, gender and space and she is currently sub-editor of the Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Online journal E-pisteme.

Michelle Brooks is a doctoral student in the Department of Geography at Reading University. As a mature student with two children, Michelle obtained her first class BSc Hons in Geography at Bath Spa University following her work in project management in the emergency aid sector. Her doctoral research involves working with 1st generation Muslim women in the United Kingdom, exploring their perspectives on belonging and social cohesion. Many of the participants access services to improve literacy and learn English and the research looks at the impacts of withdrawal of education in sending countries on belonging with the various communities, local, national and international with whom they identify. Michelle’s fieldwork will take her into several Muslim communities with varying national backgrounds and affiliations. It will seek to assess how policy and service provision can best address the needs of such participants. The fieldwork will be conducted using a literacy-free methodology in order to access perspectives that often cannot be gathered using traditional social research methods in geography. Michelle is a feminist geographer and her research interests are broadly speaking, in geographies of migration, religion and gender intersecting with social policy. Michelle is a keen geographer and a post-graduate fellow of the Royal Geographical Society with the Institute of British Geographers. Michelle lives in Wiltshire and enjoys travelling and relaxing at home with her family and of course – reading!

Georgia Conover is a doctoral student in the School of Geography and Development at the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona.  She comes to geography from a twelve year career in broadcast journalism.  Georgia worked as a political reporter, covering the Florida legislature and events, such as the contested 2000 presidential election, for public television.  She was also News Director and an Emmy nominated producer for Florida’s public broadcasting network, The Florida Channel.  Her past research has involved the geopolitical construction of dance.  Her newest research foray is into the controversial world of Lyme disease testing and treatment.  Georgia also enjoys the outdoors, camping and hiking in the many Arizona mountain ranges and, although she lives in a desert, a variety of water sports from kayaking and racing sailboats to SCUBA diving.

Paulette Cully is soon to embark on a Masters in Equine Science at the University of Edinburgh. Paulette attained a Masters Degree in Coastal Zone Management via a part time distance learning course from Ulster University, Northern Ireland. Her research project entailed comparing the environmental impacts of nuclear power generation to those of wind power using a form of Multi Criteria Decision Analysis. As a full time carer, Paulette gained her first class BSc Hons in Geography whilst studying part time, from Staffordshire University. She spent many hours measuring pebbles on a cold wet Welsh shingle beach for her dissertation which investigated the morphology and regularity of beach cusps at different elevations up the beach face. She still takes pleasure from catching up on the latest research centered on these features.

Caitlin Douglas (cdoug) is a doctoral student at Kings College London and the Institute of Zoology, Zoological Society of London. Caitlin’s research interests lie at the interface between the biological and social sciences, and she has a particular interest in applied ecology. After completing her BSc in Geography at the University of Victoria in 2006 she spent six months researching baboons on the edge of the Namib Desert with the Institute of Zoology’s Tsaobis Baboon Project. She then completed an MSc in Biodiversity, Conservation and Management from the University of Oxford in 2008. Caitlin’s PhD research focuses on understanding the drivers and processes of environmental change along an ephemeral river in Namibia. She aims to understand how dam creation and an invasive tree species have impacted the woody vegetation along the river and the associated impacts on wildlife. A publicly available web-based policy support tool will be generated in the process which will incorporate the complexity of the environmental processes while also allow the testing of policy interventions. Caitlin is heading to Namibia in June to complete her fieldwork and due to unreliable internet connections will unfortunately be on sabbatical until November.

Rosa Mas Giralt (rosamg) is a doctoral candidate at the School of Geography in the University of Leeds (UK). Her research project aims to explore the migration and settlement experiences of Latin Americans and their families living in the north of England, placing special emphasis on the accounts of children and young people within these families. She received a Masters of Arts degree in Communication Studies in 2002 and another Masters in Gender Studies (Research) in 2005, both from the University of Leeds. This interdisciplinary background has expanded her research interests to areas such nationalism in nations without a state, gender equality, social identities, citizenship and belonging, experiences of refugee and migrant children and international migration and transnationalism. She was born in a small town on the coast north of Barcelona but has spent the last few years in Leeds where she has worked as a research assistant on several projects involving both transnational collaborations and ethnic minorities in the UK. She is currently the Chair of the Postgraduate Forum of the Royal Geographical Society with IBG.

Jayne Glass is a doctoral student in Sustainability Studies at the Centre for Mountain Studies in Perth, part of Scotland’s future University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI).  Her PhD focuses on the need for more creative participatory methods for engaging people to discuss complex topics in order to address conflicts and find common solutions.  By developing and testing a novel approach for bringing together a variety of stakeholders, she has facilitated the development of a suite of sustainability indicators for upland estate management in Scotland. Jayne has an MSc in Environmental Sustainability from the University of Edinburgh and an MA (Oxon) in Geography from Hertford College, Oxford.

Richard Gravelle is a doctoral student in Physical Geography at Loughborough University.  He completed a BSc. (Hons) in Geography in 2005 and an MSc. in Glaciology in 2006, both at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth (now Aberystwyth University). His PhD focuses on the critical role of glaciers in the hydrological cycle, and the importance of meltwater as a medium for sediment transport.  This research uses high spatial- and temporal-resolution meltwater discharge and suspended sediment concentration data from Storglaciären, northern Sweden.  These data, combined with a numerical model of glacial water routing, will allow varying patterns of sediment delivery and meltwater discharge to be linked to the seasonal evolution of the subglacial drainage system.  Richard is a keen sports fan (particularly rugby and cricket), and enjoys the outdoors and climbing.

William Hasty is a PhD candidate in Human Geography at the University of Glasgow. He holds a M.A. (Hons) in Geography and an MRes in Human Geography, both University of Glasgow. His doctoral research focuses on the Historical Geographies of Piracy, with a specific interest in the geographies of the pirate ship. The broader concerns that inform this research are in derived from readings in political, cultural and social Geography, as well as the social theories and philosophies of figures such as Doreen Massey, Giorgio Agamben, Slavoj Zizek and Michel Foucault. William is a member of the RGS-IBG Historical Geography Research Group and is the convenor of five-a-side football in his department.

Antonia Law is a Teaching Fellow in Geography at the University of Keele. After completing a BSc (Hons) from the University of Nottingham in 2005, she moved to Royal Holloway University of London and obtained an MSc in Quaternary Science in 2006. Between April 2008 – April 2012 Antonia undertook PhD research at Loughborough University where she was a member of the Polar and Alpine Research Center (PARC). Her PhD investigated the role of climate on lake development both biologically and chemically (ontogeny) in four lakes from south western Greenland. The research utilised a range of palaeolimnological proxies including diatoms, sedimentary pigments, sedimentary parameters and XRF analysis. Her research interests are in palaeolimnology, environmental change in the high latitudes and Quaternary and Arctic sedimentology.

Lee-Sim Lim is a doctoral student in School of Biological and Chemical Science at Queen Mary University of London.  At present, her PhD project focus on the impacts of historical events such as Last Glacial Maximum and sea level changes on Sunda Shelf on forest insectivorous bat diversity (both community structure of the bat assemblage and genetic structure of the Intermediate horseshoe bat populations) in peninsular Malaysia.  The findings, associate with future global warming and current human activities in the area, will further apply to predict the ability of the Old World forest bat species in facing the future habitat change, which ultimately aim to inform local bat conservation management.  Back in 2006, she was also completed her MSc project which traced the migration history of Proto Malays, one of the main aborigines ethnic into peninsular Malaysia, based on the polymorphism of maternal-inherited mitochondrial DNA.  The molecular results were parallel with previous anthropological findings on the ethnic group.  During free time, she likes nature and enjoys exploring, especially places that are still not well-known.

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. Following travel in Europe and Asia, Alanna has worked on environmental sustainability policy for the NSW Government in Australia, as well as on health policy in the UK.  Now living in London, Alanna works in consumer policy, but has an ongoing interest in geography, particularly as it relates to water and energy resources, food and health.

Jenny Lunn received her PhD in Geography from Royal Holloway, University of London in 2011. She did a BA in Geography at Durham University (1999) followed by an MA in the Geography of Third World Development at Royal Holloway, University of London (2001). She returned to studies in 2007 after several years working for the Royal Geographical Society with the Institute of British Geographers in London. Jenny’s recent research looked at the role of religion, spirituality and faith in development. Her fieldwork in Calcutta, India, focused on the motivations and activities of religious organisations engaged in welfare, relief and development work. She took a comparative approach looking at organisations across ten major religions.

Sarah Mills is a lecturer in the Department of Geography, University of Loughborough.  She completed her PhD research at the Institute of Geography & Earth Sciences, Aberystwyth University.  This explored the Scout Movement in Britain and the cultural politics of its youth citizenship project over time.  Sarah attained her BA in Geography in 2006 and her MA in Political Geography in 2007 from Aberystwyth, and is inspired by cultural, historical, feminist and political geography.

Lisa Mol is currently in the last stages of a doctorate in geomorphology (weathering studies), based in the School of Geography and the Environment at the University of Oxford. She has a very keen interest in most things rock-related and spends her time using new geophysical methods (predominantly Electric Resistivity Tomography) to investigate the influence on internal moisture on surface weathering. When not behind her laptop she is often found in the field, most recently in South Africa looking at the Clarens sandstone of the Golden Gate Highlands National Park, trying to figure out how surface weathering is affecting rock art deterioration or teaching undergraduates at Hertford College. Originally from the Netherlands, Lisa moved to the UK to complete a BSc Hons. at Durham University (in which she succeeded in 2004) and the MSc in Environmental Geomorphology (2005) at Oxford. After 2 years of working in a variety of labs she started her doctorate in October 2007 and shares her supervisor’s hopes of finishing soon.

Robin de la Motte, based at the University of Manchester, is a doctoral candidate in Human Geography. After a BA in economics (2001) at the University of Cambridge he completed an internship at the European Commission (development directorate), before joining the Public Services International Research Unit (PSIRU) at the University of Greenwich as a Research Fellow. His work there included the EU-funded WaterTime project (2003 – 2005), examining participation and sustainability in decision-making on water systems in 29 European cities.  His PhD research is on public participation, social capital and co-production in the peri-urban water sector in Latin America, with fieldwork in Venezuela. Alongside his PhD Robin has been involved in the Burlington Society (Manchester’s postgraduate and mature student society), STEPS (the University of Manchester’s training newsletter for postgraduate researchers) and PILAS (the postgraduate affiliate of the Society for Latin American Studies).

Jo Norcup is principal Geography lecturer on the University Preparatory Certificate in Humanities (UPCH) course at University College London’s Language Centre.  Her doctoral research in the Geography department, University of Glasgow explores how dissenting movements, moments, and people are written into and out of the subject’s recent past with a specific focus on the journal Contemporary Issues in Geography and Education. Jo’s research interests’ centre on vernacular geographies: how people make, perform, record, impart, and archive their own geographical philosophies and understandings of the world beyond formal institutional spaces.  Jo has worked as a school geography teacher, a conservation educator at Jersey Zoo, and a freelance geography education adviser. Jo enjoys walking, football, comedy, rock-pooling, people-watching and rummaging around second-hand bookshops.

Alexander Phillips is a doctoral student in Human Geography at the Institute of Geography & Earth Sciences at Aberystwyth University.  His Ph.D research is surrounding the impacts of governmental and media discourse upon Muslim-American communities.  Given this topic Alexander has a keen interest in numerous aspects of Political Geography along with areas of Social & Cultural Geographical research, Media Studies and International Relations theory.  Alexander also obtained his BA in Geography from Aberystwyth in 2007.  Outside of his academic work Alexander is an enthusiastic follower of Formula 1 and cinema. His hobbies include karting, squash, badminton and skiing.

I-Hsien Porter studied geography at Durham University as an undergraduate and a postgraduate, and he completed a research MSc in 2011.  This research reviewed a new hydrological model, which was developed at the Department of Geography, Durham University and applied to a flood risk management study in North Yorkshire.  I-Hsien now works for an environmental consultancy, specialising in flood modelling and GIS.  He maintains general research interests in natural hazards and environmental modelling and is a tutor at St John’s College, Durham.

Matthew Rech is a doctoral student in Geography at the University of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne. His current research focuses on military recruitment practices associated with the Royal Air Force. Whilst primarily rooted in the sub-discipline of Critical Geopolitics, the project draws heavily upon key conceptual debates in cultural geography, cultural studies and aesthetic theory. The methodological approach emphasises the more-than-representational qualities of military recruitment, and the particular ways of seeing that make recruitment effective. Matthew attained his BA in Geography in 2007 and his MA in Human Geography Research in 2008, both at the University of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne. Previous dissertations have focused on systems theory and environmental policy, and the social effects of natural disaster.

Daniel Schillereff is currently undertaking his doctoral studies in the School of Environmental Science at the University of Liverpool. His PhD focuses on the potential for lake sediment sequences to preserve records of historical flood events across the UK. This work will be valuable to river managers and policy makers as it will enable more robust estimations of flood return periods to be calculated. Integrating sedimentary analyses with laboratory techniques enables Daniel to split his time between fieldwork at beautiful locations and the upper-floor University labs overlooking Liverpool and north Wales. More broadly, Daniel is interested in environmental and climate change, Peak Oil and geomorphology and sits on the Postgraduate Committee for the British Society of Geomorphology.

Deserts, nomads, states in transition attracted Troy Sternberg to Geography. Vast, exquisite perspectives and enduring lives in drylands and steppes from Wyoming to Mongolia became his research interest. A geographer should know the world – Troy’s preferred way across the continents is by train, particularly in Asia. He recently completed his D. Phil on the Gobi Desert at Oxford University where he is now a post-doc.

Kelly Wakefield is studying for a PhD in the Geography Department at Loughborough University.  Her current research focuses on transnational higher education networks of learning and teaching in geography. She completed a BSc in Geography and American Studies in 2003 at the University of Central Lancashire and after taking a few years out to work and travel she attained MA Landscape and Culture in 2007 at the University of Nottingham. 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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