Our News Editors

Writing regular articles that connect recent journal content to news topics, our news editors are postgraduate 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

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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

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  • Eimear is a PhD student in the School of Geography at Queen Mary University of London, where she also obtained an MA in Cities and Cultures and graduated with distinction.
  • Her research explores forms of Irish dance that exist outside the intensely regulated competitive Irish step dancing scene. These forms of Irish dance are being developed by choreographers and teachers who are pursuing ways of dancing that both stay true to tradition and challenge the limits of what counts as traditional or ‘proper’ Irish step dancing. Engaging with questions about the national and diasporic transmission and remaking of tradition and questions of cultural ownership, her research explores these alternative forms of Irish dance from the perspective of those who choreograph, teach, and learn Irish step dancing, and through her own practice as a dancer.

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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 

Kieran Phelankieran-postgrad-card

  • Kieran is an Economic and Social Research Council funded PhD student in the School of Geography at the University of Nottingham, where he completed a MSc in Human Geography. In 2015, he also obtained a BA (Hons) in Geography at the same institution.
  • His research primarily looks at the geographies of fashion, making, craft and creativity. Critically looking at how luxury value is accrued and communicated along commodity chains, Kieran is exploring the geographies of Harris Tweed. Through reviewing the cloth’s underpinning place, people, provenance and craft, Kieran hopes to review how all of these principles are all embroiled within the commodification of the cloth. His research interests more broadly are concerned with economic geography, value and ‘creative’ economies.
  • Follow Kieran on Twitter: @kieranspeaks

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

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  • Jillian is a Phd researcher in the School of Geography, Earth, and Environmental Science at the University of Birmingham. She previously earned a BSc (University of Waterloo, Canada) and an ALM (Harvard University, DCE).
  • Jillian’s research explores mining reclamation in northern Canada, with a particular focus on Métis indigenous ecological knowledge.
  • Jillian is a teaching fellow at Harvard University’s Extension School and also serves on the executive committees of a conservation foundation board and a watershed alliance board.

Catherine Waite geography-directions-bio

  • Catherine is a PhD student in the School of Geography at the University of Nottingham, where she also obtained a BSc (Hons) in Geography in 2015.
  • Her research focuses on developing new methods for high-resolution image capture using relatively unexplored remote sensing platforms, such as Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) and microlight aircraft, and the application of these technologies to biogeographical studies.  She hopes that by exploiting the value of these platforms, including enhanced spatial and temporal resolution over traditional remotes sensing techniques, and combining these new technologies with ground-based data collection, they will help enhance our ecological knowledge.  Her research, therefore, spans a variety of geographical themes, including GIS and remote sensing, biogeography, ecology and conservation science.
  • Follow Catherine on Twitter: @ce_waite

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

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