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Staff research interests

Below is a provisional guide to staff research interests (as the academic may be interested in additional topics):

Agriculture

  • Isobel Tomlinson: Food security; organic agriculture; agroecology; UK agriculture policy; biosecurity; tree and plant disease management.

Archaeology

  • Becky Briant: long-term river behaviour; climate change; climate-driven flows of both sediment and water within river basins; river behaviour and climate; glacial-interglacial cycles; river systems in the Quaternary; OSL dating; Palaeolithic archaeology; numerical modelling.

Anthropology

  • Penny Vera-Sanso: social, cultural and economic dimensions of poverty and globalisation with specific reference to gender and old age in urban and rural South India. Penny's interests cover family relations, housing, micro-credit, urban planning, labour markets, Tamil film industry and civil society.

Biodiversity and conservation

  • Yoseph Araya: Plant ecology; biodiversity and conservation; ecohydrology; ecosystem functioning; biogeochemical cycles; citizen science; public education & engagement.
  • Isobel Tomlinson: Food security; organic agriculture; agroecology; UK agriculture policy; biosecurity; tree and plant disease management.

Biosecurity

  • Isobel Tomlinson: Food security; organic agriculture; agroecology; UK agriculture policy; biosecurity; tree and plant disease management.

Childhood studies

  • Karen Wells: Constructions and experiences of childhood with a particular focus on the impacts of globalisation on the material and visual cultures of childhood. Cultural and social urban geography, particularly in relation to children and childhood; transnational spaces and identities.

Climate change

  • Yoseph Araya: Plant ecology; biodiversity and conservation; ecohydrology; ecosystem functioning; biogeochemical cycles; citizen science; public education & engagement.
  • Becky Briant: long-term river behaviour; climate change; climate-driven flows of both sediment and water within river basins; river behaviour and climate; glacial-interglacial cycles; river systems in the Quaternary; OSL dating; Palaeolithic archaeology; numerical modelling.
  • Susan Brooks: Geomorphological processes; hydrology; hydrological modelling; soil erosion; soil development; slope stability; Holocene climate change.

Coastal studies

  • Diane Horn: Coastal geomorphology; experimental geomorphology; modelling coastal processes and sediment transport, especially waves and beaches; coastal policy.

Development studies

  • Joana Barros: Computational models of urban systems; Latin American cities; complexity theory; urban planning in developing countries.
  • Jasmine Gideon: Latin American social policy, health policy and health reform, gender, economic and social rights, health and migration, poverty, gender and development, development studies.
  • Penny Vera-Sanso: social, cultural and economic dimensions of poverty and globalisation with specific reference to gender and old age in urban and rural South India. Penny's interests cover family relations, housing, micro-credit, urban planning, labour markets, Tamil film industry and civil society.
  • Karen Wells: Cultural and social urban geography, particularly related to children and childhood; transnational spaces and identities

Employment / labour markets

  • Rosie Cox: Social polarisation in London; paid domestic work; food consumption habits; gender and geography.
  • Paul Watt: Cities, class formation and the inter-relationships between social and spatial inequality

Environmental education

  • Yoseph Araya: Plant ecology; biodiversity and conservation; ecohydrology; ecosystem functioning; biogeochemical cycles; citizen science; public education & engagement.

Environmental studies

  • Yoseph Araya: Plant ecology; biodiversity and conservation; ecohydrology; ecosystem functioning; biogeochemical cycles; citizen science; public education & engagement.
  • Kezia Barker: Environmental policy and biosecurity

Food habits

  • Rosie Cox: Social polarisation in London; paid domestic work; food consumption habits; gender and geography.

Gender studies

  • Rosie Cox: Social polarisation in London; paid domestic work; food consumption habits; gender and geography.
  • Jasmine Gideon: Latin American social policy, health policy and health reform, gender, economic and social rights, health and migration, poverty, gender and development, development studies.
  • Penny Vera-Sanso: social, cultural and economic dimensions of poverty and globalisation with specific reference to gender and old age in urban and rural South India. Penny's interests cover family relations, housing, micro-credit, urban planning, labour markets, Tamil film industry and civil society.

Geomorphology

  • Sue Brooks: Geomorphological processes; hydrology; hydrological modelling; soil erosion; soil development; slope stability; Holocene climate change
  • Paul Elsner: Remote sensing and GIS techniques used in geomorphological processes.
  • Diane Horn: Coastal geomorphology; experimental geomorphology; modelling coastal processes and sediment transport, especially waves and beaches; coastal policy.

Gerontology

  • Penny Vera-Sanso: social, cultural and economic dimensions of poverty and globalisation with specific reference to gender and old age in urban and rural South India. Penny's interests cover family relations, housing, micro-credit, urban planning, labour markets, Tamil film industry and civil society.

Geographic Information Science (GIS)

  • Joana Barros: Geocomputation, specifically agent-based and cellular automata models applied to urban systems; complexity theory; representation of dynamics in GIS; urban development in developing countries; applying dynamic models to urban development of cities in Latin America
  • Paul Elsner: Remote sensing and GIS techniques used in geomorphological processes.
  • Shino Shiode: Quantative interpretation of, an applications on, the spatial-temporal changes of urban, criminal and epidemiological phenomena and events; spatial analysis and statistics; GIS tool development; geocomputation; geovisualisation and GI applications in urban, crime and medical geography.
  • Karen Wells: Constructions and experiences of childhood with a particular focus on the impacts of globalisation on the material and visual cultures of childhood. Cultural and social urban geography, particularly in relation to children and childhood; transnational spaces and identities.

Globalisation

  • Jasmine Gideon: Development geography; Latin America; globalisation and healthcare
  • Penny Vera-Sanso: social, cultural and economic dimensions of poverty and globalisation with specific reference to gender and old age in urban and rural South India. Penny's interests cover family relations, housing, micro-credit, urban planning, labour markets, Tamil film industry and civil society.
  • Karen Wells: Constructions and experiences of childhood with a particular focus on the impacts of globalisation on the material and visual cultures of childhood. Cultural and social urban geography, particularly in relation to children and childhood; transnational spaces and identities.

Health

  • Jasmine Gideon: Latin American social policy, health policy and health reform, gender, economic and social rights, health and migration, poverty, gender and development, development studies.

Hydrology

  • Yoseph Araya: Plant ecology; biodiversity and conservation; ecohydrology; ecosystem functioning; biogeochemical cycles; citizen science; public education & engagement.
  • Susan Brooks: Geomorphological processes; hydrology; hydrological modelling; soil erosion; soil development; slope stability; Holocene climate change.

Latin America

  • Joana Barros: Computational models of urban systems; Latin American cities; complexity theory; urban planning in developing countries.
  • Jasmine Gideon: Latin American social policy, health policy and health reform, gender, economic and social rights, health and migration, poverty, gender and development, development studies.

London studies

  • Rosie Cox: Social polarisation in London; paid domestic work; food consumption habits; gender and geography.
  • Paul Watt: Cities, class formation and the inter-relationships between social and spatial inequality

River systems

  • Becky Briant: long-term river behaviour; climate change; climate-driven flows of both sediment and water within river basins; river behaviour and climate; glacial-interglacial cycles; river systems in the Quaternary; OSL dating; Palaeolithic archaeology; numerical modelling.

Soil erosion / soil studies

  • Susan Brooks: Geomorphological processes; hydrology; hydrological modelling; soil erosion; soil development; slope stability; Holocene climate change.

South Asia

  • Penny Vera-Sanso: social, cultural and economic dimensions of poverty and globalisation with specific reference to gender and old age in urban and rural South India. Penny's interests cover family relations, housing, micro-credit, urban planning, labour markets, Tamil film industry and civil society.

Tree diseases

  • Isobel Tomlinson: Food security; organic agriculture; agroecology; UK agriculture policy; biosecurity; tree and plant disease management.

Urban / suburban studies

  • Joana Barros: Computational models of urban systems; Latin American cities; complexity theory; urban planning in developing countries.
  • Paul Watt: cities and socio-spatial inequality; neighbourhoods, place and community; social class; suburbanisation and suburbia; social housing; tenant activism; urban regeneration; discourse analysis and urban/housing policy; social geography of youth; youth transitions; youth and citizenship.
  • Penny Vera-Sanso: social, cultural and economic dimensions of poverty and globalisation with specific reference to gender and old age in urban and rural South India. Penny's interests cover family relations, housing, micro-credit, urban planning, labour markets, Tamil film industry and civil society.
  • Karen Wells: Constructions and experiences of childhood with a particular focus on the impacts of globalisation on the material and visual cultures of childhood. Cultural and social urban geography, particularly in relation to children and childhood; transnational spaces and identities.

Youth studies

  • Paul Watt: cities and socio-spatial inequality; neighbourhoods, place and community; social class; suburbanisation and suburbia; social housing; tenant activism; urban regeneration; discourse analysis and urban/housing policy; social geography of youth; youth transitions; youth and citizenship.