Human and Social Geography

Environmental Governance and Social Justice

Dr Caroline Upton

  • Critical approaches to ecosystem services and valuation practices
  • Contemporary environmental justice mobilisations
  • Environmental governance in pastoral environments

Dr Ben Coles

  • Food, Energy Water (security, justice sovereignty)
  • Perceptions and Understandings of place
  • Commodity processes and relations

Dr Stefano De Sabbata

  • Quantitative, network analysis, and visual analytics approaches to “nature 2.0” analysis
  • Use of Volunteered Geographic Information and Public Participation GIS methods in grassroots movements

Dr Claire Jarvis

  • Spatial analysis
  • Visualisation (2D & 3D)
  • Mediascape

Professor Loretta Lees

  • Urban and Social Sustainability
  • Critical Geographies of Architecture
  • Urban policy/Housing policy

Dr Brett Sylvester Matulis

  • Critical perspectives on ecosystem services, natural capital, and the financialisation of conservation
  • Environmental governance at the global level through large international meetings (e.g. World Conservation Congress, Forest Stewardship Council, COP to the UNFCCC)
  • The interface between conservation politics and new digital technologies, especially social media

Professor Martin Phillips

  • More-than-representational geographies of nature
  • Carbonised countrysides and low carbon transitions
  • Representations of past, present and future natures and rurality

Everyday Geopolitical Lives

Dr Katy Bennett

  • Super diversity, multiculture and policy making
  • Multiculture, conviviality and belonging
  • Work and gender

Professor Gavin Brown

  • The production of geopolitical knowledge about sexual orientation and gender identity
  • Cultural and historical geographies of the international anti-apartheid movement (1960 – 1994) and similar international solidarity social movements
  • Cultural and historical geographies of individuals and organisations associated with the far Left (anarchist, communist and socialist political movements)

Dr Ben Coles

  • Everyday cosmopolitan consumption
  • ‘Making’ places (e.g. streets, markets, etc.)
  • ‘Alternative’ production and consumption practices

Dr Stefano De Sabbata

  • Quantitative, network analysis, and visual analytics approaches to understanding online activism
  • Development and application of Volunteered Geographic Information and Public Participation GIS approaches

Dr Claire Jarvis

  • Framing a locative digital sensorium: Virtual reality, GIS and smell
  • The nature of “everyday” spatial literacies
  • New methods for critically visualizing the food-energy-water nexus

Professor Loretta Lees

  • Resistance to Gentrification
  • Alternatives to Gentrification
  • Scholar-Activism on cities

Professor Clare Madge

  • Aspects of international student mobility, including work focusing on international education from a postcolonial perspective, student mobility within, to and from Africa, and work examining the relationship of social media to international study
  • Creative geographies, particularly focusing on aesthetic intimacy, affective geopolitics and creative methods circulating to/from/within Africa
  • Embodied and emotional geographies of health, focusing in particular on geographies of cancer, including intimate geopolitics of the body and everyday survival

Dr Brett Sylvester Matulis

  • The practice of radical democracy activism in anonymous virtual spaces (e.g. the darknet)
  • The casual racism of the "Internet Hate Machine"
  • Political economies of illicit online marketplaces

Professor Martin Phillips

  • Symbolic and affective constructions of community
  • Austerity and the restructuring of spaces of community
  • Museum and heritage geographies
  • Touristic geographies of stillness and the accelerated sublime

Dr Caroline Upton

  • Environmentality and environmental citizenship
  • Ethnographies of environmental policymaking

Dr Matt Wilde

  • Ethnography and participatory research
  • Everyday urban life, popular politics, activism and social movements, the state, political economy
  • Europe, Latin America and the UK

GIScience Unit

Dr Stefano De Sabbata

  • Volunteered Geographic Information (VGI), social media and user-generated content
  • Deep learning methods in GIScience
  • Digital geographies
  • Quantitative urban geography
  • Geographic Information Retrieval
  • Mobile and location-based services
  • Information visualisation

Dr Claire Jarvis

  • GIScience
  • Storyboards
  • The “twitterscape”
  • GPS tracking
  • Spatial literacy
  • Sensory GIS
  • Visualisation of networks
  • Spatial analysis
  • Visualisation (2D & 3D)
  • Mediascape

Dr Nicholas Tate

  • Surface characterisation and modelling of scale
  • Spatial data uncertainty and error
  • Pedagogic applications in GIS and data science

Planetary, Urban and Rural Transformations

Professor Loretta Lees

  • Gentrification
  • Urbanization
  • Comparative urbanism

Professor Martin Phillips

  • Rural and urban gentrification
  • Transformations in the rural working classes
  • Changing cultural representations of the countryside

Dr Gavin Brown

  • Cultural and historical geographies of sexual minority (LGBTQ) lives in urban and/or rural areas around the world
  • Contemporary (and historical) studies of protests in urban space and social movements that contest processes of urban change

Dr Katy Bennett

  • Emotional geographies of industrial ruin
  • Memory, heritage and post-industrial landscapes

Dr Ben Coles

  • Markets (at all scales and configurations), their materialisations and their challenges
  • ‘Craft’/’Artisanal’ production and consumption
  • Urban/rural connections and materialities (e.g. food, energy, water)

Dr Stefano De Sabbata

  • Study of information inequalities: urban/rural divides in access, participation, and representation on the internet
  • Geodemographic analysis
  • Regional analysis of Open Data and Volunteer Geographic Information

Dr Claire Jarvis

  • GIScience
  • Storyboards
  • The “twitterscape”