Postgraduate research

Human and Social Geography

Critical and Creative Geographies

Professor Katy Bennett

Katy’s research challenges and advances ways of understanding everyday multiculturalism in an era of global migration and ethnically complex populations. It coils around multiculture, place, diversity and emotional geographies involving creative methods working at the interface of social science and psychotherapeutic techniques and interdisciplinary team working in digital geographies.

Dr Ben Coles

Ben’s research focuses particularly on the geographies of commodities, especially the nexus of food, water, and energy as they intersect with ‘the’ marketplace to shape/reshape political-economic space. In his research Ben has conceptual and methodological interests in place, space, and scale as well as in 'nexus' and ‘critical nexus thinking’ as a means to interrogate social-spatial interconnectivity address the moral assumptions associated with notions of 'ethical' and redress the implicit contradictions of resource economies.

Dr Stef De Sabbata

Stef is a geographic data scientist working at the intersection between human geography, artificial intelligence, and internet studies. He focuses on developing new machine learning approaches to geographic information analysis - for instance applying deep neural networks to geodemographic classification and natural language processing to digital geographies. Studying internet platforms and their biases is one of his most long-standing research areas. Understanding the biases of user-generated content is crucial as such data feeds into a wide range of applications and they can reveal inequalities within our cities.

Dr Marie Godin

Marie’s broader research interests lie in the area of migration and development, with a focus on diaspora engagement and gender, social protection and political activism. She explores how the development of tech-social protection initiatives and digital technologies led by, with or for refugees, is contributing to a reshaping of the politics of welfare at the local, national and transnational levels.

Dr Angela Last

Angela is an interdisciplinary researcher in the field of political ecology, drawing on her background in art & design and science communication to investigate environmental controversies and geographical knowledge production.

Dr Tess Osborne

Tess is a digital and health geographer, and she explore the link between the application of digital technology (as a method and in everyday life) and questions of health and wellbeing, embodiment and mobilities in urban settings. She explores the potential of digital technologies within geography including biosensing, virtual reality, video games and AI.

Professor Martin Phillips

Martin’s research interests are in rural social and cultural geography, society/environment relations, historical geography, and philosophy and social theory in geography. Much of his work focuses on material and symbolic constructions of rural space, particularly linked rural gentrification. This work has included consideration of post-carbon transition, nature and landscape transformations, climate change mitigation and adaptation, comparative research, and processes of social and more-than-human displacement. This research connects to wider interests in society and environment relations.

Professor Caroline Upton

Caroline’s key areas of research focus on local responses to environmental change; resilience; sustainable livelihoods; conservation practices and politics in diverse geographical contexts. She is concerned with exploring dynamic interactions between knowledges, technologies, policy and practice in the context of debates around conservation and climate change resilience/ adaptation.

Dr Matt Wilde

Matt is an interdisciplinary social scientist who specialises in research on popular democracies and urban politics, energy and natural resources, everyday moralities and ethnographic approaches to the state. Matt's work sits at the interface between social anthropology and critical geography. He is interested in how political ideas, social movements and everyday moral experiences are shaped by wider economic forces, particularly those that relate to energy, infrastructure and natural resources.

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