Geography

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MPhil/PhD, or option of joint PhD with HKU/Humboldt/NUS

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Part Time, Full Time

Staff interests associated with the research programme and its research groups

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Aeolian geomorphology, complex systems; physics of saltation, turbulence in boundary layers, vegetation and aeolian sand transport, development of dune landscapes, self-organization models, aeolian streamers, spatio-temporal variability in transport.
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020 7848 2421
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Natural hazards (wildfires, earthquakes, floods, landslides), environmental hazards (heavy-metal contamination), time series analyses, and confronting models with data in the broad environmental sciences.
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020 7848 2466
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Health geography; consumption; critical geographies of public health; lifestyles; political economy of food; urban political ecology.
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+44 (0)20 7848 1735
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Critical water resources geography; social networks and environmental management; global approaches to terrorism; South Asia.
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020 7848 1667
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Politics of climate change; environmental history; philosophy of science; social theory; North America.
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020 7848 2622
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Historical geography; 19th-century labour protests; public welfare, wealth and the middle class; social exclusion of young people; London.
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020 7848 2721
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Dr Potts works in the broad research field of urbanisation and migration in sub-Saharan Africa, particularly southern Africa. She also works on land and environmental issues in the region in the context of political ecology. Her research on rural-urban migration in sub-Saharan Africa examines migration rates and motivations, rural-urban linkages, urban-rural movements, migrants' land rights and analytical approaches to urban migrancy and migrants within the Africanist literature. In terms of urbanization she is interested in the nature of urban growth, evaluating the ways in which changing economic patterns in most African countries have had profound effects on contemporary urbanization and rates of net in-migration. An important research interest focuses on how structural adjustment policies in most sub-Saharan African countries have affected the livelihoods of the urban poor, as their real incomes have fallen and informalization of the economy has progressed. These two strands of her research have been followed through since 1985 with an ongoing longitudinal research project on rural-urban migrants in Harare, Zimbabwe. She also has a longstanding interest in the nature and provision of low-income housing in African cities. She has recently published two co-edited volumes on development challenges in East and southern Africa, and on African urban economies and in 2010 will publish a new book on circular migration in sub-Saharan Africa which brings together her work both on general trends there in urbanization and internal migration and her longitudinal work on these issues in Zimbabwe. The linkage between land and migration has drawn her research also towards issues of land tenure and land reform in southern Africa, and the tensions between the approaches and policies towards environmental and agricultural issues designed by policy makers and economists, and the experience and perceptions of poor, rural people. Dr Potts also has a research interest in human fertility in Africa.
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020 7848 1572
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Risk regulation; regulatory transparency; accountability and public participation; regulatory reform; science and governance.
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+44 (0)20 7848 1123
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Modelling land surface and ecological impacts of environmental change especially land use change and climate change; desertification and land degradation in arid and semi arid environments; hydrological processes and impacts in Mediterranean and tropical environments with particular emphasis on vegetation hydrology interactions; tropical forest processes and dynamics especially with respect to tropical montane cloud forests; decision and policy support tools for modelling human impacts on the environment in dryland and tropical humid environments; environmentaol monitoring and remote sensing particularly from aerial photography and ground penetrating radar; Colombia, Ecuador, Philippines, Spain, Italy, Greece, North Africa.
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020 7848 2280
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Human impacts and adaptation to climate change, human vulnerability to natural hazards, international development, sustainable urbanisation, institutions and governance in risk management.
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020 7848 2462
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Earth observation; remote sensing; global biomass burning; atmospheric pollution; carbon cycle; infrared temperature measurement; environmental modelling; volcanology; geophysical hazards; spectroscopy.
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020 7848 2577
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Aquatic ecology; ecosystem function; river and estuary invertebrates; ecological responses to environmental change.
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+44 (0)20 7848 2641
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Remote sensing; GIS; semi-arid and arid zone geomorphology and geoarchaeology; land degradation and soil erosion; the Sahara Desert, India and Spain.
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020 7848 2798
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Risk communication and management; renewable energy policy; transboundary environmental issues; telecommunications; biosafety; food and pharmaceuticals.
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020 7848 1404
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Political ecology; forestry policy; NGOs and environmental politics; urban pollution; Asia.
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020 7848 2258
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Geography of international boundaries and territorial disputes; use of historical archives in political geography; Arabia and the Persian Gulf.
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020 7848 1345
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Labour mobility and housing within large organisations; allotments and community gardening; geographies of ageing and masculinity; Japan.
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020 7848 2628
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Riparian plant ecology and hydrogeomorphology; landscape ecology; plant physiological variability and its influence on ecological processes.
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020 7848 1233
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Urban regeneration and gentrification with special reference to London; the geography of education – specifically choice and achievement; the relationship between gentrification and education and/or ethnicity; change in East London; changes in class structure.
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020 7848 1693
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