Staff Research Interests
Migration under environmental change; Ecosystem services and wellbeing linkages; Subjective wellbeing and environmental change; Transformations and socio-ecological resilience; Adaptation to climate change; Immobility and place attachment.
Historical environmental change in the Indian Ocean World; Institutional responses to natural disasters in history; Cultural narratives of climate; Environmental history of western India
Tony Allan (not available for PhD supervision)
Understanding and communication of water issues; how water issues are linked to agriculture, climate change, economics and politics; social and political contexts which influence and determine water use and water policy; global water resource.
Urban and cultural geography with regards to issues of identity and representation; Queer urban culture; Social identities in relation to religion, race, gender and sexuality; Cinema and the city
Aeolian geomorphology; dunes; deserts; wind; turbulence; sediment transport processes; non-linear dynamics; self-organisation.
Geographies of consumption and production: Chinese investment in Africa; Clothing and Textile Industries; Consumer Culture and Fashion in the Global North; Corruption and Development; Economic and Social Change in Southern Africa; Global Production Networks; Lusophone Africa; Second-hand Geographies.
Political ecology; environmental policy and conflict in the Global South; celebrity environments; political geography; forest politics; NGOs.
Effects of natural and human-induced ecosystem change on aquatic organisms; implications of ecosystem changes on the functioning of aquatic ecosystems
Postcolonial geopolitics, Decolonisation and the ‘modern’ Commonwealth, The historical and contemporary politics of development,Race and migration, Modern architecture and planning, Volunteering, heritage and enthusiasm, Colonial and postcolonial Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Postcolonial urbanism and urban transformations; Critical geographies of smart urbanism and urban futures; Slums and informal settlements;Gender citizenship, urban violence and rule of law;Transnational urbanism, migrant citizenship, and translocal geographies of belonging
Nicholas De Genova
Migration, borders, and the securitisation of human mobility; the politics of citizenship and national identity; state formation and nationalism; racialisation; labour and class formation; everyday life and the production of space; transnational social formations and global political economy; urban social inequality.
Cultural politics of climate change; flood risk management; environmental politics and policy; science studies and social theory.
Role of science in decision-making and policy in environmental hazard management and risk assessment Philosophy and sociology of advisory science Sociology of risk Igneous petrology Volcanic gas chemistry and ground-based remote sensing
Remote sensing, geomorphological analysis and geochemical analysis of landforms and processes of landform change in semi-arid and arid environments; soil erosion models and mixture models applied to remotely-sensed imagery; North Africa; Namibia.
Biogeomorphology and ecohydrology; urban ecosystems and biodiversity; reconciliation ecology; warfare ecology; river management.
Economic, social and political change from 18th, 19th and early 20th Century London; social policy; working class communities; welfare and urban government.
Health; consumption; public health; lifestyles; political economy of food; urban political ecology.
Relationships between climate, history and culture. In particular the numerous ways in which climate change is deployed in public and political discourse around the world drawing on theories and methods from science and technology studies, geographies of science, political philosophy and environmental history.
The development of evidence based health and safety policies; Risk communication (with a specific focus on the chemical, environment, food, and pharmaceutical areas); The role of transparency in policy making; Evidence based policy making in Europe.
Urban political ecology; water politics; Marxist thought; radical geography
Bruce D. Malamud
Models and data in natural hazards, including forest fires, earthquakes, landslides and floods; fractals; persistence time series analysis.
Agent-based modelling of geographical systems; spatial modelling of ecological succession-disturbance dynamics; socio-ecological modelling for natural resource management; epistemology of modelling and simulation.
Transboundary water conflict and cooperation; water governance; environmental security; framing of natural resources management.
Eco-hydrology; Mediterranean desertification; climate and land use change on tropical forests; GIS and modelling – Colombia, Ecuador.
Critical water resources geography; social networks and environmental management; approaches to terrorism.
Disaster risk reduction; adaptation to climate change; urban political ecology.
Rural urban migration; urbanization; structural adjustment and the urban poor; land tenure and reform – Southern Africa.
Social and economic networks; Firm location, innovation, and growth; Impact of embedded, networked technologies on urban environments ('smart cities'); 'Big Data' from digitally-enabled communications and transportation networks as a platform for research.
Risk regulation; regulatory transparency; accountability and public participation; regulatory reform; science and governance.
International boundaries and territorial disputes; political geography of the Arabian peninsula and the Persian Gulf; geopolitics.
Quantitative appreciation of how socio-economic activities unfold within an urban context over space and time.
Biomass burning emissions from Australian savanna and UK moorland ecosystems; Open-path and solar occultation FTIR field spectroscopy; Automatic classification of cloud cover and cloud type from LIDAR ceilometry.
Remote sensing of aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems; Field spectroscopy and algorithm development; Ecohydrology and lake ecology; Biodiversity conservation ;Sustainable development; East Africa
Remote sensing / Earth observation; biomass burning; active volcanoes; natural hazards; thermal processes atmospheric pollutionisation and complex systems.
Spatial data mining, spatiotemporal visualization, complex network analysis, and the use of such analytical techniques for urban and transport planning.