Staff Research Interests
Historical environmental change in the Indian Ocean World; Institutional responses to natural disasters in history; Cultural narratives of climate; Environmental history of western India
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.
Labour markets, welfare states and policy change in Europe; regional inequalities and the political economy of the enlarged Europe; geographies of globalisation and the rise of China; urban development in a 'mobile' world.
Systems innovation; Climate change adaptation; Global resource securities
Geographies of Consumption and Production. The geographical relationships between spaces of production and places of consumption with a specific focus on the processes of value creation which bring needed and desired commodities to marketplaces in Africa; 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.
Education in the city; social mixing; gentrification; regeneration of East London; social class in British society.
Eco-city mega-projects and sustainable urbanism in emerging economies, especially in China and the Gulf; the emergence of the green economy and of new sectors within the economy; critical approaches to urban sustainability and low-carbon economies.
Effects of natural and human-induced ecosystem change on aquatic organisms; implications of ecosystem changes on the functioning of aquatic ecosystems
Theorising institutions, collective action and natural resource management; Analysing policies on governance, service delivery, poverty and wellbeing; Understanding the everyday politics of gendered livelihoods and resource access
River processes and management; sustainable use of natural systems (especially water); geographical and environmental methods, techniques and philosophy
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
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.
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.
Urban social change; housing and gentrification; the geography of education and welfare; inequality, social polarisation and social exclusion especially in London; urbanisation and economic and social change in China.
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.
The water-energy-food nexus; the political economy and ecology of development; environmental security and governance; environmental policy.
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.
Demographic change in Latin America and the Philippines during the Spanish colonial period; The impact of colonial rule on indigenous societies; Portuguese slave trade to Spanish America; The history of medicine in early colonial Spanish America.
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
Michael Redclift (not available for PhD supervision)
Sustainable development, especially in developing countries; global environmental policy; environmental security; tourism and the environment.
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.
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; The influence of clouds and aerosols on atmospheric transmissivity; Using remote sensing and fire spread modelling to improve wildfire training within the UK Fire and Rescue Services
urban horticulture; sustainability and population aging; labour mobility in large organisations; Japanese economy and environment.
Remote sensing / Earth observation; biomass burning; active volcanoes; natural hazards; thermal processes atmospheric pollutionisation and complex systems.