Peter McGowran is a PhD student in the Department of Geography. Prior to joining King's, he completed a BA (Hons) in Human Geography and a MSc in Disaster Management and Sustainable Development at Northumbria University.
Peter is interested in disaster risk, hazards, political theory, post-structural theory, human-environment relations and the policies related to them.
Thesis title: 'Assemblage theory and disaster risk management: Politics and landslides in Kalimpong, India'
Peter's research focuses on landslides, but more specifically how landslides emerge out of development processes. He focuses on the political, economic and cultural contexts of landslides to understand how the risk of landslides is created, and thus how this risk can be reduced.
The study location for his PhD is Kalimpong district in North East of India. It is in the Himalayas, and so many of its physical characteristics make the region prone to landslides. He is interested in how these characteristics are exacerbated by human development.